Thursday, December 2, 2010

ACC-Big Ten Challenge

Kyrie Irving
#1 DUKE , #6 Michigan State (Spartans, 36,849 students, East Lansing, MI) – Evidently, one ACC freshman isn’t having any trouble getting his feet under him and that is Duke’s Kyrie Irving. Last night Dick Vitale was spewing superlatives about the Blue Devils’ “Diaper Dandy,” and you know what? He was right. Irving scored a season-high 31 points and No. 1 Duke beat No. 6 Michigan State in the marquee matchup of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Nolan Smith added 17 points and Kyle Singler scored 15 for the Blue Devils (7-0). They shot 47 percent, turned 20 Michigan State turnovers into 28 points, used a 12-2 spurt midway through the second half to take a double-figure lead and held off the Spartans down the stretch by hitting 9 of 12 free throws in the final 1:15. Game over.

Wisconsin (Badgers, 28,960 students, Madison, WI) 87, N.C. STATE 48 – Jon Leuer scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds, Jordan Taylor added 21 points and Wisconsin used a 23-0 run straddling halftime to beat North Carolina State on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Wisconsin (5-2) rebounded from a loss to Notre Dame in the finals of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday night with a withering defensive performance, holding the Wolfpack (4-2) scoreless more than 10 minutes and limiting them to 31 percent shooting.

BOSTON COLLEGE 88, Indiana (Hoosiers, 32,490 students, Bloomington, IN) 76 – Reggie Jackson scored 27 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists to lift Boston College to a win over Indiana on Wednesday in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup.

The victory improved the Eagles (5-2) to 5-0 against the Big Ten since joining the ACC. The Eagles are the only unbeaten school in the series of either conference. Indiana (6-1) was off to its best start under coach Tom Crean.

Reggie Jackson
#22 Purdue (Boilermakers, 31,145 students, West Lafayette, IN) 58, VIRGINIA TECH 55 –JuJuan Johnson scored 29 points, including a go-ahead 15-footer with 1:27 left in overtime, and the 22nd-ranked Boilermakers beat Virginia Tech on Wednesday night, clinching the ACC/Big Ten Challenge for the Big Ten for the second straight season.

MARYLAND 62, Penn State (Nittany Lions, 38,630 students, State College, PA) 39 – Jordan Jordan Williams had 15 points and 11 rebounds as Maryland overcame a slow start to defeat Penn State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Dino Gregory, Sean Mosley and Terrell Stoglin had 10 points each for the Terps (6-2), playing their first true road game of the season. They held Penn State to 14 of 68 shooting (21 percent) on the night.

The Big Ten wins the Challenge 6-5.

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images and AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

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