Matchups for Sixth Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Announced
May 22, 2012
The Big Ten and Atlantic Coast conferences 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.
Challenge games will be contested in a two-day format, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 28. Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue and Indiana will host games on the first day, while Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin will be on the road. On Nov. 29, Illinois and Minnesota will host ACC foes, while Michigan State and Penn State visit their inter-conference opponents.
A year ago, the Big Ten and ACC battled to a 6-6 draw, the first tie in the Challenge's history, while the Big Ten boasted a 9-7 record over ACC teams in all games played.
The ACC and Big Ten conference offices determine the schedule each season. 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.
The ACC and the Big Ten have long been among the most dominant conferences on the women's basketball scene. 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.
Last 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.
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 bigten.org.
2012 CHALLENGE SCHEDULE
Thursday, November 29
Big Ten (22-34)
2011 CHALLENGE RESULTS (ACC 6, BIG TEN 6)
2010 CHALLENGE RESULTS (ACC 6, BIG TEN 5)
2009 CHALLENGE RESULTS (ACC 7, BIG TEN 4)
2008 CHALLENGE RESULTS (ACC 7, BIG TEN 4)
2007 CHALLENGE RESULTS (ACC 8, BIG TEN 3)