2022 ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule, predictions: Michigan vs. Virginia, Syracuse vs. Illinois on tap Tuesday

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The 2022 edition of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge is underway after it was announced on Monday that it would the last. This year’s series includes 14 games over a three-day period, split into two games on Monday, six games on Tuesday, and another six games to wrap it up on Wednesday.

Monday’s two games were a nice preview for the main course on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In Monday’s opener, Sean Pedulla scored 17 runs and Justyn Mutts added 16 as Virginia Tech defeated Minnesota 67-57. Pedulla was 8 for 13 for the Hokies (7-1) who are undefeated in five home games this season. Virginia Tech defeated Minnesota 42-27 and had 11 on offense.

Ta’lon Cooper and Pharrel Payne each had 13 points to lead Minnesota (4-2) and Ola-Joseph added 11 as the Gophers got 27 of their 57 points off their bench.

Minnesota opens the Big Ten season on Sunday at No. 5 Purdue and Virginia Tech opens the ACC season on Sunday when it hosts No. 18 North Carolina.

The ACC took a 2-0 lead in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge as Pitt took an easy 87-58 road win vs. Northwestern as Blake Hinson shot 4 for 5 from 3-point range, scoring 22 points as the Panthers posted their highest. scoring game in the last two seasons.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Results from Monday’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Virginia Tech 65, Minnesota 57 — Summary
Pitt 87, Northwest 58 — Summary

Tuesday’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule

Penn State at Clemson

7pm | ESPNU and fuboTV (Try Free)

This is a tie game between two teams, so I’ll just take the home team and roll with Clemson. The Tigers were 11-5 at home last season and have been looking pretty good overall this season, even after the two losses to South Carolina and Iowa. Expect a knockdown, drag-out type game that gets Clemson ready to play at his own pace in front of his home crowd. . Choose: Clemson -1

No. 22 Maryland in Louisville

7pm | ESPN2 and fuboTV (Try Free)

Louisville is 0-6 on the season with the worst turnover rate among power programs and terrible accuracy yet in shooting the ball. A tilt against Maryland – even at home – doesn’t seem to be the right place for the cards. I think they can cover the double-digit spread, but the 6-0 Terps haven’t quite got off to a solid start to the season with a balanced attack on both offense and defense that should make this run relatively smoothly. Choose: Maryland -12

Syracuse at No. 16 Illinois

7:30 pm | ESPN and fuboTV (Try Free)

Don’t like taking favorites to cover this large spread, but my belief tells me Illinois is that good. . . and Syracuse is so mediocre. Illini almost always nails under Brad Underwood at home. They get a Syracuse team that has gone through the ringer lately with two OT games in the last three, losing to Bryant. Illinois 79, Syracuse 65 feels about right. Choose: Illinois -11

Wake Forest in Wisconsin

9pm | ESPN2 and fuboTV (Try Free)

This game really has the potential to be one of the best of this week’s challenge. Really good defensive play on both sides could lead to quality offensive play from both Wake and Wisconsin. However, the Badgers have the talent advantage and the location advantage, so I like that they win at this spot and cover the six points. Choose: Wisconsin -6.5

Georgia Tech in Iowa

9pm | ESPNU and fuboTV (Try Free)

This one feels like a trap. Iowa is the clear choice here – it’s shown that it can already take on teams of equal or greater talent as Georgia Tech by this margin – so I’m just going against my instincts and taking the GT points. Iowa’s defense isn’t quite good enough to put teams away consistently right now, so taking the Yellow Jackets is the move. Choose: Georgia Tech +16

No. 3Virginia in Michigan

9:30 pm | ESPN and fuboTV (Try Free)

My upset pick of the slate on Tuesday. Virginia has probably had a top-five resume in the college hoops so far this season with his remade offense and smothering defense. But Michigan presents real challenges, both in size (Hunter Dickinson) and height (Jett Howard) and experience (Jaelin Llewellyn). In Michigan’s home arena, I think this is a nice place to introduce themselves on a big stage against a really quality team. Choice: Michigan +4.5

Wednesday’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule

No. 25 Ohio State at No. 17 Duke | 19:15 | ESPN
No. 5 Purdue in the state of Florida | 19:15 | ESPN2
Rutgers at Miami | 19:15 | ESPNU
No. 18 North Carolina at No. 10 Indiana | 21:15 | ESPN
No. 20 Michigan State at Notre Dame | 21:15 | ESPN2
Boston College at Nebraska | 21:15 | ESPNU


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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