The Big Ten is off to an early advantage in the annual Big Ten-ACC Challenge after winning four of the six games played between the two conferences on Tuesday night. The games will continue on Wednesday night, but its doubtful any of them will overshadow the victory the B1G earned when the Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Duke Blue Devils by a score of 85-63.
The Buckeyes, ranked second in the country, were able to represent the Big Ten well with the 22-point drubbing of the fourth-ranked Blue Devils. Sophomore big man Jared Sullinger led the way with 21 points and eight rebounds as Ohio State entered halftime with a 47-28 lead over Seth Curry and Co.
The only other ranked team in play during the two-day event on Tuesday night were the 15th-ranked Michigan Wolverines. That Big Ten team lost that game, however, as the Virginia Cavaliers were able to get the upset behind 18 points apiece from Mike Scott and Joe Harris.
The remaining scores from Tuesday night had the Northwestern Wildcats defeating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets by 16 points, the Illinois Fighting Illini overtaking the Maryland Terrapins by 11 points and the Purdue Boilermakers picking up a victory over the Miami Hurricanes. The ACC's only other victory came in the nightcap when the Clemson Tigers scored 71 points to beat the Iowa Hawkeyes.
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