ACC/Huge Ten Problem preview | Girls’s Hoops World


Caitlin Clark blocks a shot final weekend. Iowa Athletics photograph.

Going down this Wednesday and Thursday would be the ACC/Huge Ten Problem, the place two of the very best ladies’s basketball conferences will face one another for superiority. Every has 5 groups ranked within the AP high 25, with the ACC at 9 and the Huge ten with seven, by way of ESPN’s bracketology. Most of the 14 video games have very attention-grabbing storylines inside:

Illinois vs. Pitt

When: Wednesday, 5 p.m. EST

The place: Petersen Occasions Middle, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The way to watch: ACC Community


Syracuse vs. Purdue

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m. EST

The place: Mackey Enviornment, West Lafayette, Indiana

The way to watch: Huge Ten Community

Key Storyline: Each of those two groups have been slowly rotated by younger head coaches. First-year Syracuse head coach Felisha Legette-Jack has the Orange at eighth within the ACC at 5-1, and has them as a reasonably stable defensive crew, permitting groups to shoot simply 33 % from the sector, and averaging six blocked pictures and 10.7 steals per recreation. Second-year Purdue head coach Katie Geralds continues to construct off of their match look final season, as they’re at present sixth within the Huge Ten at 6-1 with an offense that’s averaging 81.6 factors per recreation, capturing 50 % from the sector and 39 % from 3-point vary.


Virginia vs. Penn State

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST

The place: Bryce Jordan Middle, College Park, Pennsylvania

The way to watch: Huge Ten Plus

Key Storyline: New Virginia head coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton has rotated a crew that completed useless final within the ACC final season at 5-22, and at present has them at 8-0 on the high of the ACC. Penn State is in a really comparable head coach, as fourth-year head coach Carolyn Kieger has improved her crew’s file each single yr and appears to be doing the identical this yr because the Nittany Lions are at present third within the Huge Ten at 7-0.


No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 18 Louisville

When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EST

The place: KFC Yum! Middle, Louisville, Kentucky

The way to watch: ACC Community

Key Storyline: These are two groups which are heading in two fully instructions, given the expectations that they had coming into this season. The Ohio State Buckeyes have been ranked No. 14 within the preseason ballot and are at present ranked No. 4, because of a high-powered offense that’s averaging 94 factors per recreation, the third-most within the nation. The Louisville Cardinals have been ranked No. 7 coming into this season and have fallen all the way in which to No. 18, because of a struggling offense that places a lot of a burden on Hailey Van Lith to attain, with out a lot assist.


Wake Forest vs. Minnesota

When: Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST

The place: Williams Enviornment, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The way to watch: Huge Ten Community


Northwestern vs. Duke

When: Thursday, 5 p.m. EST

The place: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina

The way to watch: ACC Community

Key Storyline: Though Duke had excessive expectations coming into this season, not simply because of the addition of highly-touted recruit Ashlon Jackson, and already having good shooters reminiscent of Celeste Taylor and Shayeann Day-Wilson, they haven’t actually reached their full potential this season. It’s because their offense has been very normal, with simply 68.7 factors per recreation, and Taylor is their main scorer with 11.7 factors per recreation. 


No. 20 Maryland vs. No. 7 Notre Dame

When: Thursday, 6:30 p.m. EST

The place: Purcell Pavilion, South Bend, Indiana

The way to watch: ESPN2

Key Storyline: The Notre Dame Preventing Irish have taken an enormous step this yr behind Olivia Miles, Sonia Citron, Maddy Westbeld and Kylee Watson. Being third within the ACC standings, They’re tied for fifth within the nation, averaging 90 factors per recreation. Additionally they lead the ACC in field-goal proportion at 48.9 %, and are second in 3-point vary, at 36.8 %. It’s because they actually do play as a crew, main the ACC in assists with 18.3 per recreation and Miles leads in particular person assists with 6.7 per recreation.


