Is Miami basketball being fairly matched in ACC-Big Ten Challenge?

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Steve Pikiell was hired from Stony Brook after Jordan was fired following the 2015-16 season. The Scarlet Knights overall record has been markedly improved under Pikiell than it was under Jordan.

Rutgers is only slightly better in the Big Ten. Rutgers is 30-36 overall, but just 6-30 in the Big Ten during his two seasons. They were 29-68 and 3-33 in Jordan’s two seasons in the Big Ten.

In the same time span as Rutgers four seasons in the Big Ten, Miami has been one of the best programs in the ACC. That includes invitations to the last three NCAA Tournaments.

Over the last four seasons, Miami basketball Head Coach Jim Larranaga has led the Hurricanes to a 95-43 overall record and 44-28 in the ACC. The Hurricanes have finished in an average place of 4.75 in the ACC over the last four seasons. They advanced to the regional semifinals of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

The programs are mismatched. It’s not equitable, nor much of a challenge for Miami to be playing Rutgers once, let alone twice in three years in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. After four consecutive seasons of finishing last in the Big Ten, the Scarlet Knights are projected to finish there again by the Michigan Insider’s Zach Shaw.