B1G ACC Challenge

Big Ten Basketball Week Preview: Dec 1-7

It’s that time of year again as the Big Ten/ACC Challenge kicks off tonight. It’s got a different feel to it as both conferences continue to expand as we have match-ups such as Virginia at Maryland and Rutgers at Clemson. I’ll go more into depth on the challenge after we get to the predictions.

Last Week (21-4) & Season (64-7)

Time (CDT)
Nebraska at Florida StateDecember 16 p.m.ESPN2Nebraska
Rutgers at ClemsonDecember 16 p.m.ESPNUClemson
Pittsburgh at IndianaDecember 26 p.m.ESPN2Pittsburgh
Minnesota at Wake ForestDecember 26 p.m.ESPNUMinnesota
Syracuse at MichiganDecember 26:30 p.m.ESPNMichigan
Illinois at Miami (Fl.)December 28 p.m.ESPN2Miami (Fl.)
N.C. State at PurdueDecember 28 p.m.ESPNUN.C. State
Ohio State at LouisvilleDecember 28:30 p.m.ESPNLouisville
Virginia Tech at Penn StateDecember 36:15 p.m.ESPNUPenn State
Michigan State at Notre DameDecember 36:15 p.m.ESPN2Michigan State
Iowa at North CarolinaDecember 36:30 p.m.ESPNNorth Carolina
Virginia at MarylandDecember 38:15 p.m.ESPN2Virginia
Georgia Tech at NorthwesternDecember 38:15 p.m.ESPNUNorthwestern
Duke at WisconsinDecember 38:30 p.m.ESPNWisconsin
Western Carolina at MinnesotaDecember 56 p.m.Minnesota
N.J. Tech at MichiganDecember 611 a.m.BTNMichigan
Rutgers at Seton HallDecember 611 a.m.Seton Hall
Wisconsin at MarquetteDecember 611:30 a.m.CBSWisconsin
UMBC at IowaDecember 612:07 p.m.Iowa
North Florida at PurdueDecember 61 p.m.Purdue
Winthrop at MarylandDecember 61 p.m.Maryland
American at IllinoisDecember 61 p.m.Illinois
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Michigan StateDecember 61:15 p.m.BTNMichigan State
Colgate at Ohio StateDecember 63:30 p.m.BTNOhio State
Northwestern at ButlerDecember 63:30 p.m.FOXButler
Penn State at MarshallDecember 65 p.m.CBS Sports NetworkPenn State
Savannah St at IndianaDecember 66:30 p.m.BTNIndiana
Creighton at NebraskaDecember 76 p.m.BTNNebraska

Event of the Week

The event of the week, and arguably of all pre-conference play, is the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. As I mentioned earlier, it has a different look to it this year, and although the ACC doesn’t have to send Boston College, there are still a lot of great match-ups to look at. As you can see, I have predicted a 7-7 tie. I promise I’m not trying to ride the fence, in fact, I went back and checked the standings after I predicted for that particular reason. I see a lot of road teams winning, which could throw the whole thing off, as there will be at least one upset. The marque match-up is definitely Duke at Wisconsin, with both teams in the top four in the country. Also, being the last game to tip, it wouldn’t surprise me that one of the teams will need a win to tie the overall standings. I’m also very interested in seeing both the Ohio State/Louisville and Virginia/Maryland game. The Ohio State/Louisville game seems like an elite eight match-up and Maryland should be rocking with a top ten ACC team coming into their building.

Jay Swenson

About Jay Swenson

Jay is a Badger fan currently living in Central Illinois. He has written for several newspapers as a freelance writer, and was the Western Illinois basketball beat writer while in graduate school.