ACCBig Ten Challenge, Wednesday, Nov. 30Indiana (6-0) at N.C. State (5-1)When: 7:15 p.m.
Where: Raleigh, NC, RBC Center (19,700)
Fast break: The Hoosiers are finally beginning to take off under Tom Crean after a few struggling seasons. Cody Zeller is a big-time player inside, though hes just a freshman. IU is coming off a 16-point win over Butler. The Wolfpack has lost to Vanderbilt and beaten Texas on a neutral floor. State is definitely better than in the past few seasons, but is still learning new coach Mark Gottfrieds preferred approach. The atmosphere should be wild, which will benefit the home team, which will play well off of the fans energy.
Forecast: N.C. State, 76-71.
Penn State (5-2) at Boston College (2-4)When: 7:15 p.m.
Where: Chestnut Hill, MA, Conte Forum (8,600)
Fast break: Perfect matchup, as these are clearly the worst clubs in their respective conferences. PSU was blown out by 38 by Kentucky and by 18 to St. Joes, but its still better than the youngest team in the nation, which is BC.
Forecast: Penn State, 65-57.
Florida State (5-2) at Michigan State (4-2)When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: East Lansing, MI, Breslin Center (14,797)
Fast break: FSU has lost consecutive games to a good Harvard club and in overtime to UConn, and at times the Seminoles have struggled on offense without point guard Ian Miller. No teams defend quite like the Noles, whose long arms and quick feet should give MSU trouble. The Spartans have already lost to UNC and Duke, and FSU is projected as the ACCs third best team, so this game will be personal for Tom Izzos club. Expect their best effort and to win the game with grit and hard work.
Forecast: Michigan State, 62-56.
Virginia Tech (5-1) at Minnesota (6-1) When: 9:15 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis, MN, Williams Arena (14,100)
Fast break: Seth Greenbergs team has a wonderful opportunity to grab a victory that could help put it over the NCAA hump in March. The Hokies have already beaten Oklahoma State on a neutral floor. Techs guard play is its strength, and if Erick Green and Dorenzo Hudson to their thing, the Hokies have a great chance. The Golden Gophers are well coached and make sound decisions. They are coming off a 16-point loss to Dayton on a neutral floor, but expect a terrific effort with an ACC team in town. Tech is young, but its guard play might be the difference in a slight upset.
Forecast: VT, 68-64.
Wake Forest (4-2) at Nebraska (4-1)When: 9:15 p.m.
Where: Lincoln, NE, Devaney Center (13,595)
Fast break: Both programs are rebuilding, and each has a decent win thus far. Wake is coming off a victory over Texas Tech while Nebraska has beaten Southern Cal and Rhode Island, but its loss was to Oregon. Wake might be more athletic but the Huskers are at home. That will matter.
Forecast: Nebraska, 77-70.
Wisconsin (6-0) at North Carolina (5-1)When: 9:30 p.m.
Where: Chapel Hill, NC, Smith Center (22,000)
Fast break: Huge game for both clubs. It gives Wisconsin a chance to make a major national statement, while Carolina must find itself after falling in its last game at UNLV. The Badgers are well coached, shoot really well from the perimeter, will challenge UNC with its use of spacing, and because it wont beat itself. UNC should play with fire and focus, and the Tar Heels need to take this challenge personally. Not only do they have a really good team in town, but the kind of club it has struggled with in recent years. Carolina has more talent, is as well coached, has depth, will have the frenzied home crowd, and should play with a purpose.
Forecast: UNC, 82-73.
Andrew Jones record 59-10