Sept. 13, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) -- Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John D. Swofford announced today the composite schedule for the upcoming 2011-12 ACC Women's Basketball season.
Highlights of the upcoming basketball schedule include:
- 52 televised games, making up 98 television appearances - the most in both categories since the inception of ACC women's basketball.
- Twenty-three (23) ESPN network games, including nine on ESPN2 - highlighted by a rematch of the 2011 ACC Championship game between North Carolina and Duke on Monday, Feb. 6 and the doubleheader of Miami at Maryland and Wake Forest at NC State on Sunday, Feb. 12 as part of the network's "Play 4Kay" campaign. All ESPN2 games will also be available on ESPN3.
- ESPNU will showcase seven contests, including Miami at Florida State on Sunday, Jan. 15 and Florida State at Virginia on Sunday, Jan. 29, while ESPN3 will broadcast seven games throughout the regular season.
- Twenty-eight (28) conference match-ups on the league's regional sports network (known as RSN), inclusive of four Friday night doubleheaders beginning on Jan. 6 with Duke at Wake Forest at 6:30 p.m. and Georgia Tech at Maryland at 8:30 p.m. RSN, which consists of several regional cable syndicated networks throughout the ACC footprint, including Comcast SportsNet, Fox Sports Net South, and New England Sports Network, reaches approximately 24 million households.
- New for this season will be the broadcast of all 11 games of the 2012 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament to be held March 1-4 at the Greensboro Coliseum - the first round and quarterfinals on the regional sports network and three on ESPN networks - the 2012 ACC Tournament semifinal games (ESPNU) and the Championship game (ESPN2).
- The fifth annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which will again take on a two-day format this year and is slated to open on Wednesday, Nov. 30, as Georgia Tech and Maryland host Big Ten foes, and Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia Tech travel to perform in front of nonconference crowds. The ACC has won all four previous Challenge titles, while last year the ACC narrowly edged the competition, winning six of the 11 Challenge games.
- Year No. 2 of the "Super Six Series" Women's Basketball Challenge, which pairs two conference teams from the ACC, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, Southeastern and Pac-12 against one another. The initial year of the agreement saw the ACC and Big 12 go undefeated in the Series, which has been extended to continue through the 2013-14 season. This year Georgia Tech will travel to Marquette on Saturday, Nov. 19, and Wake Forest will welcome Kansas on Sunday, Nov. 20 in the Series Challenge.
The 2011-12 women's basketball season tips-off on Friday, Nov. 11 with season-opening action for 10 ACC teams, while league competition is slated to begin Monday, Jan. 2, with 10 of the conference's 12 programs challenging one another. Beginning this season, ACC women's basketball programs will move to a 16-game conference format from the previous 14-game slate.
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