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Wisconsin basketball: will UW host an MTE with Marquette?

There are reports that they will host one together, but the Golden Eagles shut down for two weeks due to COVID-19 on Wednesday sooooooo.

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According to Matt Norlander of CBS Sports the Wisconsin Badgers are combining forces with the Marquette Golden Eagles for a multi-team event in Wisconsin at the end of November. The Badgers haven’t released any of their non-conference matchups yet this year, although it was assumed that the Battle of I-94 would continue regardless of new COVID schedule.

The other two teams joining UW and MU are the Eastern Illinois Panthers and the Arkansas Pine-Bluff Golden Lions. Per Norlander, this all sounds kind of convoluted but that is par for the course in 2020.

The Panthers are projected to be a middle of the road team in the Ohio Valley Conference while the Golden Lions are one supposed to be one of the worst teams in the SWAC, and the country.

Of course, on the same day this was announced Marquette sent out a release saying that the program was shutting down for two weeks due to two positive COVID-19 tests. The programs will be quarantining until Nov. 4.

Norlander reported earlier this month that the Badgers were pulling out of the Fort Myers Tip-Off but were planning on hosting their own MTE. We then tried to put together a dream MTE in Madison, but clearly no one in the athletic department was listening. As more scheduling news comes out, we’ll keep you posted. The season starts in about a month so eventually some games will have to be scheduled!