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

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

The 2022 edition of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge is underway after it was announced on Monday that it would be the the last. This year’s series features 14 games over a three-day span, split with two games on Monday, six games on Tuesday and six more games to close it out on Wednesday.

The two games on Monday were a good sample for the main course on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In Monday’s opener, Sean Pedulla scored 17 points and Justyn Mutts added 16 points as Virginia Tech beat Minnesota 67-57. Pedulla was 8-for-13 for the Hokies (7-1) who are undefeated in five home games this season. Virginia Tech edged 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 from their bench.

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

The ACC took a 2-0 lead in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge when Pitt earned an easy 87-58 road victory over Northwestern as Blake Hinson shot 4-for-5 from 3-point range and scored 22 points as the Panthers posted their highest-game scoring in the past two seasons.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Monday’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge Results

Virginia Tech 65, Minnesota 57 – Recap
Pitt 87, Northwest 58 — Recap

Tuesday’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule

Penn State to Clemson

7 p.m. | ESPNU and fuboTV (Try for free)

It’s an equal game between two teams, so I just take the home team and roll with Clemson. The Tigers were 11-5 at home last season and this season they’ve looked pretty good overall, even in their two losses to South Carolina and Iowa. Expect a knockdown and drag type game that allows Clemson to play at his own pace in front of his home crowd. . Pick: Clemson -1

No. 22 Maryland at Louisville

7 p.m. | ESPN2 and fuboTV (Try for free)

Louisville is 0-6 this season with the worst turnover rate among power programs and abysmal accuracy so far shooting the ball. A tilt against Maryland — even at home — doesn’t seem like the right place for the Cards. I think they can cover the gap in double digits but the 6-0 Terps are not so quietly off to a solid start to the season with a balanced attack in both attack and defense that should make this sailing relatively fluid. Pick: Maryland -12

Syracuse at No. 16 Illinois

7:30 p.m. | ESPN and fuboTV (Try for free)

I don’t like taking favorites to cover that big gap, but my beliefs tell me Illinois is so good. . . and Syracuse is so mediocre. Illini at home almost always nails under Brad Underwood. They’re getting a Syracuse team that’s been through the buzzer lately with two overtime games in its last three and coming off a loss to Bryant. Illinois 79, Syracuse 65 feels about right. Pick: Illinois -11

Wake Forest Wisconsin

9 p.m. | ESPN2 and fuboTV (Try for free)

This game has real potential to be one of the best in the challenge this week. Great guard play from both sides could lead to quality offensive play from both Wake and Wisconsin. The Badgers have the talent advantage and the site advantage, so I like them in this spot to win and cover all six points. Pick: Wisconsin -6.5

Georgia Tech in Iowa

9 p.m. | ESPNU and fuboTV (Try for free)

This one looks like a trap. Iowa is the clear choice here — they’ve shown they can already handle teams of equal or better talent than Georgia Tech by that margin — so I’m just going to go against my instincts and take the GT points. Iowa’s defense isn’t good enough to consistently put teams away right now, so taking the Yellow Jackets is the decision. Pick: Georgia Tech +16

Virginia No. 3 at Michigan

9:30 p.m. | ESPN and fuboTV (Try for free)

My upset choice of slate on Tuesday. Virginia has arguably earned a top-five resume in college hoops so far this season with her revamped offense and stifling defense. But Michigan presents real challenges for him with both size (Hunter Dickinson) and length (Jett Howard) and experience (Jaelin Llewellyn). Inside Michigan’s own arena, I think it’s a good place to announce yourself on a big stage against a real quality team. Pick: Michigan +4.5

Wednesday’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge schedule

No. 25 Ohio State at No. 17 Duke | 7:15 p.m. | ESPN
No. 5 Purdue at Florida State | 7:15 p.m. | ESPN2
Rutgers in Miami | 7:15 p.m. | ESPNU
No. 18 North Carolina at No. 10 Indiana | 9:15 p.m. | ESPN
No. 20 Michigan State at Notre Dame | 9:15 p.m. | ESPN2
Boston College in Nebraska | 9:15 p.m. | ESPNU

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