ESPN Announces Matchups, Dates for Second Annual SEC/ACC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Challenges

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ESPN Announces Matchups, Dates for Second Annual SEC/ACC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Challenges

The SEC/ACC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Challenges return for the 2024 college basketball season after a successful inaugural showing last year. Matchups and dates for the 2024 Challenge have been determined and are highlighted by two NCAA Men’s Final Four teams in action (Alabama, NC State) and the past two NCAA Women’s Champions in South Carolina and LSU, joined by two additional Women’s Final Four teams from the past two seasons (NC State, Virginia Tech).

The SEC/ACC Men’s Challenge will take place over back-to-back days Tuesday, Dec. 3, and Wednesday, Dec. 4, while the SEC/ACC Women’s Challenge is slated for Dec. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 5. Both the men’s and women’s events will be televised across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network and ACC Network.

The Challenge tipped off last season with 7-7 ties for both the men’s and women’s inaugural events, yet both scored viewership highs. The Men’s Challenge was up 13% over 2022’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and the top women’s game (LSU vs. Virginia Tech) became the fifth best regular season women’s game on ESPN in the last five seasons.

This year’s fields are expanded with the additions of Cal, SMU and Stanford for the ACC and Oklahoma and Texas for the SEC.

Coverage details, including platform designations and commentator information, will be announced closer to the 2024-25 college basketball season.

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Media Contacts:
Julie McKay, College Basketball [email protected], @McKay_Julie
Colin Bradley, Men’s College Basketball & ACC Network – [email protected], @CR7bradley
Katie Callahan, Women’s College Basketball & SEC Network – [email protected], @callahankatie1

Julie McKay

I joined ESPN in 2022 as a member of the communications department working on college sports. My passion for college sports came at an early age in a divided household (Big Ten Conference-divided, that is) and followed that to the University of Wisconsin-Madison (sorry, Dad). Four years in the Athletic Communications Department, along with internships with the Big Ten Conference, Big Ten Network and NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, cemented my career path. After spending some time in sports media PR in San Francisco, I’ve spent five-plus years focused in golf, with stints at the American Junior Golf Association, Augusta National and Buffalo Agency, working with the USGA, Youth on Course and Destination Kohler, among others. Despite being a proud Wisconsin native, I’ll forever betray my home state as a lifelong Chicago sports fan. My dog Rizzo knows there’s always next year and wishes his namesake would return home to the North Side.
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