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

Head coach Kevin Borseth looks the keep the Wolverines undefeated in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge when they host Wake Forest on Dec. 1.

Head coach Kevin Borseth looks the keep the Wolverines undefeated in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge when they host Wake Forest on Dec. 1.

May 24, 2010

 

PARK RIDGE, ILL. – The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten Conference announced on Monday the pairings for the annual ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge, which is in its fourth year of what began as a four-year agreement and has been extended until 2012.

The 2010 Challenge will take on a two-day format again this year and is slated to open on Wednesday, Dec. 1, as Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota host ACC opponents, and Michigan State and Northwestern go on the road for their Challenge contests. On Thursday, Dec. 2, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin will host Challenge games, while Indiana, Iowa and Penn State will be on the road.

The ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge matches 11 teams from each conference in head-to-head competition traditionally on the first Wednesday and Thursday after Thanksgiving, following the ACC/Big Ten Men’s Basketball Challenge. Last year, the ACC won seven of the 11 Big Ten/ACC Challenge games. In 2008, the ACC also won, 7-4, while the inaugural Challenge in 2007 saw the ACC win by a margin of 8-3.

The ACC and the Big Ten conference offices determine the 11-game schedule each season, and matchups may repeat from year-to-year in efforts to coordinate similar opponents and reach competitive equity. Each of the Big Ten’s 11 institutions will participate, while the ACC will select 11 teams from its 12-team membership.

In addition, the official title of the Challenge will rotate each year. The 2010 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.

In the previous three Challenges, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Virginia remain undefeated for the ACC, while Michigan boasts the only unbeaten record among the Big Ten squads.

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 six teams in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, making it the eighth-straight year the league has had at least six in the Big Dance. Duke and Florida State advanced to the NCAA Regional Finals, giving the ACC at least one team in the Elite Eight for the ninth consecutive year. Overall, the ACC has made 14 Final Four appearances, including four in the past five years.


 

 

The Big Ten tied a conference record in 2010, sending nine teams into postseason play. Four Big Ten teams – Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin – earned bids to the NCAA Championship, while five – Illinois, Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue – participated in the Postseason WNIT. Historically, the conference has sent at least one team to the NCAA’s Sweet 16 in 24 of the last 26 years and has had at least one squad participate in five of the last 12 Final Fours, owning eight overall appearances.

Since the 1999-2000 season, the two conferences have squared off in head-to-head competition on 99 occasions with the ACC holding a 57-42 advantage. Last season, the ACC boasted a 9-5 record over Big Ten teams, including a meeting between Miami and Michigan in the Postseason WNIT semifinals, which the Hurricanes won, 76-59.

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 www.bigten.org.

2010 CHALLENGE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, December 1
Wake Forest at Michigan
Michigan State at Florida State
Northwestern at Georgia Tech
NC State at Illinois

Thursday, December 2
Duke at Wisconsin
Iowa at North Carolina
Penn State at Boston College
Virginia at Ohio State
Maryland at Purdue
Indiana at Clemson
Virginia Tech at Minnesota

FUTURE CHALLENGE NAMES & DATES
2011: Big Ten/ACC Challenge – Nov. 30, Dec. 1
2012: ACC/Big Ten Challenge – Nov. 28, 29

SERIES RECORDS
Penn State leads Boston College, 1-0 (Last Meeting: Penn State, 85-43, 12-29-84, State College, Pa.)
Clemson leads Indiana, 1-0 (Last Meeting: Clemson, 77-58, 12-20-79, Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Duke leads Wisconsin, 1-0 (Last Meeting: Duke, 86-66, 11-27-87, Durham, N.C.)
Georgia Tech leads Northwestern, 2-1 (Last Meeting: Georgia Tech, 55-46, 11-21-07, Atlanta, Ga.)
Michigan State leads Florida State, 1-0 (Last Meeting: Michigan State, 82-69, 12-21-94, San Juan, PR)
Iowa leads North Carolina, 2-0 (Last Meeting: Iowa, 73-64, 12-21-95, Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
Virginia Tech and Minnesota: Series tied 1-1 (Last Meeting: Virginia Tech, 68-62, 11-30-07, Blacksburg, Va.)
NC State leads Illinois, 1-0 (Last Meeting: NC State, 61-47, Raleigh, N.C.)
Ohio State leads Virginia, 5-1 (Last Meeting: Ohio State, 73-60, 12-18-02, Columbus, Ohio)
Maryland leads Purdue, 3-1 (Last Meeting: Maryland, 70-59, 12-4-08, West Lafayette, Ind.)

FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Only one of this year’s Challenge contests will feature a pair of teams that have never faced one another. Wake Forest takes on first-time opponents for the second consecutive year in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

ALREADY A CHALLENGE
Since the 2000 season, the two conferences have squared off in head-to-head competition on 99 occasions with the ACC holding a 57-42 advantage. Last season, the ACC boasted a 9-5 record over Big Ten teams, including a 76-59 Miami victory over Michigan to advance the Hurricanes to the championship round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).

COMMON CHALLENGERS
The 2010 Challenge will feature 10 contests in which the two opponents have previously met. Among those all-time series, the Big Ten holds a 12-9 advantage, while only two games between the match-ups have occurred since 2003.

UNDEFEATED IN CHALLENGES
In the previous three Challenges, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Virginia remain undefeated for the ACC, while Michigan boasts the only unbeaten record among the Big Ten squads.

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