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The Field House Chronicles: Duke hate week

Plus men’s hockey looks to start Axe Week right, and volleyball, wrestling and women’s hockey are back.

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No. 10 women’s soccer (15-3-2 overall, 10-1-1 B1G)

Normally I present these in order of rankings, but this is huuuuuuge.

The Badgers are already in Los Angeles preparing for a second-round bout with the No. 12 Duke Blue Devils (9-3-7 overall, 3-1-6 ACC) on Friday at 7 p.m. The game can be seen via UCLA live stream. It looks like this is a free streaming service—hooray!

If you need any reasons to hate Duke, here are two.

1) Justice Winslow touched it.

2) Grayson Allen

Anyways, Duke is standing between Wisconsin and a third Sweet 16 appearance since 2009. Duke doesn’t win a lot, but it also doesn’t lose much either. In fact, it is itself a meme of the sport of soccer, finishing seven games in ties.

Since Duke likes to tie, it’s worthwhile to take a look at post-season tie-breaking procedures. A tie in regulation will result in two sudden-death 10-minute overtime periods. If the game remains tied after two overtimes, it will go into penalty kicks.

One thing is interesting here: if a game goes into penalty kicks, the game is considered officially a tie. This is true in every game except for the national championship game. If Wisconsin ties Duke and wins the penalty kick rounds, Wisconsin would advance. However, the game would officially be a tie.


Should Wisconsin win (or tie and advance on penalty kicks), it will face the winner of No. 7 UCLA and Clemson. The Badgers faced UCLA back in September and lost 1-0.

No. 2 women’s hockey (12-1-1 overall, 6-1-1 WCHA)

The Badgers travel northwest to visit St. Cloud State (3-8-1 overall, 0-8-0 WCHA). Wisconsin should put a beating on the Huskies and improve to 8-1-1 in the WCHA. The games will stream live on FloHockey ($).

I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving weekend when Daryl Watts and the Badgers take on Boston College, the school Watts played for last year.

No. 3 wrestling (5-0 overall, 0-0 B1G)

Wisconsin visits No. 16 Utah Valley on Saturday at 4 p.m., and the match will stream live on FloWrestling ($). This will be the first time Wisconsin has taken on a ranked team this season.

No. 5 volleyball (19-5 overall, 15-1 B1G)

Wisconsin has four games left in the B1G regular season, and it maintains a one-game lead in the loss column over No. 8 Penn State (21-4 overall, 15-2 B1G). This weekend, the Badgers play their final two regular season home games against Iowa (9-18 overall, 3-13 B1G) and No. 6 Nebraska (22-3 overall, 14-2 B1G).

The Iowa game, which is also senior night, is schedule for Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and will stream on BTN+.

The Nebraska game starts at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and will air on BTN.

Want more in-depth volleyball coverage? Check out The Sett in the link below.

No. 16 men’s hockey (6-6 overall, 1-3 B1G)

Wisconsin is the only ranked team with more than four losses thanks to a brutally difficult schedule. At some point, however, the Badgers will need to start stringing some wins together if it wants to get into the running for an at-large NCAA tournament bid.

If Wisconsin is going to make a run, it has to start this weekend in a prelude to Axe Week, as the Badgers travel to take on the Golden Gophers (4-6-2 overall, 1-3-2-2 B1G).

Game one will air on Fox Sports Wisconsin at 7 p.m. Friday night.

The puck drops on game two at 7 p.m. Saturday night, and it will air on FSW+.