ACC- Big 10 Challenge starts

Today is the start of the ACC- Big Ten Challenge.  And that means it is also Jimmy V week, where we remember NC State Coach Jim Valvano’s battle with cancer.  It is a timely reminder at the beginning of basketball season that life is much more than stats, plays, and games.  If you need a reminder, take a few minutes and watch Coach V’s 1993 speech at the Espy Awards where he annoucned the creation of the Jimmy V Foundation.  This impassioned speech is one for the record books.

Currently, I am watching UNC loose to Indiana, with 2:30 left in the game and they are down by 30 (the guys are young, this is a rebuilding year).  I watched both NC State and FSU fall to their Big Ten rivals.  Both teams played hard, but couldn’t really get their feet under them.  Wake Forest fell to Nebraska on their home court.  Virginia Tech held their own against Iowa for the ACC.  (UNC just lost to Indiana…they are young, this is a rebuilding year).  I hate seeing the name Zeller on that red and white uniform. Maryland also held up their end of the bargain beating Northwestern; however, the biggest news out of that game might be the Under Armour Shoes.  They are an interesting blend of purple, black, red, and yellow.  I guess Balyor’s highlighter colored uniforms from last year are still worse!

So, the Big Ten is up 3-2 today.  Tomorrow there are six more games. GO Virginia, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, and Boston College!