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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s basketball team will host Indiana on Thursday, Dec. 1, at John Paul Jones Arena in the 2011 Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The conferences made the announcement on Thursday (May 19).

The game will mark the third meeting between Virginia and Indiana. The Cavaliers lead the all-time series, 2-0, claiming their last victory during the 2009-10 season.

The Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge previously matched 11 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. However, after last year’s Big Ten expansion to include Nebraska, all 12 teams from each conference will participate in the early season challenge.

The ACC and Big Ten conference offices determine the schedule each season, and match-ups 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 2011 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 has won all four previous Challenge titles. Virginia has a 3-1 record all-time in the Challenge, as the Cavaliers defeated Wisconsin (2007), Illinois (2008) and Purdue (2009) before falling at Ohio State in 2010.

The Hoosiers hold a 2-2 all-time mark in Challenge games, defeating Miami (2008) and Clemson (2010) and falling to Florida State (2007 and 2009).

The last meeting between Indiana and Virginia was on Nov. 26, 2009 – an 84-79 victory for the Cavaliers at the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. Prior to that meeting, the programs had not met since Dec. 27, 1980 – a 58-56 UVa victory at a tournament in Flushing, N.Y.

Game times, as well as television and broadband coverage, will be announced at a later date.

2011 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 30
Boston College at Wisconsin
Nebraska at Georgia Tech
Michigan at Maryland
Florida State at Ohio State
North Carolina at Penn State
NC State at Northwestern
Virginia Tech at Iowa

Thursday, Dec. 1
Illinois at Clemson
Purdue at Duke
Miami at Michigan State
Indiana at Virginia
Minnesota at Wake Forest

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