Georgia Tech to Host Purdue in 2017 Big Ten/ACC Challenge

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech will host Purdue in the 2017 Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday, Nov. 30 in McCamish Pavilion. The ACC in conjunction with the Big Ten Conference announced the full lineup of matchups for the 11th annual Challenge on Wednesday. The 14 games will take place Nov. 29 and 30.

“We are excited about the opportunity to host Purdue in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge,” commented head coach MaChelle Joseph. “Purdue is a great matchup for us and we look forward to competing against another team that was in the NCAA Tournament last season.”

Tech is 6-4 all-time in the Challenge, including a 4-1 record at home with the only loss coming last season to Michigan. The Jackets have recorded wins against Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Michigan State and Iowa.

The ACC owns seven Challenge titles and a 71-51 overall mark in Challenge games since its inception in 2007. The ACC has won at least six games in every Challenge.

The Jackets and Boilermakers will meet for the third time in program history and second time in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The teams squared off in 2012 in West Lafayette, Ind., in the first Challenge meeting with the Boilermakers taking the decision 85-73. The only other meeting between the programs came in the 2007 NCAA Tournament with Purdue defeating Tech in the second round 76-63 in Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

The matchup will have a unique flavor for the Yellow Jackets’ head coach as Joseph is a 1992 graduate from Purdue, where she was the Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten-Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year and a 1992 KODAK First Team All-American her final season. She graduated from Purdue as the school and conference’s all-time leading scorer and as the only player in Big Ten history to rank in the top 10 in points and assists. Joseph was inducted into the Purdue Sports Hall of Fame in September 2010 and was named one of 12 “Legends of Mackey” in January 2012.

Georgia Tech returns nine letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 22-15 overall and reached the WNIT Championship game. Purdue finished last season with a 23-13 overall record and reached the NCAA Second Round, falling to second-ranked Notre Dame in overtime.

2017 BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Notre Dame at Michigan
Wisconsin at Pittsburgh
Florida State at Iowa
Maryland at Virginia
Minnesota at North Carolina

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Wake Forest at Penn State
Purdue at Georgia Tech
Northwestern at Syracuse
Louisville at Indiana
Virginia Tech at Illinois
Michigan State at Miami
Ohio State at Duke
Clemson at Nebraska
NC State at Rutgers

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