The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday the pairings for the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge for the third year of a four-year agreement. The Challenge, which will take on a two-day format this year, will open on Wednesday, Dec. 2, as Wake Forest hosts Illinois, Boston College travels to Iowa, and Georgia Tech takes on Penn State. On Thursday, Ohio State will face Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Purdue is at Virginia, Florida State visits Indiana, N.C. State hosts Wisconsin, Michigan is at Virginia Tech, Clemson travels to Northwestern, Maryland hosts Minnesota, and North Carolina is at Michigan State.
The Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge has matched 11 teams from each conference in head-to-head competition traditionally on the first Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after Thanksgiving, following the men's basketball Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Last year, the ACC won seven of the 11 Big Ten/ACC Challenge games, while the inaugural Challenge in 2007 saw the ACC collect eight victories.
Cincinnati hires UConn assistant: The Bearcats have hired Connecticut assistant Jamelle Elliott as the new women's basketball coach. Elliott, who also played for the Huskies, has spent most of the last two decades with the Connecticut program and Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma. Elliott was an assistant at UConn the last 12 years, helping Auriemma lead the team to a 402-36 record, seven Final Four appearances and five national championships.
Charges to be reduced against Marshall players: Police say felony drug charges against two Marshall football players will be filed again as misdemeanors.
Cabell County Sheriff's Deputy Doug Ferguson said Tuesday that tailback Darius Marshall and defensive back DeQuan Bembry were arrested Saturday on charges of felony possession with the intent to deliver. They were later released on $20,000 bond apiece.
Ferguson says the charges will be reduced to simple possession. Ferguson says another deputy erred on the side of caution in initially filing the elevated charges against the players.
Marshall ran for 1,177 yards and scored five touchdowns last season as a sophomore. Bembry had 80 tackles, including 7.5 for losses, and intercepted a pass as a redshirt freshman.
Coach Mark Snyder has suspended both from the team.
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ECU's Avchen on Johnny Bench watch list: East Carolina catcher Jared Avchen has been named to the official watch list for the Johnny Bench Award delivered by AT&T and Papa John's Pizza, the organization announced Monday evening. Fifty-three catchers from across the nation were nominated for the award, given annually to the top Division I college catcher.
Davidson 3, Duke 2: Chase Fitzpatrick drove in the winning run with a walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead Davidson to the win over Duke on Tuesday evening at Wilson Field in Davidson.
Davidson improved to 18-25 overall while Duke dropped to 29-18.Fitzpatrick laced his two-out double inside the left field foul line. From College News Releases