May 14, 2007
The inaugural Big Ten/ACC Challenge will feature games outside the traditional timeframe as the first contest of the Challenge will feature
"The Atlantic Coast Conference is pleased to be part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for women's basketball," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "To be able to showcase our women's basketball teams in premier competition with the Big Ten Conference in a great event like this will create excitement and enthusiasm with our participating teams and their fans."
"The Big Ten Conference and its institutions are thrilled of the formation of this great event and the Big Ten/ACC Challenge will provide a wonderful stage on which these two traditionally dominant women's basketball conferences will compete," said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. "The Big Ten and the ACC boast some of the most passionate women's basketball fans in the country and we feel this Challenge will not only strengthen our teams, but our loyal fan base as well."
The Big Ten and ACC conference offices will coordinate the 11-game schedule each season and matchups may repeat from year-to-year in efforts to coordinate similar opponents. The ACC will select its top 11 teams from the previous season from its 12-team membership. In addition, the official title of the Challenge will rotate each year beginning with the Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge in 2007. The 2008 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.
Game times, as well as television and broadband coverage, will be announced at a later date.
The Big Ten and ACC have long been among the dominant conferences on the women's basketball scene. This past season, North Carolina advanced to the national semifinals giving the ACC back-to-back Final Four appearances for the third time in league history, just as the Big Ten had in 2003-04 and 2004-05. In 2005-06, the ACC became the first conference to send three teams - Duke,
Wake Forest at Northwestern
Georgia Tech at
FUTURE CHALLENGE NAMES & DATES:
2008: ACC/Big Ten Challenge - Dec. 3, 4, 5
2009: Big Ten/ACC Challenge - Dec. 2, 3, 4
2010: ACC/Big Ten Challenge - Dec. 1, 2, 3
ALREADY A CHALLENGE
Since the 1999-00 season, the Big Ten and ACC have squared off in head-to-head competition on 57 occasions, with the ACC holding a slight 29-28 advantage.
The 2007 Big Ten/ACC Challenge will feature nine contests in which the two opponents have previously met. In the all-time series between the two teams, the ACC holds a 13-9 advantage, which includes Duke's 4-0 record over
Last Meeting: Northwestern, 89-73, 12/4/93
Last Meeting: Clemson, 75-64, 12/18/89
Last Meeting: No.
Last Meeting: Duke, 70-42, 11/21/06
Two of the Challenge contests will feature a pair of teams that have never faced one another. Georgia Tech travels to