The ACC took care of business on the hard court on the first day of the 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and took a 4-2 lead. But it was a different story on day two, as the B1G came back to flip the script and take four out of six from the ACC, to leave the challenge tied at six games each for the second straight year.
The big shock of the challenge was unranked North Carolina toppling No.1 Michigan State on the Spartans home court, 79-65. The Tar Heels outworked the Spartans in every facet of the game and pulled off an unexpected win for the ACC.
Georgia Tech wasn’t without their own contribution, as they fought back from a big deficit to beat the Illinois Fighting Illini 67-64, in the first day of the challenge.
Although the challenge ended up a tie, the ACC can look at the two days of competition as an overall win. The conference managed to beat the nations top team, as well as upsetting undefeated Illinois.
Winners for the ACC included Georgia Tech, North Carolina, N.C. State, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Duke.
The ACC leads the overall series in the challenge 10-3-2, winning the first 10 consecutive challenges, while the Big Ten won the next three. The last two seasons have ended in a tie. Seven of the challenges have been decided by a single game.