As part of the ACC/Big 10 Challenge, ESPN has a terrific college basketball doubleheader on Wednesday night.
At 7:15 p.m., No. 15 Purdue is at No. 14 Louisville. The visiting Boilermakers are 5-1, their lone loss coming against defending national champion Villanova. Louisville also is 5-1, its loss coming to Baylor 66-63 in the finals of the Battle 4 Atlantis last Friday.
Louisville led the Bears 32-10 with 4:02 left in the first half and 39-24 at halftime. The Cardinals scored the first five points of the second half to stretch the lead again to 20. But starting at the 9:45 mark, Baylor went on a 17-2 run to take a 59-56 lead. Louisville scored all of three field goals over the final 10 minutes.
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Rick Pitino took the blame for the loss, the U of L coach saying he left his starters on the floor too long and should have trusted his bench more, considering the final was the third game in as many days. Louisville looks tough defensively, but the Cards have some problems on the offensive end of the floor.
At 9:15 p.m., No. 3 North Carolina travels to No. 13 Indiana. UNC is 7-0 after winning the Maui Invitational last week. Indiana is 4-1, the lone loss coming at Fort Wayne, of all places.
ESPN’s Jay Bilas said during Duke’s win over Michigan State on Tuesday night that Kentucky has been very impressive out of the gate, but that he thinks North Carolina is currently the best team in the country. Bilas said he favored UNC’s experience over UK.
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As for Indiana, the Hoosiers hope to have James Blackmon Jr. back on the floor. The son of former UK star James Blackmon Sr. was averaging 20.5 points per game for the Hoosiers -- he scored 26 in IU’s win over Kansas in the Armed Forces Classic in Hawaii -- before suffering an unspecified knee injury against Fort Wayne. He sat out the Hoosiers’ win over Mississippi Valley State on Sunday. As you might remember, Blackmon missed most of last season after tearing his ACL.
Heading into the final night of the event, the ACC/Big 10 Challenge is tied 4-4.
ACC winners: Florida State over Minnesota; Duke over Michigan State; Pittsburgh over Maryland and Notre Dame over Iowa.
Big 10 winners: Northwestern over Wake Forest; Wisconsin over Syracuse; Penn State over Georgia Tech and Illinois over North Carolina State.
Here is the list of college basketball games on TV for Nov. 30.
Wednesday, Nov. 30
▪ 6:30 - New Hampshire at Providence (Fox Sports 2)
▪ 6:30 - Coppin State at Georgetown (Fox Sports South)
▪ 7:00 - Boston University at Connecticut (CBS Sports Network)
▪ 7:15 - Purdue at Louisville (ESPN)
▪ 7:15 - Rutgers at Miami (ESPNU)
▪ 7:15 - Virginia Tech at Michigan (ESPN2)
▪ 8:30 - Western Carolina at Marquette (Fox Sports 2)
▪ 8:30 - Drake at DePaul (Fox Sports South)
▪ 9:00 - Texas Southern at Arizona (Pac-12)
▪ 9:15 - Nebraska at Clemson (ESPNU)
▪ 9:15 - North Carolina at Indiana (ESPN)
▪ 9:15 - Ohio State at Virginia (ESPN2)
▪ 11:00 - UC-Riverside at UCLA (Pac-12)
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