Per a report from CBS Sports’ college basketball insider Matt Norlander, the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team will not be playing in the Fort Myers Tip-Off this year as originally scheduled. The other scheduled participants were Colorado, Butler and South Florida. According to Norlander, the Bulls still plan on holding the even just with, uh, new teams.
Sources: Wisconsin, a potential top-10 team, has pulled out of the Fort Myers Tip-Off. Same field that formerly included Colorado + Butler. USF is the fourth team in this MTE and the plan is still to hold the event late November. Wisconsin will look to do a home MTE if feasible.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) October 8, 2020
With a different report, from Jon Rothstein, suggesting that the Gavitt Games, the yearly competition between the Big Ten and the Big East, will be cancelled as well the Badgers will be looking to fill a few holes on their non-conference schedule this year. Certainly of note is the end of Norlander’s tweet which says that UW will look into hosting their own multi-team event in Madison. That would be pretty sweet in our humble opinion.
Wisconsin still has games with Tennessee, Marquette and an B1G/ACC Challenge opponent to be named later on their original schedule, but obviously all of that is still up in the air. College basketball is scheduled to start on Nov. 25th this year so we’ll probably see a flurry of scheduling action in the coming weeks.