Originally Posted by New York Red
I don't know about you, but I consider @ Georgetown a game against a top Big East team. I'm not sure how they do it, but I know you don't choose your opponent and they don't set up marquee matchups. Sometimes they happen, and sometimes they don't. I always thought they should match up the top eight teams based on where they finished in their conferences the previous year. First vs first, second vs second, etc.
That's odd to me. Certainly Georgetown would qualify as a top team. I'm just surprised that in a made for TV game like the various conference challenges that the TV people who organize it wouldn't set up the team they feel will be best in the conference to match up with UK. Maybe for some strange reason they believed it would be St. Johns last year.
Just because you got me curious, I went back and looked through the history of the Big Ten-ACC challenge and while Duke got some favors early on playing an unranked Iowa and Illinois squads the first few years, the last 9 years have been fairly brutal. They've only played two unranked teams in that span, IU in 2006 and Wisconsin in 2009. Conversely, Duke has played 4 top 10 teams in that span. So criticize him for a number of things, but I don't think its a fair criticism to say Coach K for assuming that the B1G Ten opponent is going to be one of the marquee matchups for the season.