Thursday, November 29, 2007

THE ACC/SWAC CHALLENGE

Part of the expansion of the ACC some years back was the little known ACC/SWAC Challenge. The challenge was first initiated to allow Florida State to win at least one game a year by taking on much smaller schools from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

The ACC/SWAC Challenge was rarely played once FSU got up to speed. The addition of Miami, Boston College and Virginia Tech has been smoother as BC has an established program and the Hokies have done better than anticipated.

Miami however is struggling a bit, and since there aren’t enough Big 10 cream puffs, the Hurricanes got 1AA Alabama State (Hornets, 4,600 students, Montgomery, AL) in the ACC/SWAC Challenge.

The Hornets damn near got the last laugh leading early in the first half, but the Canes ultimately prevailed 83-74.

Jimmy Graham #00 of Miami grabs a rebound over Richard Lott Jr. #40 of Alabama State.

(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

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