Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Badgers to Travel to North Carolina



This is the day that I have been waiting for. It was announced that the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team will play at North Carolina in the 2011 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. If you don't know I'm a huge UNC fan, and this should mean that in 2012 the Tar Heels will come to the Kohl Center. And that would be very awesome. North Carolina will have it's starting front court back, and also starting PG Kendall Marshall. Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, and John Henson all decided to come back to play another year. I don't need to tell you that it's going to be a tall order for Wisconsin.

It will be a Badgers team that has lost Jon Leuer, which it will be hard to replace him. They will get Jordan Taylor back, who I see being a top 10 player next year in college basketball. John Gosser and Mike Bruesewitz who will also be solid players for the Badgers. This will be the fist time the Badgers will play in the Dean Smith Center. The last time these two teams met was in the 2005 Elite 8, when North Carolina went on to win the game and win the National Championship.

Both teams are ranked in the Rivals.com preseason top 25. North Carolina is number 1, and the Badgers come in at 14. The game is scheduled for Wednesday November 30th. I would guess this might be the last game of the event, so this could decide which conference wins the challenge. Either way it should be a good game, and I would guess the Wisconsin players are excited to get a chance to play in the Dean Smith Center. Both Wisconsin and UNC will be looking for their 7th win in the challenge, as they both have a record of 6-6 as it stands right now. The full lineup:

Tuesday November 29th
Miami at Purdue
Northwestern at Georgia Tech
Illinois at Maryland
Michigan at Virginia
Clemson at Iowa
Duke at Ohio State

Wednesday November 30th
Indiana at North Carolina State
Penn State on Boston College
Florida State at Michigan State
Virginia Tech at Minnesota
Wake Forest at Nebraska
Wisconsin at North Carolina

Another game on the docket that interests me is the Wake Forest at Nebraska matchup. This will be Nebraska's first game in the challenge as they join the Big Ten this season. Another good game should be the Duke at Ohio State game. Ohio State was undefeated until they went into the Kohl Center last year, but Duke could give them an early loss.

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