Entering the 2014 season, much will be expected from the Wisconsin Badgers. Coming off their first Final 4 appearance since 2000; and returning all major contributing players, with the exception of G Ben Brust, media outlets such as ESPN have ranked the Badgers in the top 5 of their rankings for the upcoming season. However, the non-conference schedule will most certainly not be doing the Badgers any favors. Wisconsin plays in arguably the most difficult preseason tournament, the Battle 4 Atlantis. The tournament will consist of many teams expected to be contenders for next season. The participants include:
After this grueling tournament Thanksgiving Week, the Badgers will return to Madison, but won't get much of a chance to relax. On December 3rd, another Top 5 caliber team will storm into the Kohl Center: Duke. Back in 2009, when Wisconsin last met Duke, Wisconsin won the game, and Badger fans everywhere still can remember the crowd storming the court.
This matchup is one of the most anticipated games of the season, and another tough test for Wisconsin.
Other non-conference match ups have not yet been announced, but it is also safe to assume that Wisconsin will play in state foe Marquette.
Lastly, once the schedule gets into Big Ten conference play, every game is a tough one. Arguably the hardest conference in the country, every team in the conference has the capability to beat the best teams, and this causes for a lot of so called "beating up on each other."
Whichever it is evaluated, it is clear the Wisconsin will have another year of a tough schedule, presenting challenges but also opportunities for the team. Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker, and company will have a more matured Nigel HayesandBronson Koenig, and this schedule is challenging, but not out of the teams ability.
***As more of the upcoming 2014-2015 schedule is announced, this page will be updated.***