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

The 2022 edition of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge is underway after being announced on Monday that it will be the Last. This year’s series consists of 14 games over three days, split into two games on Monday, six games on Tuesday and six more games to finish on Wednesday.

The two games on Monday were a nice foretaste of the main course on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In Monday’s opener, Sean Pedulla added 17 points and Justyn Mutts added 16 points as Virginia Tech defeated Minnesota 67-57. Pedulla was 8-13 for the Hokies (7-1), who are unbeaten in five home games this season. Virginia Tech passed 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 took 27 of their 57 points from their bench.

Minnesota opens the Big Ten season Sunday in No. 5 Purdue and Virginia Tech opened the ACC season on Sunday when it played host to No. 18 North Carolina is.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Results of Monday’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Virginia Tech 65, Minnesota 57 Summary
Pitt 87, Northwestern 58 Summary

Schedule for Tuesday’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Penn State at Clemson

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

This is an even duel between two teams, so I’ll just take the home team and roll with Clemson. The Tigers were 11-5 at home last season, and overall this season they’ve looked pretty good, even after losing to South Carolina and Iowa. Expect a mind-blowing, drawn-out game that will see Clemson playing at his own pace in front of a home crowd. . Choice: Clemson -1

No. 22 Maryland in Louisville

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

Louisville is 0-6 in the season with the worst turnover rate among power programs and terrible shooting accuracy. A bias against Maryland — even at home — doesn’t seem like the right place for the cards. I think they can cover the double digits, but the 6-0 Terps aren’t starting the season as calmly with a balanced attack on both offense and defense that should allow for this relatively smooth sailing. Choice: Maryland -12

Syracuse at No. 16 Illinois

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

I don’t like picking favorites to cover such a wide range, but my belief tells me that Illinois is that good. . . and Syracuse is so mediocre. Illini at home almost always nails under Brad Underwood. You’re getting a Syracuse team that’s been going through the bell lately with two OT games in their last three and a loss to Bryant. Illinois 79, Syracuse 65 feels about right. Election: Illinois -11

Wake Forest in Wisconsin

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

This game has real potential to be one of the best of this week’s challenge. Really good guard play by either side could result in quality offensive play from both Wake and Wisconsin. However, the Badgers have the talent advantage and venue advantage, so I like them at this point to win and cover the six points. Selection: Wisconsin -6.5

Georgia Tech in Iowa

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

This one feels like a trap. Iowa is the clear choice here – it has shown it can handle teams of equal or greater talent like Georgia Tech with that lead already – so I’ll just go against my instincts and take the GT points. Iowa’s defense isn’t good enough to consistently take out teams right now, so it’s time to take on the Yellow Jackets. Choice: Georgia Tech +16

#3 Virginia in Michigan

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

My angry choice of the board on Tuesday. Virginia has arguably made a top-five resume in college hoops this season with its overhauled offense and stifling defense. But Michigan presents him with real challenges, both in terms of size (Hunter Dickinson), length (Jett Howard) and experience (Jaelin Llewellyn). Within Michigan’s own arena, I think this is a nice place to compete against a real quality team on a big stage. Selection: Michigan +4.5

Schedule for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday

No. 25 Ohio State at No. 17 Duke | 7:15 p.m. | ESPN
No. 5 Purdue in the State of Florida | 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 Nebraska | 9:15 p.m. | ESPNU

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