GREENSBORO, N.C. - Duke will head to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 2019 Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge. The Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 matchup was unveiled Tuesday by ESPN in the 13th consecutive season that the event pits the two perennial conferences against each other.
This year’s challenge will be played in a two-day format on Wednesday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 5.
The Blue Devils were selected as one of the five games to be played in the opening day of the event, as they join Clemson (at Iowa) and Boston College (at Northwestern) in heading to the home grounds of their Big Ten foes. Miami welcomes the Hoosiers of Indiana, while Notre Dame plays hosts to Minnesota.
Thursday’s action sees NC State (vs. Maryland), Virginia Tech (vs. Purdue), Florida State (vs. Michigan State), North Carolina (vs. Illinois) and Georgia Tech (vs. Wisconsin) welcoming their Big Ten rivals while Virginia (at Rutgers), Louisville (at Ohio State), Syracuse (at Michigan) and Pittsburgh (at Penn State) make the trip to battle on the road.
Last year, the ACC grabbed their ninth outright title with a combined 8-6 record, including a 60-53 Duke win over Wisconsin. The ACC owns an 89-61 record against the Big Ten in Challenge games.
Duke holds a 10-2 record in the challenge and is coming off a 60-53 victory over Wisconsin in season on the road. The Blue Devils played Nebraska in 2014 and dropped a 60-54 decision in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Duke has collected a 4-2 record on the road in the event.
Nebraska is coming off a 14-16 record a year ago, but returns all but one player in 2019-20 under head coach Amy Williams.
The Blue Devils will return all five starters from a year ago, including All-ACC First Team selection Haley Gorecki, All-ACC Freshman honoree Miela Goodchild, senior Leaonna Odom, junior Jade Williams and sophomore Onome Akinbode-James. Overall, Duke will return nine letterwinners along with former starting point guard Kyra Lambert, who has missed the last two seasons with a knee injury.
2019 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Minnesota at Notre Dame
Indiana at Miami
Clemson at Iowa
Boston College at Northwestern
Duke at Nebraska
Thursday, Dec. 5
Maryland at NC State
Purdue at Virginia Tech
Pittsburgh at Penn State
Syracuse at Michigan
Louisville at Ohio State
Michigan State at Florida State
Illinois at North Carolina
Wisconsin at Georgia Tech
Virginia at Rutgers