Posted-August 30th, 2012 5:23 pm
MADISON, Wis. – The Big Ten Conference announced the complete 2012-13 league schedule on Thursday, including the 18 Big Ten dates for the Badgers. Wisconsin will open and close the conference slate against Penn State, beginning on Jan. 3 at the Kohl Center.
UW will have home-and-home series with seven of the 11 other Big Ten teams, facing Michigan and Purdue only at the Kohl Center and Indiana and Northwestern on the road.
The season culminates March 14-17 with the 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament at the United Center in Chicago.
A limited number of Wisconsin men’s basketball season tickets are available for the 2012-13 season. These season tickets will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. at UWBadgers.com or by calling the Wisconsin Athletic Ticket Office at 1.800 GO BADGERS. For additional details, click here.
Since Bo Ryan took over as head coach at Wisconsin, the Badgers own the best conference record in the Big Ten, going 132-54 (.710) over the last 11 seasons. Ryan’s .710 win percentage in Big Ten play is the highest mark in conference history among coaches with at least 10 years of experience.
Wisconsin has finished among the top four in the Big Ten for each of Bo Ryan’s 11 seasons in Madison. That streak of 11-straight top-four finishes is the Big Ten’s longest in 80 years and the second-longest of all-time. The Badgers have won 10 or more conference games in 10 of the last 11 seasons.
2013 Big Ten Schedule Notes
Jan. 3 vs. Penn State (Kohl Center) and March 10 at Penn State (Bryce-Jordan Center)
UW will be going for a win in its 10th-consecutive Big Ten opener … UW has won 15 straight home games vs. Penn State … the Nittany Lions have never won in the Kohl Center … the Badgers have won 15 of the last 17 meetings overall with PSU, including a season sweep last season.
Jan. 6 at Nebraska (Devaney Center) and Feb. 26 vs. Nebraska (Kohl Center)
The Badgers opened the 2011-12 season with a 64-40 win at Nebraska in the Huskers’ first-ever Big Ten game … last season’s trip to Lincoln, Neb. was the Badgers’ first since 1991 … UW swept last season’s series with 50-45 win at the Kohl Center.
Jan. 12 vs. Illinois (Kohl Center) and Feb. 3 at Illinois (Assembly Hall)
UW swept the season series with Illinois last season for the first time since 2008 … Illinois is the only Big Ten team with more than two wins (three) at the Kohl Center during the Bo Ryan era.
Jan. 15 at Indiana (Assembly Hall)
The Badgers have won 10 consecutive games against Indiana, the school’s longest win streak against the Hoosiers since 1912-19 … UW’s win streak includes four straight wins at Assembly Hall … Wisconsin faces Indiana just once in 2013
Jan. 19 at Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena) and Feb. 6 vs. Iowa (Kohl Center)
Iowa won both meetings with Wisconsin a year ago, sweeping the season series for the first time since 1995 … UW had won 13 of the previous 15 meetings prior to last season … Iowa leads the all-time series 78-77.
Jan. 22 vs. Michigan State (Kohl Center) and March 7 at Michigan State (Breslin Center)
Michigan State took both games from Wisconsin in 2011-12, including its first win in Madison since 2001 … UW is 13-8 vs. the Spartans under Bo Ryan.
Jan. 26 vs. Minnesota (Kohl Center) and Feb. 14 at Minnesota (Williams Arena)
Wisconsin and Minnesota will meet for the 190th and 191st times … UW won both games against the Gophers last season, including its first win at Williams Arena since 2008.
Jan. 29 at Ohio State (Value City Arena) and Feb. 17 vs. Ohio State (Kohl Center)
UW won in Columbus last season, 63-60, the Badgers’ first win at OSU since 2008 … the Buckeyes claimed their first victory in Madison since 2000, snapping a string of nine straight UW wins
Feb. 9 vs. Michigan (Kohl Center)
Michigan won the only 2011-12 meeting with Wisconsin, 59-41, in Ann Arbor … that Michigan win snapped the Badgers’ 10-game win streak in the series … UW has won 10 straight home games vs. the Wolverines dating back to 1999 … UW faces Michigan just once in 2013.
Feb. 20 at Northwestern (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
UW won the only meeting in 2012, 77-57, at the Kohl Center … the Badgers have won in each of their last two trips to Evanston and five straight games overall in the series … Wisconsin faces Northwestern just once in 2013
March 2-3 vs. Purdue (Kohl Center) –
Purdue (9-8) is the only Big Ten team to own a winning record against Bo Ryan-led UW teams … UW won in the only matchup last season, 67-62, at Purdue, ending a five-game losing streak at Mackey Arena and snapping Purdue's 26-game home winning streak … Wisconsin faces Purdue just once in 2013