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Wisconsin 73, Duke 69

Wisconsin scored a big victory for both its program and the Big Ten conference on Wednesday night. The Badgers upset No. 5 Duke 73-69 on the final day of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, all but clinching the Big Ten’s first win in the 11-year history of the event. Wisconsin’s triumph officially evened the 2009 score at… more »

Maryland 80, Indiana 68

Maryland went into Bloomington, Indiana on Tuesday night and pulled out a hard-fought 80-68 victory over the Hoosiers to put the ACC on the scoreboard of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The Terrapins trailed throughout the majority of the first half before earning a 35-33 advantage at the intermission. After a back-and-forth start to the second… more »

Florida State Seminoles

Good Wins: Clemson (twice), at Virginia Tech, vs. North Carolina (ACC Tournament) Bad Losses: None (worst losses were at Northwestern and at Miami) Strengths: 1. Toney Douglas. The Atlanta, GA product erupted for Florida State this season. In his senior year, Douglas averaged 21.1 points per game while running the Seminoles’ offense. He also hit… more »

Semifinal Saturday at the ACC Tournament

It isn’t called March Madness for nothing. Only in Conference-USA, where the Memphis Tigers look like they will never lose another game, have upsets been few and far between. “Carnage” is the only word that can adequately describe what’s been going on with the nation’s top teams this weekend throughout various conference tournaments. In the… more »

Quarterfinal Friday at the ACC Tournament

Friday of Championship Week is often billed as the best day of the college basketball season, and it certainly did not disappoint in Atlanta at the ACC Tournament. Three of the four quarterfinal games were decided after the final buzzer sounded. North Carolina 79, Virginia Tech 76 With all the carnage among college basketball’s top… more »

Day 1 at the ACC Tournament

In case you’re wondering, there was basketball played outside of Madison Square Garden (site of the Big East Tournament) on Championship Week Thursday. You might not have known it while being engulfed by Syracuse’s 127-117 six-overtime win over UConn, not to mention Villanova’s buzzer-beating victory over Marquette and West Virginia’s emphatic upset over Pittsburgh, but… more »

Boston College Eagles

Good Wins: vs. North Carolina, vs. Virginia Tech, at Maryland Bad Losses: at St. Louis, vs. Harvard Strengths: 1. Tyrese Rice. Having a stellar point guard who can manage games with his experience has always been a recipe for NCAA Tournament success (not to mention success in general). Boston College has one in Rice. The senior… more »

Team Profile: Butler – Davidson Recap

Butler 75, Davidson 63 The Worldwide Leader in Sports got what it wanted when Stephen Curry, a gametime decision due to an ankle injury, suited up and stepped on the floor for the opening tip. Unfortunately for Davidson, Curry’s presence made little difference against Butler on ESPNU BracketBuster weekend. Butler went into Davidson on Saturday… more »

ACC-Big 10 Challenge Recap

Make it 10 straight for the ACC. This one, however, came a little bit harder than most of the conference’s previous nine wins in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge, and was a little bit more difficult than expected. So bragging rights go to the ACC yet again, but let’s be honest, this is pretty much all… more »

Team Profile: 2008 ACC-Big 10 Challenge Preview

Is 10 the lucky number for the Big 10? The tenth annual ACC-Big 10 Challenge tips off on Monday and the score is ACC 9, Big Ten 0. That’s right; the Big 10 has never won, and it has only been remotely competitive once since 2003 (losing 6-5 in 2005). Overall, the ACC is 56-30… more »

Pre-season NIT semifinals tip off in Madison Square Garden

Blake Griffin and the Oklahoma Sooners deprived the Madison Square Garden faithful of a chance to see Davidson star Stephen Curry. But the fans, at least, will get to see another Pre-season First-Team All-American in Griffin, himself. The semifinals of the Pre-season NIT tip off in New York on the day before Thanksgiving, pitting Boston… more »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Recap: Davidson 60, Winthrop 47

Winthrop was 56-2 in its last 58 home games heading into Friday night. Davidson brought a 16-game winning streak into Rock Hill, South Carolina. Something had to give when the Eagles and Wildcats squared off inside Winthrop Arena in an opening-night BracketBruster showdown on ESPN2. Although Davidson star sophomore Stephen Curry endured one of the… more »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Preview: Davidson at Winthrop

