Dec 4, 2013, 1:50 AM EST
GAME OF THE DAY: Boise State 69, Utah 67
Lost in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge hype was the battle between Mountain West and Pac-12 programs. The Broncos and Utes entered as two of the time scoring teams in the nation, but both struggled from the field early. Derrick Marks had 17 points and Anthony Drmic added 14 for Boise State. Utah was led by a game-high 19 points from Jordan Loveridge. Late in the first half, Princeton Onwas was hit with a flagrant-2 foul.
Boise State improves to 7-0 and has one game on Thursday before next week’s showdown against No. 3 Kentucky.
Duke 79, Michigan 69: Duke gets back in the win column after a loss to Arizona at Madison Sqaure Garden on Saturday. Michigan suffers its third loss in its last six games.
Colorado 67, Colorado State 62: The Buffalos got a scare, but in the end Spencer Dinwiddie was too much for the Rams as CU leaves with a road win. Won’t get easier … Kansas is on its way to Boulder for Saturday.
Iowa 98, Notre Dame 93: The Hawkeyes won the shootout. Notre Dame got itself back in the game early in the second half, and despite a career-high 29 points from Garrick Sherman, the Irish couldn’t make enough stops down the stretch.
Quinn Cook, Duke: He matched Michigan’s Caris LeVert with 24 points, but Cook also added nine assists and four boards in Duke’s bounce-back win against the Wolverines.
Trevor Cooney and Tyler Ennis, Syracuse: The new-look back court is looking good so far, continuing its strong play from Maui. Cooney ended with 21 points, off five 3-pointers and Ennis took care of the rock with eight assists to one turnover, adding 17 points of his own.
J.J. Mann, Belmont: One of the key returners for Belmont dropped 32 points and added seven rebounds, four steals against Middle Tennessee. The Bruins were coming off a loss to VCU on Sunday.
Illinois: Georgia Tech closed out the game on a 19-4 run to steal a game from the Fighting Illini, handing them their first loss of the season.
Nik Stauskas/Michigan offense: The Wolverines leading scorer played 34 minutes, took two shots and finished with four points. He also lost his shoe at one point, but that’s neither here nor there. Tyler Thornton, Matt Jones and his injured ankle all caused problems. Stauskas is Michigan’s best offense and when he struggles, the team struggles.
Florida International: The Golden Panthers lost by 28 to Division II Nova Southeastern.
BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE
- No. 4 Syracuse 62, Indiana 52
- Georgia Tech 67, Illinois 64
- Pittsburgh 78, Penn State 69
- Duke 79, Michigan 69
- No. 23 Iowa 98, Notre Dame 93
- Minnesota 71, Florida State 61
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 2 Arizona 79, Texas Tech 58: Brandon Ashley goes for 18 points and 10 rebounds. Nick Johnson adds 18 of his own. Aaron Gordon goes for a game-high 19.
- No. 18 UCLA 89, UC Santa Barbara 76: Closer than the score seems. UC Santa Barbara hit nine first half threes, but the Bruins buckled down on defense. Jordan Adams led with 22 points. Kyle Anderson added 21 points, nine assists and six boards.
- No. 21 UMass 69, Eastern Michigan 57: The Minutemen survive their first game as a ranked team since 1998. Trailed by four at half, but UMass had five double figure scorers led by the much-improved Cady Lalanne.
- East Carolina’s Akeem Richmond and Presbyterian’s each went for 37 points on Tuesday night. ECU beat Fayetteville State and Presbyterian topped UNC Greensboro.
- Spencer Dinwiddie went over 1,000 career points at Colorado
- Miami (OH) and Stetson each won their first games this season. The RedHawks defeated IPFW 94-87 while the Hatters beat Bethune Cookman 56-52
- Kyle Boswell hit five threes for UC Santa Barbara (same amount he did in the upset win over UNLV). The Gauchos hit 12 threes in the game, though, not enough against UCLA.
- Minnesota picked up a nice win against Florida State at home on Tuesday. The Golden Gophers now 7-2.
- Tyler Haws went for 23 points in BYU’s 97-67 win over North Texas. More importantly, Matt Carlino had 11 assists, 10 boards, only five more points and he would of had a triple-double.
- Denver rallied to beat Southern 75-74 in overtime.
- Dougie McBuckets goes for 21 points and four boards after a tough outing against George Washington in the Wooden Legacy. Creighton defeated Long Beach State 78-61.
- Pittsburgh saw Tim Frazier drop 27, but remain unbeaten after a 78-69 win.
- Troy Williams did this (WATCH HERE). Did he dunk on a teammate?
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