WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The ACC-Big Ten Challenge, at times, has been dominated by the ACC.
However, Big Ten teams won the first five match ups before Louisville and Miami got the ACC on the board Tuesday night. The Big Ten leads 6-2 heading into Wednesday’s final night of competition.
Tonight, two top contests as Virginia plays at surprising Maryland. The Terps will be missing Dez Wells, who pounds the dribble a little too often, but, he does provide leadership and a tough bucket once in a while for the Terps. The key is how patient Maryland’s young guards will be against the Virginia defense.
Amazingly, there are good freshmen outside of Lexington, Kentucky and Maryland has a couple potential studs. Romelo Trimble, from O’Connell, and Jared Nickens show a willingness to play in the big moment. They will need to with Wells sidelined with a broken wrist.
Duke and Wisconsin give us an early top-five showdown. Frank Kaminski, the Badgers star forward, had trouble with Georgetown’s size and athleticism. Duke presents the same problem. Look for the Badgers to maximize every possession and get Kaminski going early.
If you haven’t seen Duke’s Jahlil Okafor as of yet, you owe it to yourself. He is worth the price of admission. Louisville plays tremendous defense and smothered a youthful Ohio State squad. Purdue picked up a nice win vs. N.C. State. Miami continues to impress with a win over Illinois, and a couple of years ago, I remember when Brewster Prep School folks were campaigning online for someone to recruit Sike Albrecht as no one had offered him. Michigan finally pulled the trigger and he has been solid for the Wolverines over two years, knocking down the go ahead three-point shot to beat Syracuse Tuesday night.
Indiana, who has a loss at home to Eastern Washington, knocked off Pittsburgh in one of the best efforts of the season for the Hoosiers, 81-69. Former Paul VI grad Stanford Robinson played five minutes for the Hoosiers, grabbing 2 rebounds. DeMatha product James Robinson struggled, hitting just one of 9 shots, scoring two points.
Locally, Loyola had a nice win on the road at Columbia. The Greyhounds have a young team and any success is paramount before league play begins.
VCU won at Illinois State, 66-62. Melvin Johnson posted 19 for the Rams.
Tonight, Penn is at Navy, American is at Brown, Coppin State visits Towson, Virginia Tech is at Penn State (listen on 106.7 The Fan at 7:30 p.m.), and Old Dominion is at George Mason.