Upsets carry Big Ten to first-ever win in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Marco LaNave

For the first time in the history of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the Big Ten has emerged with more wins than its conference counterpart.

Wisconsin upset No. 6 Duke in Madison and Illinois won at No. 18 Clemson as the Big Ten won six of the 11 games in the 2009 Challenge, which took place Monday through Wednesday.  The Badgers never trailed in their 73-69 victory over the Blue Devils.  The Illini trailed the Tigers by as many as 23 points early in the second half before rallying for a 76-74 road win.

2009 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Scoreboard:

Home team in CAPS

Game Monday

Penn State 69, VIRGINIA 66

Games Tuesday

Northwestern 65, N.C. State 53
No. 4 PURDUE 69, Wake Forest 58
Maryland 80, INDIANA 68
No. 10 NORTH CAROLINA 89, No. 9 Michigan State 82
Virginia Tech 70, IOWA 64

Games Wednesday

Illinois 76, No. 18 CLEMSON 74
MIAMI 63, Minnesota 58
Boston College 62, MICHIGAN 58
WISCONSIN 73, No. 6 Duke 69
No. 15 OHIO STATE 77, Florida State 64