For the ninth year in a row, in other words, for the ENTIRE EXISTENCE OF THE EVENT, the ACC has beaten the Big Ten in the ACC/Big Ten challenge.
Honestly, this thing is a joke. I wish I could complain that the matchups are unfair, but they really aren't. The ACC puts it's best teams against ours, and they put their worst teams against ours. The result has been the same for nine years: violent sodomy at the hands of the East Coast.
As a Big Ten fan, this is hard for me to say, but it needs to be suggested: change this thing into the ACC/Big East challenge. Really, the Big Ten just can't compete from top to bottom with the ACC. The ACC is a basketball centered conference, and the Big Ten is more of a football conference. The Big East has 16 teams, not only giving them a bigger chance of having teams who can compete, but fielding basketball-centered schools like Louisville, Cincinnati, UConn, and Syracuse.
The event is torture to watch every year, especially this year for me because the Hawkeyes refuse to pass, shoot, and manage the game intelligently. Aside from Petersen the entire team's mindset is basically this:
"BALL!!! BALL!!! OOOOOH PRETTY! DRIBBLE RUN DOWN COURT! DRIBBLE DRIBBLE PASS TO COVERED MAN! BALL INTERCEPTED? ME NO WANT DEFEND! the other team scores BALL AGAIN! RUN DOWN COURT DRIBBLEDRIBBLE!! TAKE SHOT WHEN DOUBLE TEAMED!!! MISS?!!? ME NO WANNA PLAY DEFENSE!!!"
which makes the entire game a giant exercise in futility. In short, the ACC has more talent, better coaching and better tradition/recruiting than the Big Ten. Just change the Big Ten with the Big East. Then I might be interested.