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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia Tech will host Wisconsin in the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Cassell Coliseum. Game time will be announced at a later date.

Virginia Tech concluded the 2011-12 season with a 7-23 record, while Wisconsin was 9-20. The all-time series is tied at 1-1 with the Badgers claiming the most recent win in 2008 with a 61-52 decision in Madison, Wis. as part of the Challenge. Tech’s win against the Badgers came in 1998 during the opening round of the NCAA Tournament when the Hokies defeated the Badgers, 75-64.

The Hokies are 1-4 in the Challenge, having defeated Minnesota 68-62 in 2007 at Cassell Coliseum. Last season, Tech fell at Iowa, 58-47.

Wisconsin is coached by former Virginia Tech assistant, Bobbie Kelsey (2004-07). The 2012-13 campaign will be her second season at the helm of the Badgers’ program.

The 2012 Challenge will feature a two-day format again this year and is slated to open on Wednesday, Nov. 28, as North Carolina, Florida State, Boston College, and Virginia Tech host Big Ten foes, and Duke, Maryland, Georgia Tech, and Clemson travel to perform in front of nonconference crowds. Miami, NC State, Virginia, and Wake Forest are in action on Thursday, Nov. 29, the second day of the Challenge.

The ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge matches teams from each conference in head-to-head competition, traditionally on the first Wednesday and Thursday after Thanksgiving following the Big Ten/ACC Men’s Basketball Challenge.

The ACC won the first four Challenge titles, while in 2011 the two conferences each won six games for the first tie in Challenge history. The inaugural Challenge in 2007 saw the ACC collect its all-time high of eight victories.

The ACC and Big Ten conference offices determine the schedule each season, and matchups may repeat from year-to-year in efforts to coordinate similar opponents and reach competitive equity. 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.

Through five Challenges, Georgia Tech and Maryland remain the only undefeated teams for either conference.

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 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, including four in the past seven years.

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.

Since the 1999-2000 season, the two conferences have gone head-to-head in all competitions on 131 occasions with the ACC holding a 71-60 advantage. Last season, the Big Ten compiled a 9-7 record over ACC teams.

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 theACC.com.

2012 CHALLENGE SCHEDULE (times are to be determined)

Wednesday, November 28
Ohio State at North Carolina
Iowa at Florida State
Wisconsin at Virginia Tech
Duke at Michigan
Maryland at Nebraska
Georgia Tech at Purdue
Clemson at Indiana
Northwestern at Boston College

Thursday, November 29
Penn State at Miami
Michigan State at NC State
Virginia at Minnesota
Wake Forest at Illinois

For updates on Virginia Tech women's basketball, follow the Hokies on Twitter (@VT_WBBall).

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