The Big Ten is in position to win its fourth straight ACC/Big Ten after winning four of the six matchups on Tuesday night.
The conference showed its basketball strength, getting big wins by top-ranked Indiana over North Carolina and then No. 3 Michigan over N.C. State.
The Big Ten won eight of the 12 matchups a year ago to earn its third straight challenge win after the ACC dominated the first decade of it.
Michigan State has a chance to help the Big Ten’s cause when it takes on Miami tonight in what will be the first meeting between the schools. MSU coach Tom Izzo called Miami one of the most talented teams the Spartans will face in regards to NBA talent, putting them in the same category as Kansas.
Miami is coached by Jim Larranga, who led George Mason to a NCAA Tournament victory over Izzo and the Spartans in 2006.
Izzo added this about the challenge during his weekly presser Monday.
“As far as the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, by next year that thing is gonna be so goofy I don’t know if anybody will know who’s playing who with all the (conference) changes,” he said. “It’s always something good. It’s gonna be different playing a different team that we’ve never played before.”
Here are Tuesday’s results and tonight’s schedule of games.
TUESDAY’S RESULTS (Big Ten 4, ACC 2)
No. 1 Indiana 83, No. 14 North Carolina 59
No. 3 Michigan 79, No. 18 N.C. State 72
No. 21 Minnesota 77, Florida State 68
Virginia Tech 95, Iowa 79
Maryland 77, Northwestern 57
Nebraska 79, Wake Forest 63
Virginia at Wisconsin
Purdue at Clemson
No. 13 MSU at Miami
Georgia Tech at No. 22 Illinois
Boston College at Penn State
No. 4 Ohio State at No. 2 Duke
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