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Big 10 Takes The Challenge Title For First Time, 6-5

December 3, 2009
And good for them. The way some of the teams played (Clemson, I’m looking right at you), the ACC didn’t deserve to win it. Kudos to the Big 10 for taking the title and giving the ACC its first opportunity to reclaim it in 2010-2011.

I can’t remember there being this many upsets in the matchups in recent years. State, Duke, Michigan St., Michigan, Minnesota and Clemson all dropped games to underdogs, with State, MSU, Michigan and Clemson all losing on their home courts. Credit to the unlikely victors in Miami and Boston College for keeping the score close.

In a way, I’m glad that the Big 10 finally won. It gives ACC schools something to get riled up about next season–reclaiming the “title.” I know a lot of folks think that the Challenge is hokey and made-for-ESPN (which it is), but at this time of year leading up to exams, are there any other compelling storylines to talk about? Would folks rather talk about Georgia Tech’s 13-point route of Siena last night? Just like the preseason tournaments, the Challenge doesn’t mean much more than bragging rights, but at least it’s something.

Hats off to the Big 10. We’ll get you next year.

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