The basketball gods were much kinder to the ACC on Day 2 of the annual inter-conference Challenge. On Day 1, the ACC spotted the Big Ten a 5-2 lead . . . Maryland and Ga Tech being the only winners for their conference.
But Day 2 was a different story. Duke won. UVA won. Miami won. And the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest seriously kicked some Golden Gopher glutei maximi. Except for Clemson's 11-point loss to Illinois, today was All-ACC!
Unfortunately, Thursday's big ACC day couldn't completely erase the B1G Ten's Day 1 margin.
When the CPAs tallied the results, the final score was: ACC 6, B1G Ten 6. So, the bad news is that for the first time in the 5-year history of the women's Challenge, the ACC did not win. But the good news is that for the 5th time in the 5-year history, the ACC did not lose! Or to say it another way, this year's Challenge ended in a tie.
The BCs consulted a couple of their basketball experts about the tie-break rules. Expert #1 told us that, in the event of a tie, the Commissioner's Trophy (is there such a thing?) is simply kept by the prior year's winner . . . that would be the ACC! Meanwhile, Expert #2 told us the tie was broken by Rock, Paper, Scissors. (LOL!)
In any event, the ACC made a great Day 2 charge. The ACC didn't lose. We can live with that. (Well, we have no choice, do we?)
See you next year, B1G!