ACC Big 10 Challenge – Big tests for NC State and UNC

The ACC /Big Ten Challenge tips off tonight with six games. The ACC won the first ten challenges but the Big Ten has won the last three. The two big games tonight are NC State at third ranked Michigan and North Carolina at top ranked Indiana.

NC State vs Michigan is at 7:30, and UNC vs Indiana play at 9:30. North Carolina will be without guard P.J. Hairston who is out with a knee injury. They will also have to figure out a way to slow down Cody Zeller. The Zeller family wont have to make a road trip to two different arenas like in last years challenge.

NC State is coming off a two point win over UNC-Asheville, they are looking to snap a four game losing streak in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Also yesterday sophomore forward Thomas de Thaey decided to leave the team and go back home to Belgium for family reasons.

The other games tonight.

Minnesota at Florida State

Nebraska at Wake Forest

Iowa at Virginia Tech

Maryland at Northwestern

First Coaches Poll of the Basketball Season

The First USA Today Coaches Poll for the college basketball season is out.  You’ll notice the link is to an ESPN version.  This is because the USA Today page is turrible.  Hit the jump for details. Continue reading First Coaches Poll of the Basketball Season

Big Ten(?)/ACC Challenge(?)

It is that time of year again.  You know, the time that the Big Ten(?) tries to compete with the ACC on the hardwoods.  After winning two of the last three, the Big Ten(?) should be put back in its proper place over the next two nights.

Tonight we get the following tilts:

Michigan @ UVA on ESPN2 @ 7PM

Northwestern @ GA Tech on ESPNU @ 7:15PM

Illinois @ Maryland on ESPN @ 7:30PM

Miami @ Purdue on ESPN2 @ 9PM

Clemson @ Iowa on ESPNU @ 9:15PM

Duke @ Ohio State on ESPN @ 9:30PM

My picks for tonight are Michigan, GA Tech, Illinois, Miami, Clemson and Duke.  Who do you have?