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The College Basketball Notebook


December 2, 2010 7:42 AM

Big Ten Wins Another Challenge

PurdueVaTech.jpgIt took the Big Ten nine years to win their first Challenge against the ACC last season. It only took them one more year to win their second. The boys from the Midwest had a 6-5 edge on the teams from Tobacco Road. Let's run through the games...

Purdue 58 Virginia Tech 55 (OT): Both teams have conference championship hopes and the Boilers got a win thanks to JaJuan Johnson's 29 points in the low post. An area of concern has to be that Tech outrebounded the Boilers 40-27, a good sign for the Hokies moving forward and a concern for Matt Painter, who needs Johnson to both board and shoot if his team is to win a championship.

Duke 84 Michigan State 79: The most hyped game of the challenge and it was a coming out party for new Devil point guard Kyrie Irving, who knocked down 31 points. Duke won the free throw scoring battle 27-8.

Illinois 79 North Carolina 67: Carolina looks terrible and the backcourt problems get worse rather than better. The Illini guards of Demetri McCamey and D.J. Richardson outscored counterparts Larry Drew and Dexter Strickland 28-9.

Wake Forest 76 Iowa 73: The Deacons rally from 18 down to win at home, led by guard J.T. Terrell's 32 points.

Northwestern 91 Georgia Tech 71: Watch out for the Wildcats, this team is for real. All five starters hit double digits, they shot 64 percent from the floor and hit twelve treys.

Michigan 69 Clemson 61: The Wolverines win free throw points 19-8, the main difference in this game.

Wisconsin 87 N.C. State 48: Wisconsin's inside-out combo of Jordan Taylor and Jon Leurer combines for 43 of the points as the normally low-scoring Badgers seem determined not to be outscored by their high-powered football team.

Maryland 62 Penn State 39: The Terps hold Penn State to 20 percent shooting, making for a cold night in Happy Valley.

Boston College 88 Indiana 76: Tom Crean still has some work to do on the defensive side.

Ohio State 58 Florida State 44: The Buckeyes rebounded better, took care of the basketball better and hit their free throws. Any coach would have loved this win.

The 11th game was Virginia's 87-79 win over Minnesota on Monday that was chronicled in Tuesday morning's post here at the Notebook.

Dan Flaherty is the editor of the Sports Notebook Family, published through the Real Clear Sports Blog Network, offering daily commentary in college football , game analysis in the NFL. and coverage of college basketball. He is the author of The Last New Year's, a book that revisits the historic high points of college football's New Year's Day bowl games.

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