The 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge has completed its first night of play, and thanks to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and others, the ACC is off to a 4-2 lead in the event.
Last year’s challenge ended up a tie, and it would seem the ACC is intent on making sure that doesn’t happen again. The Big Ten had won three straight years in the challenge until last year’s tie, as the ACC took the first ten seasons in the event.
Here are how the games in the first night of play panned out:
Georgia Tech (6-3, 5-2 home) def. Illinois (7-1, 1-1 away), 67-64
Pittsburgh (8-0, 5-0 home) def. Penn State (6-3, 2-2 away), 78-69
No.4 Syracuse (8-0, 7-0 home) def. Indiana (6-2, 1-2 away), 69-52
No.10 Duke (7-2, 7-1 home) def. No.22 Michigan (5-3, 1-2 away), 79-69
No.23 Iowa (8-1, 6-0 home) def. Notre Dame (5-2, 0-1 away), 98-93
Minnesota (7-2, 5-1 home) def. Florida State (5-3, 2-2 away), 71-61
Georgia Tech played what may have been the most exciting and competitive game of the night, handing Illinois their first loss of the season, and giving the Yellow Jackets a bounce-back win from their two-game losing streak against Mississippi and St. John’s. in the Barclays Center Classic over Thanksgiving weekend.
The second day of competition in this event promises to be even more compelling than the first, with three different top 10 teams–Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State–from the B1G in action. The ACC only needs to go 3-3 in Wednesday’s action to ensure the 11th challenge victory for the conference.