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The Big Ten Beat the ACC?

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Bo Ryan

And it’s not football? What gives? While the Big Ten did win the ACC/Big Ten challenge, they needed to survive a couple of close calls to pull it off. Wisconsin survived a nail-biter against Kyle Singler and his Dukies, which earned a court-storming, while Illinois provided us with its greatest come-from-behind victory in the school’s history. Had either one of these gone the ACC’s way, the 6-5 final tally for the Big Ten would be reversed.

It was the Big Ten’s first victory over the ACC since the series began 11 years ago.

As you can see, even Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan is surprised at his conference’s success.

Results:

Wisconsin 73, Duke 69
Illinois 76, Clemson 74
Boston College 62, Michigan 58
Miami 63, Minnesota 58 — Odd score, considering the BC/Michigan final tally.
Ohio State 77, Florida State 64
Purdue 69, Wake Forest 58
North Carolina 89, Michigan State 82
Maryland 80, Indiana 68
Northwestern 65, North Carolina State 53
Virginia Tech 70, Iowa 64
Penn State 69, Virginia 66

Largest margin of victory? 13 points, courtesy of Ohio State win over Florida State. Eight of the eleven games were decided by single-digits, a few of which were one and two possession victories. Nevertheless, it doesn’t matter how much you win by, just that you win. And the Big Ten, after 10 years of ACC/Big Ten match up futility, finally comes out as the series victor. Now all they need is 10 more years of winning streaks to even the score.

Georgia On My Mind

Knowshon Moreno

USA Today released their Preseason Top 25 College Football Coaches Poll today and as expected, Mark Richt’s group of Georgia Bulldogs sits atop these rankings. There were six teams receiving first place votes (Georgia, USC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida and LSU — who make up the top six teams) with Georgia leading the way with 22.

Now, as with all things poll-related, there is disagreement about who should be at the top and in college football, because these polls matter (even now), these discussions can get awfully loud and contentious. In fact, Deadspin makes sure to point out Georgia’s ranking disparity between SEC coaches and national coaches. Apparently, the feeling is the national coaches are giving Georgia too much love for bitch-slapping Hawaii in Sugar Bowl last season.

Whatever the case, teams like USC and OSU will get their chances to prove their worth; however, if somehow the Bulldogs make it through their ungodly SEC schedule with none or only one loss, it’s going to be hard to keep them out of BCS Championship Game.

Moving on. Here’s a breakdown of the Top 25 by the big-six conferences. Did somebody say 27 — as in, 27 days left until kick-off?

* ACC – three teams (#9 Clemson, #15 Virginia Tech, #23 Wake Forest)

* Big 10 – five teams (#3 Ohio State, #12 Wisconsin, #19 Illinois, #22 Penn State, #25 Michigan)

* Big 12 – five teams (#4 Oklahoma, #7 Missouri, #10 Texas, #13 Kansas, #14 Texas Tech)

* Big East – two teams (#8 West Virginia, #21 South Florida)

* Pac-10 – three teams (#2 USC, #16 Arizona State, #20 Oregon)

* SEC – five teams (#1 Georgia, #5 Florida, #6 LSU, #11 Auburn, #18 Tennessee)

This means only Brigham Young and Fresno State are the only two mid-major conference teams in the top 25. Based on that, it’s hard to see a BCS-busting team like Boise State or Hawaii (to a lesser extent) making it through this season.

Billy Packer – It’s Over

Billy Packer, Jim Nantz

Today, we make use of the almost ill-fated words of he uttered by Billy Packer during the North Carolina/Kansas — “It’s over.” However, unlike the time Packer used it and was almost proved to be mistaken and premature — thanks to a furious Tar Heel almost-comeback — we actually know the fate of the one the phrase is being used for.

In this case, it’s Packer’s career of calling college basketball for CBS. In today’s Miami Herald (this article will probably be one of the most referenced today), it was revealed CBS is replacing Packer after 34 years — some would say 34 years too long — with Clark Kellogg, CBS’s in-studio (and sometimes in-game color announcer) personality.

While Jim Nantz and the coaching fraternity was quick to offer support for the now-departed Packer, fans and bloggers alike seem to rate this move as “exceptional,” something 35 Seconds does a great job of capturing here.

While I’m not going to join in and increase the list of Packer errors, as a Kentucky fan, there’s one Billy Packer game in particular that stands out to me. The year was 1998 and the University of Kentucky was staging a ferocious comeback against the hated Duke Blue Devils (blame Laettner, Christian) when Packer favorite and Duke guard Steve Wojciechowski got tangled up with UK’s Jamal Magloire. Packer’s reaction — and his desire to protect Wojo furthered the belief he operated with an ACC bias — was priceless.

Especially if you were rooting against the Blue Devils:

The word out of the Packer camp is that Billy will be looking to continue his career discussing college basketball but there’s been no word as to where this will happen. I imagine ESPN’s name will come up in the next couple of weeks.

The Basketball Conference Awards

The “regular season” for college basketball ended this past weekend and the conference player awards have been announced. So, instead of making you go to all the conference sites to verify your picks for ACC Player of the Year, we’ve decided to handle the heavy lifting and list the All-Conference teams and the Conference POY awards.

For the sake of avoiding scroll-monster posts and with absolutely no offense to the mid-majors, we’ve limited our lists to the power conferences. See if you agree or disagree with these results:

See the major conference awards after the jump ››

Can You Do This?


Name the teams of the ACC in under one minute? Not sure why you’d want to, but if you can, head over to Mental Floss and flex your Atlantic Coast Conference skills.