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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Another ACC/Big Ten Claiming is complete. With 14 amateur in the books, alone one claiming remained:
Finding a abutting game.
This was a claiming that forgot to accommodate buzz-beaters. Fourteen amateur were played — and one was absitively by beneath than 11 points.
The boilerplate allowance of achievement was about 17 points. Roy Williams was so abashed by the way his North Carolina aggregation competed adjoin Ohio State Wednesday night that he beatific his starters to their apartment after food, baptize or their Air Jordans with 10 account to play.
It is Dec. 5.
On Dec. 5, 2018 Tony Bennett and Virginia were abiding underachievers. Duke was the greatest accumulating of freshmen in the history of academy basketball. Purdue had absent aback to aback amateur to Tennessee and Western Kentucky. Michigan was a fluctuant 7-3.
You apperceive how the division angry out.
But because I adulation the ACC/Big Ten Claiming added than Maui, the Bahamas, the pre-season NIT, the Champions Classic, the Crossroads Classic and any added pre-conference accident you can name, I cannot resist.
Here is a account of facts, judgments and apocryphal impressions from the 2019 ACC/Big Ten Challenge:
*The leagues are bigger than expected, abnormally the Big Ten.
Not alone did the Big Ten win the Claiming (8 to 6) , it additionally caked its top atom in the computer formulas of Ken Pomeroy, Jeff Sagarin and Bart Torvik.
In fact, Pomeroy puts three Big Ten teams in his Top 10, bristles in the Top 20 and six in the Top 25.
*Ohio State is the aggregation to exhausted in the Big Ten. Size, shooters, depth. The Buckeyes accept defeated North Carolina and Villanova by 25. Caleb Wesson, Ohio State’s aerial center, is ranked seventh in Pomeroy’s amateur of the year race.
*Louisville and Duke are the teams to exhausted in the ACC.
The Cards accept experience, admeasurement and a fierce, adamant charge to defense, baronial fourth in Pomeroy’s civic arresting ability metric and third in offense.
I acknowledgment those two numbers because abounding altercate that you charge rank in the Top 20 in both categories to win the civic title.
Obviously the numbers change every day. But on Thursday, Louisville was one of bristles bifold qualifiers. (The others: Maryland, Duke, Ohio State and Kansas.)
*With wins over Kansas on a aloof cloister and at Michigan State, I’ll alone crave one added affection win from Duke to balloon that the Blue Devils absent to Stephen F. Austin.
With Vernon Carey on the block and Tre Jones at point guard, Duke has the two best capital elements of an inside/outside attack. And this Mike Krzyzewski aggregation has fabricated bigger than 36 percent of its shots from distance, a ample advance over the 30.8 boilerplate of the Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, R.J. Barrett team.
Duke gets Louisville Jan. 18 in Durham. There is no acknowledgment game. Sadly.
*U of L advanced Jordan Nwora is the aboriginal baton for civic amateur of the year, topping Carey and Markus Howard of Marquette in Pomeroy’s aboriginal numbers.
Nwora has bigger his three-point cutting from 36.4 to 46.7 percent. He has denticulate 21 or added credibility in six games. He’s fabricated about 86 percent of his chargeless throws and contributed 7.5 rebounds per game.
There is a acumen Nwora takes 37.5 percent of Louisville’s shots back he is on the court. It’s able abhorrent basketball.
*When Virginia won the civic championship aftermost season, the Cavaliers had three guys who fabricated NBA rosters this abatement — DeAndre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy.
This Virginia team, the one that absent to Purdue by 29 Wednesday, ability not accept anybody who will comedy in the league. Maybe Mamadi Diakite, but he did not attending accessible to advancement from fourth advantage to aboriginal advantage adjoin Purdue.
A year ago Virginia ranked additional in Pomeroy’s abhorrent efficiency, averaging 123.4 credibility per 100 possessions. This season, Virginia is ranked 120th, averaging 102.2 per 100 possessions.
*Something is amiss with Michigan State.
I accept that point bouncer Cassius Winston as able-bodied as his teammates are ambidextrous with the adverse afterlife of Winston’s adolescent brother.
I apperceive that bouncer Josh Langford, Tom Izzo’s third-best player, has been hurt.
But this is not a aggregation that should lose to Virginia Tech by bristles on a aloof cloister and to Duke by 12 in the Breslin Center. Tech, you will notice, was not included in the Challenge.
Typically Izzo abstracts it out by March. But Ohio State and Maryland accept done added than the Spartans in the season’s aboriginal month.
*That was a bad accident by Illinois adjoin Miami in Champaign Monday night. The Illini were a contemporary aces to accomplishment in the top bristles of the Big Ten above-mentioned to the season.
But the Illini accept not baffled a Top 150 aggregation and still do not rank in the Top 10 in the Big Ten in arresting efficiency. Losing to Miami at home could put Illinois on the amiss ancillary of the bubble.
*Danny Manning is on the hottest bench in either league.
Penn State 76, Wake Forest 54.
Charlotte 67, Wake Forest 55.
Boston Academy 77, Wake Forest 70.
*Penn State will accomplish the NCAA Tournament.
*Florida State drillmaster Leonard Hamilton said that Indiana will additionally accomplish the party. They will if Trayce Jackson-Davis continues arena like a chief on both ends of the attic — and point gurard Rob Phinisee gets well.
Jackson-Davis, not Winston nor Wesson, leads Bart Torvik’s Big Ten amateur ratings. Apparently four double-doubles and a 65.6 cutting allotment on two-point shots registered.