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Saturday, November 18
Updated: November 30, 1:20 AM ET
New Names, Same Spartan Something

Joseph Forte
The ball bounced Charlie Bell & Co.'s way.
The ACC was just a little better than the Big Ten once again this year. But as statements go, No. 2 Michigan State made the biggest during the two-night affair. The new-look defending champions re-introduced themselves to the nation in a 77-64 victory over No. 6 North Carolina on Wednesday night. Get used to the new names. J.R., Charlie and Zach led the way against the Tar Heels. Oh, and's Andy Katz expects the Spartans to only get better as they become household names by March.

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    Tuesday Night
      Wednesday Night
    Wake Forest 71, Michigan 60
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    Clemson 57, Northwestern 44
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    Duke 78, Illinois 77
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    Iowa 85, Georgia Tech 67
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      Virginia 98, Purdue 79
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    Michigan State 77, North Carolina 64
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    Minnesota 76, Florida State 71
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    Wisconsin 78, Maryland 75 (OT)
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    N.C. State 84, Penn State 76
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    Features and columns
    Katz: Wake reversing last year's misfortunes
    Experience carried Wake Forest to a win it needed Tuesday, in a game it likely would have lost last season.
    Chat wrap: Mark Vershaw
    Wisconsin's senior forward talked about the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday.
    Chat wrap: Damien Wilkins
    The N.C. State forward talked about the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and the 2000-01 season.
    ACC-Big Ten Challenge Pick 'em

    Terps tire of teasing
    Maryland is determined to put its talent to full use this season, writes ESPN's Jay Bilas.
    Can't keep a good Wake team down
    Last season's highs and lows prepared Wake Forest for anything this season, writes ESPN's Jay Bilas.
    Reality check at State
    The perception is North Carolina State is a struggling basketball program under Herb Sendek.
    Illini quickly buy into Self-help program for success
    Bill Self's arrival at Illinois might make him the impact newcomer in the Big Ten, writes's Andy Katz.
    Champaign dreams? Hype, high expectations surround Illini
    The Illini will put championship talent on the court. It's up to a new coach to turn that talent into a title.
    Coach K has that special feeling again
    Excuse Mike Krzyzewski for feeling much the same way as previous seasons -- championship seasons, that is.
    Bilas: Doherty a link to UNC past, but looking foward
    Matt Doherty is a link to UNC's past, but the Tar Heels' future success depends his ability to mold its current talent.
    High Five: Battier, Williams give Duke another 1-2 punch
    Duke's got another potent 1-2 punch in All-American Shane Battier and emerging star Jason Williams.
    High Five: Forte goes from shadows to UNC spotlight
    UNC sophomore guard Joseph Forte commands attention on the court, but doesn't seek it off the hardwood.

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