Carolina To Host Nebraska In Challenge

Carolina To Host Nebraska In Challenge

GREENSBORO, N.C --- The Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten announced on Thursday the matchups for the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge, and North Carolina will host Nebraska at Carmichael Arena on Dec. 5. This year's challenge will mark the seventh year of the event that has been extended to 2016.

Carolina is 4-2 in the current incarnation of the event after a thrilling 57-54 victory over No. 15 Ohio State last season in Chapel Hill. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt had steals that led to layups on consecutive possessions to secure the win late in regulation.

The 2013 home game against Nebraska will mark UNC's fourth home contest in the event, and the Tar Heels are 3-0 in Chapel Hill with wins over OSU in 2012, Iowa in 2010 and Purdue in 2007. Carolina has only faced the Huskers once in women's basketball, an 81-75 loss in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Dec. 20, 1995.

Carolina will return starters Brittany Rountree and Xylina McDaniel from last year's squad that finished 29-7, finished second in the ACC and earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Bridgeport Region. In addition to welcoming back key reserves Latifah Coleman, Megan Buckland and Danielle Butts, the Tar Heels will also feature the nation's top-rated freshman class led by State Farm/WBCA and Naismith National Player of the Year Diamond DeShields.

Nebraska is also coming off a successful 2012-13 campaign that saw the Huskers advance to the NCAA regional semifinals for the second time in four seasons. 

Challenge games will be contested in a two-day format, beginning Wednesday, Dec. 4. Georgia Tech and Florida State will host games on the first day, while Notre Dame and Virginia Tech will be on the road. On Dec. 5, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia will host Big Ten foes, and NC State, Boston College, Syracuse and Miami visit their inter-conference foes.

A year ago, ACC teams combined for a 7-5 mark against its Big Ten counterparts to win its fifth Challenge title. The ACC owns a 41-27 edge over the Big Ten in the Challenge.

Wednesday, December 4
Notre Dame at Penn State
Illinois at Georgia Tech
Virginia Tech at Indiana
Michigan State at Florida State

Thursday, December 5
NC State at Northwestern
Boston College at Wisconsin
Syracuse at Iowa
Purdue at Duke
Ohio State at Maryland
Nebraska at North Carolina
Michigan at Virginia
Miami at Minnesota

ACC (41-27)
Boston College: 2-3
Clemson: 2-4
Duke: 5-1
Florida State: 4-2
Georgia Tech: 5-1
Maryland: 6-0
Miami: 2-2
North Carolina: 4-2
NC State: 2-4
Virginia: 5-1
Virginia Tech: 2-4
Wake Forest: 2-3

Big Ten (27-41)
Illinois: 3-3
Indiana: 3-3
Iowa: 1-5
Michigan: 4-2
Michigan State: 4-2
Minnesota: 2-4
Nebraska: 0-2
Northwestern: 2-4
Ohio State: 2-4
Penn State: 2-4
Purdue: 1-5
Wisconsin: 3-3

North Carolina 57, Ohio State 54
Florida State 83, Iowa 69
Virginia Tech 47, Wisconsin 38
Duke 71, Michigan 54
Maryland 90, Nebraska 71
Purdue 85, Georgia Tech 73
Indiana 52, Clemson 49
Northwestern 67, Boston College 63
Miami 69, Penn State 65
Michigan State 68, NC State 51
Virginia 90, Minnesota 68
Illinois 95, Wake Forest 82