ACC and Big Ten Announce Matchups for Sixth Annual Women's Basketball Challenge

May 22, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. (#ACCB1G) – The Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten announced on Tuesday the matchups for the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge. This year’s challenge will mark the sixth year of an event that has been extended to 2016.

The 2012 Challenge will feature a two-day format again this year and is slated to open on Wednesday, Nov. 28, as North Carolina, Florida State, Boston College, and Virginia Tech host Big Ten foes, and Duke, Maryland, Georgia Tech, and Clemson travel to perform in front of nonconference crowds. Miami, NC State, Virginia, and Wake Forest are in action on Thursday, Nov. 29, the second day of the Challenge.

The ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge matches teams from each conference in head-to-head competition, traditionally on the first Wednesday and Thursday after Thanksgiving following the Big Ten/ACC Men’s Basketball Challenge.

The ACC won the first four Challenge titles, while in 2011 the two conferences each won six games for the first tie in Challenge history. The inaugural Challenge in 2007 saw the ACC collect its all-time high of eight victories.

The ACC and Big Ten conference offices determine the schedule each season, and matchups may repeat from year-to-year in efforts to coordinate similar opponents and reach competitive equity. In addition, the official title of the Challenge will rotate each year. The 2012 event will be referred to as the ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge and will continue to mirror the official title of the two conferences’ Challenge agreement for men’s basketball.

Through five Challenges, Georgia Tech and Maryland remain the only undefeated teams for either conference.

The ACC and the Big Ten have long been among the most dominant conferences on the women’s basketball scene. This past season, the ACC was represented by seven overall postseason squads, including four teams in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship that were tabbed as top-four seeds. Overall, the ACC has made 14 Final Four appearances, including four in the past seven years.

For the first time in league history, the Big Ten had seven conference teams selected to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship in 2012. Historically, the Big Ten has sent at least one team to the NCAA’s Sweet 16 in 26 of the last 28 years and has sent eight teams to the Final Four.

Since the 1999-2000 season, the two conferences have gone head-to-head in all competitions on 131 occasions with the ACC holding a 71-60 advantage. Last season, the Big Ten compiled a 9-7 record over ACC teams.

Game times, as well as television and broadband coverage, will be announced at a later date. For more information about the ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge, including a complete schedule, log on to theACC.com.

2012 #ACCB1G CHALLENGE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, November 28

Ohio State at North Carolina
Iowa at Florida State
Wisconsin at Virginia Tech
Duke at Michigan
Maryland at Nebraska
Georgia Tech at Purdue
Clemson at Indiana
Northwestern at Boston College

Thursday, November 29
Penn State at Miami
Michigan State at NC State
Virginia at Minnesota
Wake Forest at Illinois

CHALLENGE HISTORY

ACC (34-22)
Boston College: 2-2
Clemson: 2-3
Duke: 4-1
Florida State: 3-2
Georgia Tech: 5-0
Maryland: 5-0
Miami: 1-2
North Carolina: 3-2
NC State: 2-3
Virginia: 4-1
Virginia Tech: 1-4
Wake Forest: 2-2

Big Ten (22-34)
Illinois: 2-3
Indiana: 2-3
Iowa: 1-4
Michigan: 4-1
Michigan State: 3-2
Minnesota: 2-3
Nebraska: 0-1
Northwestern: 1-4
Ohio State: 2-3
Penn State: 2-3
Purdue: 0-5
Wisconsin: 3-2

2011 CHALLENGE RESULTS (ACC 6, BIG TEN 6)
November 30
Iowa 58, Virginia Tech 47
Maryland 74, Michigan 65
Georgia Tech 73, Nebraska 57
Northwestern 76, NC State 59
Ohio State 78, Florida State 75 (OT)
Penn State 103, North Carolina 84
Wisconsin 58, Boston College 50
December 1
Illinois 61, Clemson 50
Virginia 65, Indiana 49
Miami 76, Michigan State 60
Wake Forest 82, Minnesota 65
Duke 64, Purdue 53

2010 CHALLENGE RESULTS (ACC 6, BIG TEN 5)
December 1
Michigan 91, Wake Forest 58
Michigan State 72, Florida State 64
Georgia Tech 67, Northwestern 63
NC State 73, Illinois 57
December 2
Maryland 56, Purdue 55
Ohio State 74, Virginia 46
North Carolina 79, Iowa 67
Boston College 113, Penn State 104 (OT)
Indiana 65, Clemson 51
Minnesota 63, Virginia Tech 58
Duke 59, Wisconsin 51

2009 CHALLENGE RESULTS (ACC 7, BIG TEN 4)
December 2
Georgia Tech 64, Penn State 60
Illinois 65, Wake Forest 50
Boston College 72, Iowa 67
December 3
Florida State 82, Indiana 74
Duke 83, Ohio State 67
Maryland 66, Minnesota 45
Wisconsin 53, NC State 48
Virginia 56, Purdue 49
Michigan 71, Virginia Tech 51
Clemson 69, Northwestern 68
Michigan State 72, North Carolina 66

2008 CHALLENGE RESULTS (ACC 7, BIG TEN 4)
December 3
Georgia Tech 70, Michigan State 57
Florida State 73, Penn State 60
North Carolina 72, Ohio State 63
December 4
Maryland 70, Purdue 59
Duke 71, Iowa 47
Clemson 78, Northwestern 75 (OT)
Minnesota 80, Boston College 60
Wisconsin 61, Virginia Tech 52
December 5
Michigan 63, NC State 52
Indiana 69, Miami 54

2007 CHALLENGE RESULTS (ACC 8, BIG TEN 3)
November 19
Michigan 65, Miami 50
November 28
Georgia Tech 76, Iowa 57
Wake Forest 60, Northwestern 45
November 29
North Carolina 90, Purdue 72
NC State 61, Illinois 47
Michigan State 68, Clemson 51
Florida State 85, Indiana 78
November 30
Maryland 77, Ohio State 53
Virginia Tech 68, Minnesota 62
Virginia 84, Wisconsin 60
December 2
Penn State 86, Duke 84