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2010 ACC/Big Ten Challenge pairings and thoughts …

The initial dust has settled from the underclassmen and NBA Draft.  Coming soon: an updated early projection for the 2011 NCAA Tournament – complete with 68 teams.   Fortunately, some key college returnees in both the ACC and Big 10 set up another great ACC-BigTen challenge this fall.  Can the Big Ten win two events in a row?  I would say: yes.  Below is a quick look at the matchups.

  • Michigan State at Duke – Headline game between two teams likely to be ranked among the top five (or three) in preseason rankings.  Kyle Singler returns to Duke, the Spartans will have Kalin Lucas back at point.  It wouldn’t be a shock to see both teams in Houston next spring.  Pick: Duke
  • Purdue at Virginia Tech – Boilers could open at the nation’s No. 1 team.  Tough road game, but one the Boilers should win against a Hokies’ team that shouldn’t miss the NCAA’s this time-around.  Pick: Purdue
  • North Carolina at Illinois – Demitri McCamey and Mike Davis returned for the Illini.  UNC will be much better – or should be.  Both have excellent incoming talent, too. Pick: Illinois
  • Ohio State at Florida State – With Evan Turner departing, it might be easy to overlook OSU, but that would be a mistake.  Almost everyone else returns along with a strong incoming freshman class.  No reason to think the Seminoles won’t be an NCAA team again, but they won’t be as strong as the Buckeyes.  Pick: Ohio State
  • Virginia at Minnesota – At the Barn, this could be one of the least competitive games. Pick: Minnesota.
  • Michigan at Clemson – Likely a toss-up with a slight edge to the home team.  Pick: Clemson
  • Georgia Tech at Northwestern – With Kevin Coble back, the Wildcats might actually be favored.  Plus, Tech loses some NBA level talent (again).  Pick: Northwestern
  • Iowa at Wake Forest – Despite a coaching change, the Deacons should have little trouble at home with the rebuilding Hawkeyes.  Pick: Wake Forest.
  • NC State at Wisconsin – Badgers will be in the Big Ten’s upper-half, not too mention the game is at the Kohl Center.  Pick: Wisconsin.
  • Indiana at Boston College – Interest matchup.  The Hoosiers will be better; BC has questions with a new coach and system.  Slight edge (for now) to the home team.  Pick: Boston College
  • Maryland at Penn State – The Nittany Lions should be better and have Talor Battle back in the fold.  Maryland will be an NCAA-level team again, too.  Pick: Maryland.

All this can and may change by the time we get to late November and early December.  Right now, Big Ten wins 6-5.  These matchups are always a highlight of the early college hoops season.  As always, send a rebound or follow Bracketville on Twitter.

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