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As matchups like
Well, the Badgers fit the bill most every year. They’ve played in 15 consecutive
Led by guard Ben Brust and forward Sam Dekker, Wisconsin expects to return three of its top five scorers from a team that went 23-12, 12-6 in the Big Ten and lost to Ole Miss in its opening NCAA game.
Also 23-12, Virginia reached the
Virginia and Wisconsin — Bennett is a former Badgers assistant coach — are known for stifling, half-court, man-to-man defenses that often slow games to a crawl. Among 347 Division I teams last season, the Cavaliers and Badgers ranked 328th and 318th, respectively, in possessions-per-game, according to Ken Pomeroy's website.
So not surprisingly, Virginia-Wisconsin was a defensive struggle last year, the Cavaliers winning 60-54 behind All-ACC wing Joe Harris’ 22 points. The Badgers finished No. 32 on the NCAA’s Rating Percentage Index, and the last time the Cavaliers had a more impressive road conquest was 2007 at No. 28
Virginia is 8-5 in the Challenge and riding a three-game winning streak after victories over
With the Big Ten at 12 teams and the ACC 15, the latter’s three lowest RPI teams from last season —
I thought Maryland, which is leaving the ACC for the Big Ten in 2014-15, deserved to be bumped, but here's guessing ESPN preferred the Terps to Wake Forest.
The conferences split 12 games in last year's Challenge. The ACC won the first 10, the Big Ten the next three.
Here's the complete Challenge schedule, with times and networks to be determined:
Tuesday, December 3: Indiana at Syracuse; Michigan at Duke;
Wednesday, December 4: North Carolina at Michigan State; Maryland at
Here's the ACC's release on the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
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