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This Tuesday, some of the top teams in the ACC square off against teams from the Big Ten in the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge. This non-conference event began in 1999 and the ACC owns a 10-3-1 record in the 14 years of its existence. However the Big Ten has the momentum, winning and 2010 (6-5) and 2011 (8-4). Last year the two conferences went 6-6 against one another in the 12 games.
 
Six more games will be played Wednesday. Since the ACC has 15 basketball schools, three teams won’t be action and they are Clemson, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. That trio finished at the bottom of the ACC standings last season. Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse joined the ACC this season and will be making their debuts in the event, taking the place of the aforementioned schools.
 
ACC-Big Ten Challenge Records (1999-2013)
ACC Record Big 10 Record
Duke Blue Devils 12-2 Illinois Fighting Illini 7-7
Wake Forest Demon Deacons 10-3 Michigan State Spartans 6-7
Maryland Terrapins 10-4 Northwestern Wildcats 6-8
Clemson Tigers 9-5 Ohio State Buckeyes 6-6
Virginia Cavaliers 8-5 Wisconsin Badgers 6-8
North Carolina Tar Heels 7-7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6-8
Florida State Seminoles 6-8 Purdue Boilermakers 6-6
Boston College Eagles 6-1 Penn State Nittany Lions 5-7
NC State Wolfpack 5-8 Indiana Hoosiers 5-7
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 4-9 Michigan Wolverines 5-7
Virginia Tech Hokies 3-5 Iowa Hawkeyes 2-10
Miami Hurricanes 2-4 Nebraska Cornhuskers 1-1


Let’s take a closer look at the six matchups, starting with the two battles that feature highly ranked teams.

Indiana Hoosiers at No. 4 Syracuse Orange (-7) -- ESPN, 7:15 p.m.
 
Indiana is off to a 6-1 straight up start with a 5-1 record against the spread. The only setback was a 59-58 loss to Connecticut on Nov. 22 as a three-point underdog. The Hoosiers are averaging 86.4 points a game while shooting 46.3 percent from three-point range. They lead the nation in rebounds with 50.3 a game.
 
The Orange are off to a fast start as well with a 7-0 SU record that includes a solid 74-67 victory over Baylor in the Maui Invitational title game last Wednesday. They covered as 4 ½-point favorites to improve to 3-2 ATS. Syracuse’s CJ Fair is averaging 18 points a game while shooting 44.9 percent from the field.
 
Revenge should be a motivating factor for Indiana after these two met last season in the Sweet 16 with Syracuse coming away with a 61-50 upset as a five-point underdog.
 
The Orange opened as six-point home favorites over Indiana on Tuesday.
 
Indiana has gone 5-7 in the Challenge, which includes a 2-4 road record.
 
No. 22 Michigan Wolverines at No. 10 Duke Blue Devils (-7) -- ESPN, 9:15 p.m.
 
The Wolverines are 5-2 SU on the year with one of those losses coming against Charlotte in the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Nov. 24 as 10-point favorites. They are 2-3 ATS and the total has gone OVER in three of the five games. Michigan has three players scoring in double figures led by Nik Stauskas’s 20.3 points a game.
 
Duke is 6-2 SU on the year and coming off a 72-66 loss to Arizona in the NIT Tip-Off Championship last Friday night. It failed to cover as a three-point underdog to fall to 4-4 ATS. Freshman sensation Jabari Parker continues to light it up for the Blue Devils with 23 points and eight rebounds a game. Rodney Hood is second in both categories with 20 points and five rebounds a game.
 
Duke has won six of the last seven meetings SU and it has a slight 4-3 edge ATS. The total has gone OVER in five of the seven games.
 
The Blue Devils have been installed as seven-point favorites over the Wolverines.
 
Michigan owns a 5-7 Challenge record and has only one once on the road in this series. Duke has the most Challenge (12-2) wins amongst all competing schools and it has never lost at home (5-0) during this span.
 
Other Games
 
Illinois Fighting Illini at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (-2) -- ESPN2, 7:15 p.m.
 
Illinois is a perfect 7-0 SU with a 4-2 record ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in four of five games with a posted line. The Fighting Illini are averaging 72.3 points while pulling down a solid 42.9 rebounds a game.
 
The Yellow Jackets have dropped their last two contests to fall to 5-3 SU overall. They are 1-3 ATS and the total has gone OVER in three of the four games. They are averaging 73 points a game while shooting 44.4 percent from the field.
 
Illinois opened as a two-point favorite over Georgia Tech and the line has dropped to one at most shops.
 
The Illini have won four straight seasons in the Challenge and they’ve gone 3-2 on the road. Georgia Tech has dropped five consecutive Challenge games to Big 10 opponents.
 
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Penn State Nittany Lions at Pittsburgh Panthers (-13 ½) -- ESPNU, 7:30 p.m.

 
Penn State is off to a 6-2 start SU with a profitable 5-0 run ATS. The total has gone OVER in four of those games. The duo of DJ Newbill and Tim Frazier have combined for 38 of the Lions 82.3 points a game.
 
Pitts first season in the ACC has gotten off to a 7-0 SU start with a 3-2 record ATS. The Panthers are averaging 81.7 points a game while shooting a healthy 48.5 percent from the field. Lamar Patterson leads the team in points (17.1) and assists (5.4).
 
The Panthers opened as 14-point favorites, which is the largest number in the six challenge games.
 
Notre Dame Fighting Irish at No. 23 Iowa Hawkeyes (-7 ½) -- ESPN2, 9:15 p.m.
 
Notre Dame’s debut in the ACC has started off with 5-1 SU start, but it is just 1-2-1 ATS. The total has gone OVER in all four games. The Irish are ranked 39th in the nation in scoring with 83.7 points a game while shooting 50.1 percent from the field, which is ranked 29th.
 
The Hawkeyes seven-game winning streak to start the season came to an end with an 88-83 overtime loss to Villanova this past Saturday as three-point favorites in “The Battle for Atlantis” championship. Iowa is ranked 10th in the country in points (89.0), sixth in rebounds (46.1) and ninth in assists (18.5).
 
The Hawkeyes are listed as 9 ½-point favorites over the Irish. Iowa has the most losses (2-10) amongst all ACC and Big Ten schools that have competed in the Challenge and they’ve lost the last seven years.
 
Florida State Seminoles at Minnesota Golden Gophers (-3 ½) -- ESPNU, 9:30 p.m.
 
The Seminoles lost to Michigan by two points in overtime and to Florida by one point this past Friday en route to a 5-2 SU start. They are 5-1 ATS and the total has stayed UNDER in five of the six games. They are averaging 79 points a game and shooting 49.6 percent from the floor.
 
Minnesota reeled off five straight victories before falling to Syracuse and Arkansas. The Gophers are 6-2 SU overall with a 3-3 record ATS. Andre and Austin Hollins have led the way with a combined 28.8 points a game which is close to 40 percent of the team’s 77.9 point scoring average.
 
The Golden Gophers are laying three points at home to the Seminoles.
 
FSU hasn’t been a successful team in the Challenge of late, losers each of the last five seasons.
 
 

  
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