GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John D. Swofford announced today the composite schedule for the upcoming 2009-10 ACC Women's Basketball season.
Highlights of the upcoming basketball schedule include:
40 televised games, making up 78 television appearances, including a CBS telecast of North Carolina at defending national champion Connecticut on Jan. 9 to open the 2009-10 television package..
Six ESPN2 games, highlighted by Maryland at Virginia on Jan. 11, Connecticut at Duke on Jan. 18, Miami at NC State on Feb. 14 for "Pink Frenzy" and Florida State at Maryland on Feb. 28.
Five additional nationally televised games on Fox Sports Net and affiliates, including a rematch of the 2009 ACC overtime championship game and the 2006 NCAA national title game between Duke and Maryland on Jan. 24 and the classic in-state rivalry of Duke at North Carolina on Sunday, Feb. 28, which will conclude the 2009-10 regular season.
28 conference match-ups on the league's regional sports networks, which include Comcast SportsNet, Fox Sports Net South, Fox Sports Net Florida, and New England Sports Network. The regional sports networks reach approximately 24 million households.
Seven games of the 2010 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament to be held March 4-7 at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum - four on the league's regional sports networks and three nationally on Fox Sports Net and affiliates. FSN will broadcast the ACC Tournament semifinal games and the 2010 ACC Championship game.
A nationally televised hour-long preview show on Fox Sports Net and affiliates with a time and date yet to be determined.
The 2009-10 women's basketball season tips off on Friday, Nov. 13 with season opener action including Georgia Tech hosting Winthrop in the first round of the Preseason Women's NIT. Last year saw the Tar Heels win the school's first-ever WNIT preseason crown with an 80-79 escape at then-ranked No. 2 Oklahoma.
This season will feature the third annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which matches 11 teams from each conference in head-to-head competition traditionally on the first Wednesday and Thursday after Thanksgiving, following the men's ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The 2009 Challenge will open on Dec. 2, as Wake Forest hosts Illinois, Iowa welcomes Boston College, and Georgia Tech takes on Penn State.
The ACC's league schedule is set to begin on Wednesday, Jan. 6, with Georgia Tech traveling to North Carolina.