November 29, 2011

NCAA Basketball Betting: ACC/Big Ten Challenge Matchups

The annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge is this week, and as always, it should be quite the doozy! Check out the college basketball betting matchups that we have on tap for this week!

#15 Michigan Wolverines (5-1 SU, 2-2 ATS) @ Virginia Cavaliers (5-1 SU, 3-1 ATS)
Television Coverage: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA – Tuesday, November 29th, 7:00 ET

Michigan and Virginia are both 5-1 to start off the season, but the difference is that the Wolverines have been tested and tested quite a bit from the Paradise Jam. Big Blue is clearly the better team in this game, but coming into Charlottesville is never an easy task.

Northwestern Wildcats (5-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-2 SU, 2-2 ATS)
Television Coverage: ESPNU

Gwinnett Center, Duluth, GA – Tuesday, November 29th, 7:15 ET

Northwestern’s three point shooters could have a field day against a Georgia Tech team that looks incredibly prone to the long ball this year. The Jackets rank No. 204 in the nation in three point defense. John Shurna could be in for a banner day for Northwestern, which has to feel like it has a real chance to go dancing this year with its hot start to the season.

Illinois Fighting Illini (5-0 SU, 2-2 ATS) @ Maryland Terrapins (3-2 SU, 1-3 ATS)
Television Coverage: ESPN, ESPN3.com

Comcast Center, College Park, MD – Tuesday, November 29th, 7:30 ET

The Terps could have their hands full with a very good defensive club like the Illini. Florida Gulf Coast nearly posted a victory at the Comcast Center over the weekend, which doesn’t bode well for the visit from Illinois. DJ Richardson is going to be the most lethal shooter on the court, and it seems odd that the Terrapins just don’t have the shooter as they almost always to do be able to match up with Richardson.

Miami Hurricanes (4-1 SU, 1-1-1 ATS) @ Purdue Boilermakers (6-1 SU, 3-2 ATS)
Television Coverage: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, IN – Tuesday, November 29th, 9:00 ET

Purdue doesn’t look like the same type of team that it did a few years ago when Robbie Hummel was just a sophomore. Hummel just doesn’t have the same type of talent around him now as he did then, and the end result might be a fight just to get into the NCAA Tournament. The Canes are probably a bubble team as well this year, so this isn’t just about conference bragging right. Both of these teams badly need this win to boost their RPIs.

Clemson Tigers (3-2 SU, 1-1 ATS) @ Iowa Hawkeyes (4-2 SU, 1-1 ATS)
Television Coverage: ESPNU

Carver Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, IA – Tuesday, November 29th, 9:15 ET

Head Coach Fran McCaffery knows that this is a big spot for his Hawkeyes to erase the memory of that brutal loss to Campbell last week. Clemson is struggling as well, as it really has yet to figure out how to get the job done against any of the better teams on its slate. The loser of this one could be in for a long, long season in conference play, as they are both teams that are clearly over their heads playing against the best in their conferences.

#6 Duke Blue Devils (7-0 SU, 3-4 ATS) @ #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0 SU, 2-1 ATS)
Television Coverage: ESPN, ESPN3.com

Value City Arena, Columbus, OH – Tuesday, November 29th, 9:30 ET

The signature game of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge should be a tremendous battle between a pair of legitimate Final Four contenders. The Dookies are going to be tested on the road for the first time this year, which could make for a scary proposition going against clearly the best big man in America in Jared Sullinger. OSU could make a case to be the No. 1 team in the country if it can win this game.

Indiana Hoosiers (5-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) @ North Carolina State Wolfpack (5-1 SU, 2-3 ATS)
Television Coverage: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

RBC Center, Raleigh, NC – Wednesday, November 30th, 7:15 ET

This is a golden opportunity on national television for the Hoosiers to proclaim themselves as a tourney team this year. They are already 5-0 and could legitimately be a team that reaches double digits in wins before suffering its first loss. NC State has played a paper thin schedule to date, and this could prove to be a rude awakening for a team that is nowhere near as good as its record.

Penn State Nittany Lions (5-2 SU, 2-2 ATS) @ Boston College Eagles (2-3 SU, 2-1 ATS)
Television Coverage: ESPNU

Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA – Wednesday, November 30th, 7:15 ET

BC knows that it is going to be a long year if it is getting blown out of the water by the likes of St. Louis and Massachusetts. The Eagles are clearly overmatched no matter who they end up getting matched up with in this festival, but Penn State can’t be overly happy. A win wouldn’t do much for its resume to get into the dance, while a loss could prove to be damning come March.

Florida State Seminoles (5-2 SU, 3-2 ATS) @ Michigan State Spartans (3-2 SU, 2-2 ATS)
Television Coverage: ESPN, ESPN3.com

Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, MI – Wednesday, November 30th, 7:30 ET

Michigan State has had a brutal start to its season, having to already face Duke and North Carolina out of the ACC, and now it has to deal with the only team that many think can fight it out with both of the big boys in the conference. FSU is coming off of a tough time in the Bahamas with losses to Harvard and UConn, but a win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge would go a long way to remedying that situation.

Virginia Tech Hokies (4-1 SU, 1-3 ATS) @ Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-0 SU, 2-1 ATS)
Television Coverage: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

RBC Center, Raleigh, NC – Wednesday, November 30th, 7:15 ET

If the Golden Gophers can find a way to beat Dayton on Sunday and then turn around and knock off V-Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, they should be well on their way to a 13-0 start to the season before Big Ten play starts. Virginia Tech is always searching for wins like this to boost its resume into the NCAA Tournament, but all too often, Head Coach Seth Greenberg’s game folds up on the road against the best of opponents.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-2 SU, 2-2 ATS) @ Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-1 SU, 2-1 ATS)
Television Coverage: ESPNU

Bob Devaney Sports Center, Lincoln, NE – Wednesday, November 30th, 9:15 ET

Nebraska gets a chance to get its feet wet for the first time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge against one of the worst teams that the ACC has to offer. Wake Forest is a budding program that will eventually get back to prominence, but this isn’t going to be the year. We’d be surprised to see anything short of another big time victory for the Big Ten in this one.

#11 Wisconsin Badgers (6-0 SU, 3-0 ATS) @ #1 North Carolina Tar Heels (5-1 SU, 3-2 ATS)
Television Coverage: ESPN, ESPN3.com

Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC – Wednesday, November 30th, 9:30 ET

The No. 1 team in the land will no longer be ranked No. 1 by the time this one plays out on Wednesday night after losing to a game UNLV team in Sin City on Saturday. That being said, the Badgers are on their way up, and if they have dreams of ultimately joining one of the top lines in the NCAA Tournament, this is the type of game that they are going to have to figure out how to win. There is just a slew of talent on both sides of the court, and we are going to love seeing North Carolina’s potent offense matching up against Wisconsin’s vaunted defense.

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Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.

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