Nebraska vs. No. 9 Virginia Tech

When: Thursday, 7 p.m. EST

The place: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia

The way to watch: ACC Community

Key Storyline: The Virginia Tech Hokies have positively lived as much as the hype coming into this season with the return of ACC Participant of the 12 months Elizabeth Kitley, and the addition of Ashley Owusu by means of the switch portal. Head coach Kenny Brooks actually has these ladies locked in, in his seventh season, as Kitley remains to be high 5 in each factors and rebounds, and Georgia Amoore, Taylor Soule and Cayla King proceed to contribute at a excessive degree. He additionally actually does an important job of emphasizing each side, because the Hokies are scoring 81.8 factors per recreation and permitting solely 44.8 factors, main all the ACC.


No. 12 NC State vs. No. 10 Iowa

When: Thursday, 8:30 p.m. EST

The place: Carver-Hawkeye Enviornment, Iowa Metropolis, Iowa

The way to watch: ESPN2

Key Storyline: This could be essentially the most intriguing matchup of all, because the Wolfpack tackle the Hawkeyes, who’ve perhaps the nation’s most enjoyable basketball participant in Caitlin Clark, whereas boasting two different elite offensive gamers in Monika Czinano and McKenna Warnock. Nevertheless, NC State is greater than able to getting right into a shootout with them with gamers reminiscent of Diamond Johnson, Jakia Brown-Turner and Jada Boyd. They’re averaging 83.1 factors per recreation and are second in field-goal proportion at 48.4 %, and first in 3-point proportion at 38.6 %, making them greater than able to maintaining with a crew as explosive as Iowa.


No. 17 Michigan vs. Miami

When: Thursday, 9 p.m. EST

The place: Watsco Middle, Coral Gables, Florida

The way to watch: ACC Community

Key Storyline: The Miami Hurricanes have been very attention-grabbing to comply with this season, as they’re at present off to a 6-2 begin and have received their first three video games with out their head coach Katie Meier, who was suspended for the primary three video games of this season as part of Miami’s cooperation with an NCAA investigation of an “enforcement matter.” It’s actually wonderful how they story simply got here and went and we nonetheless don’t know precisely what occurred there.


No. 6 North Carolina vs. No. 5 Indiana

When: Thursday, 6 p.m. EST

The place: Simon Skjodt Meeting Corridor, Bloomington, Indiana

The way to watch: Huge Ten Community

Key Storyline: Nobody ought to actually be stunned by what the Tar Heels have accomplished this season, given the expertise that they’ve and the truth that they superior to the Candy 16 final season. One of the best guard duo within the ACC, Deja Kelly and Alyssa Utsby, are nonetheless enjoying prefer it. Kennedy Todd-Williams and Eva Hodgson have additionally actually improved from final season. Head coach Courtney Banghart has dialed up her crew’s offense to 11, as they went from averaging 73 factors per recreation final season to averaging 82 factors per recreation this season. 


Florida State vs. Wisconsin

When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EST

The place: Kohl Middle, Madison, Wisconsin

The way to watch: Huge Ten Plus

Key Storyline: To me, not less than, the Florida State Seminoles have been the most important shock of the season up to now and numerous that is because of freshman phenom Ta’niya Latson, who has received ACC Participant and Rookie of the Week two weeks in a row. I wrote a column about this, so you possibly can test that out for extra element.


Georgia Tech vs. Michigan State

When: Thursday, 8 p.m. EST

The place: Breslin Middle, East Lansing, Michigan

The way to watch: Huge Ten Community

Key Storyline: The Georgia Tech Yellowjackets are positively a number one candidate for largest disappointment within the ACC up to now this season. Though they’re 5-2, they’ve had bother beating groups reminiscent of Georgia State, Kennesaw State, Air Power and Belmont that actually don’t have any bother beating. You would level to a number of components, together with the seven new gamers that they must work in, an especially poor offense that’s averaging the fewest quantity of factors within the ACC with simply 58.1 factors per recreation, or the truth that they solely common 9 assists per outing as a crew, additionally on the backside of the ACC. There’s nonetheless time for head coach Nell Fortner to show issues round, however she should work out a method to assist her crew rating extra factors.



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