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Badger Bits: Bielema talks home-and-home with Notre Dame

Rumors of a home-and-home between Wisconsin and Notre Dame seem to swirl every year, but this time it is Bret Bielema that stirred the pot -- and it wasn't just the Irish he was talking about.

In a tweet Tuesday, Bielema wrote: "Trying to lock up a home and home contest with Notre Dame or Nebraska for the future (home 2012 away 2015). Would be fun for WI fans."

It's no coincidence that Notre Dame and Nebraska are the two schools Barry Alvarez has ties to, which is why either school has appeared to be a natural non-conference opponent for years now. The sticking point in these deals with big schools always seems to be which school gets the home game first, and based on Bielema's tweet, he obviously wants the home game in 2012.

Blake Geoffrion was named Inside College Hockey's Player of the Year Wednesday. He is also one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, which will be announced Friday.

Wisconsin arrived in Detroit Tuesday for the Frozen Four, which gets underway Thursday when UW takes on RIT at 4 p.m. CT.

And if you missed it, Brian Butch has made the NBA. He will join the Denver Nuggets for the rest of the season after a very impressive stint in the NBDL.