Wisconsin's basketball schedule for the 2014-15 season was mostly pieced together by mid-August, but Thursday night brought the official release from the Big Ten. The Badgers open the regular season vs. Northern Kentucky on Nov. 14 in Madison, while Big Ten play begins New Year's Eve vs. Penn State, also at the Kohl Center.
Times and TV info are still TBA, so for now let's enjoy breaking down the slate of teams.
|2014-15 WISCONSIN MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|DATE||DATE||GAME||TIME (rest TBA)|
|SUN.||OCT. 26||RED/WHITE SCRIMMAGE||1 PM|
|WED.||NOV. 5||UW-PARKSIDE (exhibition)|
|FRI.||NOV. 14||NORTHERN KENTUCKY|
|WED.||NOV. 19||GREEN BAY|
|SAT.||NOV. 22||BOISE STATE|
|Battle 4 Atlantis - Paradise Island, The Bahamas|
|Wed.||Nov. 26||vs. UAB||6 pm|
|Thu.||Nov. 27||vs. Florida/Georgetown|
|Fri.||Nov. 28||vs. UNC/UCLA/Okla/Butler|
|WED.||DEC. 3||DUKE||8:30 PM|
|Sat.||Dec. 6||at Marquette||11:30 am|
|Wed.||Dec. 10||at Milwaukee||8 pm|
|SAT.||DEC. 13||NICHOLLS STATE|
|Mon.||Dec. 22||at Cal||8 pm|
|WED.||DEC. 31||PENN STATE|
|Sun.||Jan. 4||at Northwestern|
|Sun.||Jan. 11||at Rutgers|
|TUE.||JAN. 20||IOWA||8 PM|
|Sat.||Jan. 24||at Michigan|
|Sat.||Jan. 31||at Iowa|
|TUE.||FEB. 3||INDIANA||6 PM|
|Tue.||Feb. 10||at Nebraska||8 pm|
|Wed.||Feb. 18||at Penn State|
|Tue.||Feb. 24||at Maryland||6 pm|
|SUN.||MAR. 1||MICHIGAN STATE|
|Thu.||Mar. 5||at Minnesota|
|Sun.||Mar. 8||at Ohio State|
|Big Ten Tournament - Chicago, Ill. (United Center)|
|Wed.-Sun.||Mar. 11-15||at Big Ten Tournament|
That's five home-and-homes for Wisconsin among the Big Ten's 13 teams (Penn State, Northwestern, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota). Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State and Purdue are all home one-plays; Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State and Rutgers are away.
The newly expanded Big Ten Tournament runs March 11-15 in at the United Center in Chicago. With the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, the tournament now has two games beginning on Wednesday, the 11th, before three on the 12th and then the normal quarterfinals, semifinals and championship game.
Regarding tickets, UW says the season-ticket renewal rate for this season was 97.5 percent, the program's highest since 2010-11. More ticket information straight from UW:
If available, four-game ticket packages will go on sale to the general public on Oct. 7 at 8:30 a.m. Single-game tickets, as available, will go on sale on Oct. 23 at 8:30 a.m. Student season tickets will be available for sale beginning Sept. 17 at 7 a.m.
• If available, four-game ticket packages will go on sale to the general public on October 7 at 8:30 a.m.
• Single game tickets (availability of games to be determined) will go on sale to the general public on October 23 at 8:30 a.m.
• Student season tickets go on sale September 17 at 7:00 a.m.
• Students who earned at least 19,000 rewards points in 2013-14 and are degree seeking students in 2014-15 will be able to purchase tickets in advance of the general student sale, on September 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
We'll have much more analysis of Wisconsin's schedule over the coming weeks and months. For now, UWBadgers.com has compiled solid early game notes for each of the Big Ten opponents.