November 30th, 2010
For the first time in the ACC - Big Ten Challenge’s eleven-year history the Big Ten is the defending champion. Our pick for the 2010 version of this event is another Big Ten victory; 6 to 5. Before you settle in for three days of quality basketball, our preview outlines the key storylines, prospects to watch and our picks for each game.
Monday, November 29
We’ve had our fill of turkey and all of the dressings, but our appetite for college hoops is growing by the week. Feast week usually provides a few surprises and this year was no exception. Very few expected UConn to defeat two top ten teams en route to the Maui Invitational championship and not many predicted Tennessee to handle Villanova in the Garden to win the NIT. However, that’s what makes this time of year so much fun. The tip-off tournaments are behind us and the various conference challenges highlight the upcoming week.
Behind hall of fame head coach Jim Calhoun, who looks like he's cut out to be a gun slinger from a old Western movie and their take charge dynamo point guard Kemba Walker, unranked UConn surprised everyone topping #2 Michigan State and #9 Kentucky in the final to claim the 2010 EASports Maui Invitational. This year's event featured numerous upsets and close match ups proving once again to be the premiere preseason college basketball tournament. The following is a look at the top prospects in the tourney from an NBA scouting perspective.