MBB: Challenge odds and ends

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The Big Ten Wins the 2009 Challenge. A huge comeback by Illinois and Wisconsin handing Duke its first challenge loss helped claim the challenge for the Big Ten.

Here are a few stats about the Challenge and this year's games.

Home teams are 66-33 in Big Ten/ACC Challenge play. Home teams went 5-6 in this year's Challenge with Purdue, North Carolina, Miami, Wisconsin and Ohio State all garnering triumphs. The Big Ten is 28-23 in games played on its home courts in the Challenge.

Fifty-seven of the 108 Challenge games now played have featured at least one ranked team. This year, five matchups had at least one ranked team.

Twenty-six games have now had two ranked teams pitted against one another.

Duke entered this year's Challenge undefeated in the event. Wisconsin handed the Blue Devils their first loss Challenge history.

The Purdue/Wake Forest series has historically been close, as the average margin of victory for both teams has been only slightly better than seven points per game in the five meetings between the two teams. However, Purdue defeated the Demon Deacons by 11 points,69-58, on Tuesday night.

The average margin of victory in this year's Challenge games was 7.2 points. The smallest margin of victory was Illinois' win over Clemson (76-74). The largest margin of victory was Ohio State's 13-point win over Florida State (77-64)

Five games were decided by five or fewer points, with the Big Ten winning three of those five.

Four games were decided by double-digit points, with the Big Ten winning three of the four games.

Unranked Illinois and Wisconsin each defeated ranked teams. Illinois escaped #18/19 Clemson, and The Badgers downed #6/5 Duke.

Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin are on two-game win streaks in the Challenge. Penn State has now won its last three Challenge games.

Prior to Illinois' 20-point halftime deficit, the largest deficit overcome in any Challenge game was 14 points (22-36) by Ohio State in a 73-68 in over Miami in 2008.

The Big Ten averaged 69.0 points in Challenge games this year, while the ACC averaged 68.0 points.

All four teams who played in the Anaheim (Clemson, Minnesota) or Orlando (Florida State, Minnesota) ESPN events through last Sunday lost in the Challenge. Two of them were upset at home (Clemson and Michigan).








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