Noting the #ACCB1G Challenge

2014 #ACCB1G Challenge Results

Wednesday, December 3
Notre Dame 79, Michigan St. 78 (OT)
Georgia Tech 66, Northwestern 58
Virginia 76, Maryland 65
Duke 80, Wisconsin 70
Penn State 61, Virginia Tech 58
Iowa 60, North Carolina 55

Tuesday, December 2
Miami 70, Illinois 61
Louisville 64, Ohio State 55
Indiana 81, Pittsburgh 69
Minnesota 84, Wake Forest 69
Michigan 68, Syracuse 65
Purdue 66, NC State 61

Monday, December 1
Rutgers 69, Clemson 64
Nebraska 70, Florida State 65

Challenge Notes (PRIOR TO 2014 #ACCB1G GAMES)

•    The ACC has won 10 of the 15 Challenges played to date; there have been two ties ... ACC teams have won 88 of the 155 Challenge games (.568) played to date.

•    Teams that lead at halftime are 115-38 (.752) in Challenge play ... there have been two ties at halftime ... the largest halftime deficit overcome was 20 points (27-to-47) by Illinois in a 76-74 win over Clemson in 2009 ... the ACC has won 25 games after trailing at halftime, the Big Ten 13.

•    At least one ranked team has played in 77 of the 155 Challenge games to date ... 32 games have had both teams ranked ... in the 2001 game between Michigan State and Virginia that was cancelled because of a slippery floor, both teams were ranked.

•    Tourney Teams: 13 teams from the two conferences played in the 2014 NCAA Championship: Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Virginia from the ACC, and Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin from the Big Ten.

•    First Challenge Matchups: Nine of the 14 games will mark first-time Challenge matchups including Syracuse at Michigan, Michigan State at Notre Dame, Iowa at North Carolina, Pittsburgh at Indiana, Illinois at Miami (Fla.) and Nebraska at Florida State, plus three involving a new member of one of the conferences: Rutgers (at Clemson) and Maryland (against former ACC foe Virginia) in the Big Ten and Louisville (against Ohio State) in the ACC. 

•    Michigan and Syracuse last met in a 2013 National Semifinal game from Atlanta, with the Wolverines defeating the Orange 61-56.

•    Michigan State and Notre Dame will meet for the first time in 35 years. The Spartans defeated the Irish 80-68 in the Regional Finals on its way to the 1979 National Championship.

•    In addition to first-time Challenge games, several of the teams are infrequent opponents: Iowa has won two of its three matchups against North Carolina, despite losing the last meeting in 2004; Illinois and Miami (Fla.) have split their two previous meetings, with the Hurricanes winning the last contest in 2012; Florida State holds a 1-0 record over Nebraska with a victory in 2005; and Clemson will look to go 2-0 against Rutgers after a win in 1999.

•    The Pittsburgh at Indiana and Ohio State at Louisville matchups will mark the ninth all-time meeting between the programs with each team winning four games in the respective series.

•    Seconds Please: Pittsburgh and Syracuse – two of the three ACC members that played in the Challenge for the first time last season – will look for a second consecutive win in the event (Pittsburgh defeated Penn State and Syracuse beat Indiana).
 
•    A First at 16: Maryland will appear in its first Challenge as a member of the Big Ten after playing in the previous 15 events with the ACC, compiling a 10-5 record. Maryland will host Virginia in the Challenge.

•    Rubber Match: Duke and Wisconsin will square off in the Challenge for the third time with each winning one game, both as the home team (Duke in 2007 and Wisconsin in 2009).

•    Three’s a Charm: Northwestern and NC State will look for a three-peat over their 2014 Challenge opponents with the Wildcats defeating Georgia Tech in 2010 and 2011 and Wolfpack beating Purdue in 1999 and 2004.

•    Looking for 14: Duke has won more Challenge games than any other team, taking 13 of its 15 matchups with its only two losses coming to Wisconsin and Ohio State. 

•    Second Time Around: Minnesota and Wake Forest and Virginia Tech and Penn State will play each other in the Challenge for the second time. Wake Forest (in 2001) and Penn State (in 2007), the home teams in the first meeting as well, won the games.

•    At least one ranked team has played in 77 of the 155 Challenge games played to date ... 32 games have had both teams ranked ... in the 2001 game between Michigan State and Virginia that was cancelled because of a slippery floor, both teams were ranked.