Sept. 2, 2008
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced today the composite schedule for the upcoming 2008-09 ACC Women's Basketball season.
Highlights of the upcoming basketball schedule include:
- 41 televised games, making up 78 television appearances, including Duke welcoming Stanford, which made its third national title game appearance last year, on Tuesday, Dec. 16, on ESPN to open the 2008-09 television package.
- Seven ESPN2 games, highlighted by Connecticut at North Carolina on Jan. 19, Rutgers at Maryland on Feb. 15 and Duke at Tennessee on Feb. 16.
- Five additional nationally televised games on Fox Sports Net and affiliates, including a rematch of the 2006 NCAA National Championship game between Duke at Maryland on Feb. 22 and the classic in-state rivalry of North Carolina at Duke on Sunday, March 1, which will conclude the regular season.
- 30 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 2009 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament to be held March 5-8 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 2009 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 2008-09 women's basketball season tips off on Friday, Nov. 14 with season opener action including North Carolina hosting Western Carolina in the first round of the Preseason Women's NIT.
This season will feature the second annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, which matches 11 teams from each conference in head-to-head competition traditionally on the first Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after Thanksgiving, following the men's ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The 2008 challenge will open on Dec. 3, as Georgia Tech hosts Michigan State, Ohio State welcomes North Carolina, and Florida State takes on Penn State.
The ACC's league schedule is set to begin on Monday, Jan. 5, with Clemson traveling south to face Miami.