May 16, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - For the second time in three years, the Purdue women's basketball team will travel to Durham, N.C., to face the Duke Blue Devils in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
In a joint release from the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast conference offices on Thursday, the dates and matchups for the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge were revealed.
The Boilermakers will play in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Thursday, Dec. 5. It will be the second time the teams have met in the Challenge and the ninth meeting overall between Purdue and Duke. The Blue Devils hold a 5-3 series advantage over the Boilermakers, including victories in the last four matchups. Purdue last defeated Duke, 62-45 to win the NCAA title on March 28, 1999, in San Jose, Calif. In the 2011 Challenge, the seventh-ranked Blue Devils downed the 13th-ranked Boilermakers 64-53 in Durham.
Challenge games will be contested in a two-day format, beginning Wednesday, Dec. 4. Indiana and Penn State will host games on the first day, while Illinois and Michigan State will be on the road. On Dec. 5, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin will host ACC foes, while Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Purdue visit their inter-conference opponents. This year's challenge will mark the seventh year of the event that has been extended to 2016.
The Big Ten office also released the single-plays for the 2013-14 season. Purdue will see Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin only once next year, while facing Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern Ohio State and Penn State both home and away. Of the single-plays, the Boilermakers will travel to Illinois, Michigan State and Minnesota and play host to Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin. The Badgers also were a single-play for Purdue last year, in Madison.
A year ago, Big Ten teams combined for a 5-7 mark against its ACC counterparts. In the past two seasons, the two conferences have squared off in head-to-head competition on 37 total occasions with the Big Ten holding a 19-18 advantage.
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 2013 event will be referred to as the Big Ten/ACC 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 sixth time in conference history, the Big Ten had at least six teams selected to the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship in 2013, and Big Ten teams have appeared in the NCAA Sweet 16 in 27 of the last 29 years.
Last season, the ACC was represented by six overall postseason squads, including five teams in the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. The five teams in the tournament marked the 19th consecutive season at least four ACC teams have been selected to the field.
The No. 21/20 Boilermakers finished the 2012-13 season with a 25-9 record that included a second-consecutive Big Ten Tournament championship, the fourth in seven years for head coach Sharon Versyp, and a conference record ninth for Purdue.
The Blue Devils finished with a 33-3 record last season, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Under the direction of the 2013 ACC Coach of the Year Joanne P. McCallie, Duke collected its fourth-straight ACC regular season title and the second straight outright title with a 17-1 conference mark.
Purdue is looking for its second win in the Challenge. The Boilermakers defeated Georgia Tech last year, 85-73 in Mackey Arena. In addition to facing Duke in 2011, Purdue has played at North Carolina and Virginia, while also playing host to Maryland twice in the previous six Challenges.
Game times, as well as television and broadband coverage, will be announced at a later date. For more information about the Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge, including a complete schedule, log on to bigten.org.