Two conference leaders will collide when the Davidson Wildcats visit the Winthrop Eagles in an ESPN2 BracketBuster matchup on Friday night. Only one team, however, is in the mix for an at-large NCAA Tournament berth. Davidson is now a perfect 18-0 in the Southern Conference after defeating UNC-Greensboro at home on Tuesday in another nationally-televised… more »

Illinois at Maryland

Illinois (4-1) jumped right into tough competition this season by making the trip to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational. The Illini blew out Arizona State 77-54 before losing to Duke 79-66 in the semi-finals. Illinois then dispatched Oklahoma State 65-49 in the third-place game. All this came after the first two wins of the season,… more »

Boston College at Michigan

Boston College (4-0), unlike many of the Big 10 and ACC schools, did not participate in an early-season tournament. In fact the Golden Eagles haven’t even left the friendly confines of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, but they’ll have to in order to get to Ann Arbor, home of the Michigan Wolverines. The Eagles are undefeated through… more »

North Carolina at Ohio State

North Carolina (5-0) has been tested twice in five contests, first in the season-opener and then again in the final of the Las Vegas Invitational. The Tar Heels beat a Davidson team that briefly entered the AP Top 25 by a 76-72 margin at home to kick of the 2007-2008 campaign. After three blowouts (two… more »

Virginia Tech at Penn State

Virginia Tech (2-2) made the trip to Anchorage for the Great Alaska Shootout and it turned out to be a mostly humbling experience. After blitzing Eastern Washington by 17, the Hokies got bounced by Butler in the semis then lost big (82-64) to Gonzaga in the third-place game. A 69-64 home win over Elon to… more »

N.C. State at Michigan State

N.C. State (4-1) bounced back from a home loss to New Orleans to win three games in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and capture the Old Spice Classic championship. The Wolfpack beat Rider by nine points before edging South Carolina 63-61 in the semi-finals and Villanova 69-68 in the final. Those tough games on away from… more »

Purdue at Clemson

Purdue (3-0) is undefeated through three games but the Boilermakers have not left Mackey Arena, nor have they entertained any decent competition in their home. Included in the three wins was a narrow 66-62 win over Lipscomb, while the other two were blowouts over Bethune-Cookman and Loyola (IL). Playing the Clemson Tigers in Littlejohn Coliseum… more »

Wisconsin at Duke

Wisconsin (5-0) has not left the Kohl Center yet this season, but it will be much different environment in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Tuesday. It could be different outcome as well, considering the Badgers are undefeated after five home games. They pounded three puffcakes then destroyed Colorado by 26 and rolled past Georgia by 19…. more »

Northwestern at Virginia

Northwestern (1-3) has won just once in four tries this season and the Wildcats will be one-for-five after visiting Charlottesville, Virginia. They beat Benedictine by 32, but in their other two home games the Wildcats lost to Stanford by 11 and most recently got bounced 73-67 by Brown. Virginia, arguably, is better than all of… more »

Minnesota at Florida State

Minnesota (3-0) has a rather soft early-season schedule other than this matchup with Florida State, and the Golden Gophers are undefeated through three games. To their credit, however, they did go on the road to Iowa State in their most difficult of the first three games and the Gophers came away with the victory. We’ll… more »

Georgia Tech at Indiana

Georgia Tech (3-2) has played fives games so far and the Jackets have been seriously tested in four of them, including coming up on the short end twice. Coach Paul Hewitt and company went down to UNC-Greensboro in the season opener and lost to Winthrop in the second game the Paradise Jam. The Jackets’ wins… more »

2007 ACC-Big 10 Challenge Preview

Apparently the Big 10 has nine lives. The annual ACC-Big 10 Challenge is still going strong despite eight straight losses by the Big 10. That’s right; the conference has never come out on top in this event since its inception in 1999. Overall, the ACC is 48-27 in individual games. In the early years of… more »

Wake Forest at Iowa

Iowa (4-2) kicked off the season with four straight wins over less than imposing competition, but things were not quite as easy for the Hawkeyes in the Invitational. After a 67-56 loss to Bradley in the opener, Iowa went down to Utah State by a 67-58 score. That leaves the Hawkeyes in the midst of… more »

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