I said it last year, this tournament is always a preview of what is to come in March and 14 of these team played in the NCAA tournament this year. The ACC and Big Ten split last year’s Challenge with six wins each and these conferences are so balanced, I think it is going to happen again.
Here are the match ups and my predictions. Sorry for no commentary today, this flu is killing me! (All times Eastern Standard Time).
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Indiana at Syracuse: 7:15PM (ESPN)
Orange by seven.
Illinois at Georgia Tech: 7:15PM (ESPN2)
Illini by four
Penn State at Pittsburgh: 7:30PM (ESPNU)
Lions by two.
Michigan at Duke: 9:15PM (ESPN)
Blue Devils by eleven.
Notre Dame at Iowa: 9:15PM (ESPN2)
Hawkeyes by nine.
Florida State at Minnesota: 9:30PM (ESPNU)
Seminoles by four.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Maryland at Ohio State: 7PM (ESPN/ESPN2)
Buckeyes by seven.
Wisconsin at Virginia: 7PM (ESPN/ESPN2)
Badgers by five.
Northwestern at North Carolina State: 7:30PM (ESPNU)
Wolfpack by eight.
North Carolina at Michigan State: 9PM (ESPN)
Sparty by six.
Boston College at Purdue: 9PM (ESPN2)
Eagles by four.
Miami (Fla.) at Nebraska: 9PM (ESPNU)
Hurricanes by twelve.
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