The Big Ten made things interesting last night. If either Illinois or Iowa, both of whom had a chance to tie their games in the final few seconds but couldn’t convert, had pulled out a win, the Big Ten could have taken a 4-2 lead into tonight’s game.
Purdue couldn’t keep pace with Duke in the main billing last night. Three-point shooting, normally Purdue’s calling card on offense, favored the Blue Devils, who hit 8 of 22 attempts from beyond the arc. Purdue, meanwhile, could only hit 2 of 13 three-point attempts. And Duke took advantage of Purdue’s weakness on the boards, pulling down 16 of 37 offensive rebounding opportunities (43.2%) and 33 of 41 defensive rebounding opportunities (80.5%).
With Wake Forest and North Carolina going in as heavy favorites (vs. Indiana and MSU, respectively) tonight, events will really have to be of a confluent nature for the Big Ten to finally take home the trophy (or whatever it is they give the ACC for winning this thing every year).
P.S. North Carolina fans aren’t taking us very seriously (perhaps rightly so at this point).