It is clear that the Big Ten is still the supreme basketball conference in the land. Looking at Wisconsin's freshly released 2013-14 schedule, it is hard to even pinpoint the toughest stretch of the season. The whole thing will be a battle, as usual.
We already knew Wisconsin would treat its fans to a several marquee home games during the upcoming season. Florida and Marquette owed the Badgers return trips to Madison. It was also made public earlier this year that UW's two most difficult single play opponents, Ohio State (Feb. 1) and Michigan State (Feb. 9), would have to visit the Kohl Center.
Thanks to those single plays, which include winnable road matchups against Penn State and Nebraska in March, the Badgers should be set up to finish their league schedule with a flourish heading into tournament time.
February contains the meat of the schedule. In addition to the aforementioned games against Big Ten favorites Ohio State and Michigan State, it features back-to-back games at Michigan (Feb. 16) and at Iowa (Feb. 22) before ending the month at home against a suddenly mysterious Indiana team.
Another interesting aspect of this year's schedule is that Wisconsin will be playing in several unfamiliar venues this season, starting with its season opener against St. John's. That game will be the first-ever at the brand new Sanford Pentagon complex in Sioux Falls, S.D. From there, the Badgers will play for the first time in Mexico (at the Aventura Cove Palace for the Cancun Challenge) as well as check out Virginia's impressive eight-year old venue, the John Paul Jones Arena. Finally, Nebraska is celebrating its inaugural season at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln this year, where Wisconsin will close the regular season on March 9.
With one more neutral site game than last season, the Badgers only have seven non-conference home games this year -- their fewest since the 2010-'11 season.
See below for the complete 2013-14 Wisconsin Badgers schedule. (Updated 10/3/13)
|Oct. 30||Wed.||UW-PLATTEVILLE (exhibition)||Madison, Wis.||TBA|
|Nov. 8||Fri.||vs. St. John's||Sioux Falls, S.D.||TBA||BTN|
|Nov. 12||Tue.||FLORIDA||Madison, Wis.||8 pm||ESPN2|
|Nov. 16||Sat.||at UW-Green Bay||Green Bay, Wis.||TBA|
|Nov. 19||Tue.||NORTH DAKOTA||Madison, Wis.||7 pm|
|Nov. 21||Thu.||BOWLING GREEN||Madison, Wis.||Cancun Challenge||TBA|
|Nov. 23||Sat.||ORAL ROBERTS||Madison, Wis.||Cancun Challenge||7:30 pm|
|Nov. 26||Tue.||vs. St. Louis||Riviera Maya, Mex.||Cancun Challenge||7:30 pm||CBS Sports Network|
|Nov. 27||Wed.||vs. West Virginia/Old Dominion||Riviera Maya, Mex.||Cancun Challenge||6 pm/8:30 pm||CBS Sports Network|
|Dec. 4||Wed.||at Virginia||Charlottesville, Va.||B1G/ACC||6 pm||ESPN/2|
|Dec. 7||Sat.||MARQUETTE||Madison, Wis.||1:15 pm|
|Dec. 11||Wed.||UW-MILWAUKEE||Madison, Wis.||7 pm|
|Dec. 14||Sat.||EASTERN KENTUCKY||Madison, Wis.||TBA|
|Dec. 28||Sat.||PRAIRIE VIEW A&M||Madison, Wis.||1 pm|
|Jan. 2||Thu.||at Northwestern||Evanston, Ill.||6 pm||ESPN2|
|Jan. 5||Sun.||IOWA||Madison, Wis.||6:30 pm||BTN|
|Jan. 8||Wed.||ILLINOIS||Madison, Wis.||8 pm||BTN|
|Jan. 14||Tue.||at Indiana||Bloomington, Ind.||6 pm||ESPN|
|Jan. 18||Sat.||MICHIGAN||Madison, Wis.||5 pm||ESPN|
|Jan. 22||Wed.||at Minnesota||Minneapolis, Minn.||8 pm||BTN|
|Jan. 25||Sat.||at Purdue||West Lafayette, Ind.||4 pm||BTN|
|Jan. 29||Wed.||NORTHWESTERN||Madison, Wis.||8 pm||BTN|
|Feb. 1||Sat.||OHIO STATE||Madison, Wis.||single play||11 am|
|Feb. 4||Tue.||at Illinois||Champaign, Ill.||8 pm||BTN|
|Feb. 9||Sun.||MICHIGAN STATE||Madison, Wis.||single play||12 pm|
|Feb. 13||Thu.||MINNESOTA||Madison, Wis.||8 pm||ESPN/2|
|Feb. 16||Sun.||at Michigan||Ann Arbor, Mich.||12 pm||CBS|
|Feb. 22||Sat.||at Iowa||Iowa City, Iowa||11 am||ESPN/2|
|Feb. 25||Tue.||INDIANA||Madison, Wis.||8 pm||ESPN|
|Mar. 2||Sun.||at Penn State||State College, Pa.||single play||11 am/3 pm|
|Mar. 5||Wed.||PURDUE||Madison, Wis.||8 pm||BTN|
|Mar. 9||Sun.||at Nebraska||Lincoln, Neb.||single play||6:30 pm||BTN|
|Mar. 13-16||Thu.-Sun.||TBD||Indianapolis, Ind.||Big Ten Tournament|
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