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Thursday / February 29.
  • Big Ten Wins ACC/Big Ten Challenge 8-6 (UPDATED)

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    The Big Ten won the ACC/Big Ten Challenge 8-6, but the ACC closed strong winning 4 of 6 games on Wednesday.

    The ACC hasn’t won the event since 2008, with the Big Ten winning from 2009-11 and now again in 2014. The two leagues tied in 2012 and ’13.

    This year’s event expanded to 14 games with the additions of Rutgers and Maryland to the Big Ten.

    The marquee game took place Wednesday night when Jahlil Okafor and No. 4 Duke shot 65 percent from the field and downed Frank Kaminsky and No. 2 Wisconsin, 80-70 in Madison, Wisc.

    Okafor went for 13 points and 6 rebounds in the win, while Kaminsky had 17 and 9.

    Duke freshman point guard Tyus Jones led the Blue Devils with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Rasheed Sulaimon added 14 points and Quinn Cook 13.

    Traveon Jackson led all scorers with 25 for Wisconsin.

    Duke has won more games in the event than any other team, taking 14 of its 16 matchups with its only two losses coming at Wisconsin (2009) and at Ohio State (2011).

    ***In another matchup of Top 25 teams, No. 7 Virginia beat No. 21 Maryland, 76-65, behind Malcolm Brogdon’s 18 points, Justin Anderson’s 16 and Mike Tobey’s 14.

    Maryland got 16 points from Melo Trimble, 14 from Jake Layman and 12 from Dion Wiley.

    ***In South Bend, Ind., Notre Dame outlasted Michigan State, 79-78, in OT behind Jerian Grant’s career-best 27 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds and Demetrius Jackson’s 22 points.

    Branden Dawson had 16 points and 18 boards in the loss, Sparty’s second straight.


    2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods Schedule 

    Monday, Dec. 1
    Nebraska 70, Florida State 64
    Rutgers 69, Clemson 64

    Tuesday, Dec. 2
    Indiana 81, Pittsburgh 69
    Minnesota 84, Wake Forest 69
    No. 17 Michigan 68, Syracuse 65
    No. 5 Louisville 64, No. 14 Ohio State 55
    Purdue 66, N.C. State 61
    No. 15 Miami 70, No. 24 Illinois 61

    Wednesday, Dec. 3

    No. 4 Duke 80, No. 2 Wisconsin 70
    No. 7 Virginia 76, No. 21 Maryland 65
    Iowa 60, No. 12 North Carolina 55
    Notre Dame 79, No. 19 Michigan State 78 (OT)
    Georgia Tech 66, Northwestern 58
    Penn State 61, Virginia Tech 58

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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