Wisconsin Basketball Faces Tough Non-Conference Schedule


The Wisconsin basketball team will be a young group in 2015, and they will be quickly thrown into the flames against some very good opponents during the non-conference portion of the schedule.

READ ALSO: Badgers Recruit Currently Ineligible

Wisconsin didn’t hold back when scheduling the non-conference slate for the 2015 season, which features a tough tournament, a strong opponent in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and a high-quality road opponent, as well as the regular matchup with in-state rival Marquette.

Here’s what Badgers out-of-conference schedule looks like this season:

Wisconsin Badgers
Wisconsin Badgers /

Wisconsin Badgers

  • 11/4 – UW-River Falls (Exhibition) W, 101-46
  • 11/13 – Western Illinois
  • 11/15 – Siena
  • 11/17 – North Dakota
  • 11/20 – Georgetown (2k Classic)
  • 11/22 – #5 Duke or VCU (2k Classic)
  • 11/25 – Prairie View A&M
  • 11/29 – at #8 Oklahoma
  • 12/2 – at Syracuse
  • 12/5 – Temple
  • 12/9 – Milwaukee
  • 12/12 – Marquette
  • 12/15 – Texas A&M – Corpus Christi
  • 12/23 – Green Bay

While only one top-25 matchup is on the books when the Badgers travel to Oklahoma at the end of the month, the Badgers will also see two very good opponents in the 2k Classic at Madison Square Garden before Thanksgiving.

Georgetown is on the brink of the AP top 25, and a second round matchup against Duke or VCU will be tough as well. Even a home game against Temple is a good matchup for the Badgers this year, who are looking to replace a number of seniors including three now on NBA rosters.

The schedule definitely has its strong points even after a slow start.

More from Wisconsin Basketball

Wisconsin’s opening opponent, Western Illinois, went 8-20 last year, 3-13 for a last-place finish in Summit League play. Likewise their second matchup of the year is Siena, which took eighth place in the MAAC with a 7-13 record, finishing 11-20 overall. The Badgers host North Dakota for their third game of the season. North Dakota tied for last in the Big Sky Conference last year after an 8-22 performance.

Following the North Dakota matchup, the Badgers schedule takes a turn for the tougher.

The Badgers travel to Madison Square Garden for the 2k Classic from Nov. 20-22, where they will see tough competition throughout.

The Badgers open against Georgetown, who finished second in the Big East last year and closed the AP poll ranked #22. The Hoyas are unranked heading into 2015, but will be far and away the best opponent Wisconsin has seen to that point.

More from Wisconsin Basketball

A potential NCAA Championship rematch is possible in the second round of the 2k Classic, where the Badgers will either see VCU or #5 Duke. Should the Badgers and Blue Devils hit the court against each other, both teams will look much different than the two that squared off for the national title last season.

After a home game against Prairie View A&M (15-18, 4th in SWAC in 2014-15), the Badgers hit the road for a matchup against #8 Oklahoma, who took third in Big 12 play last season. The Sooners were the #13 team in the country at the end of the year. Wisconsin earned a 7-point victory over Oklahoma last year in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

After Oklahoma, Wisconsin heads to Syracuse (18-13, 8th in ACC in 2014-15) before hosting Temple (26-11, 3rd in AAC play in 2014-15).

The Badgers then close the non-conference schedule with a trio of in-state opponents — Milwaukee (14-16, 5th in Horizon in 2014-15), Marquette (13-19, 9th in Big East in 2014-15), and Green Bay (24-9, 2nd in Horizon in 2014-15) — with a matchup against Texas A&M Corpus Christi (20-14, 3rd in Southland Conference in 2014-15) scheduled, as well.

Next: Wisconsin Basketball Season Predictions

The non-conference slate is no joke for the Badgers this season, and the strong opponents will be a good test for the young Badgers heading into the Big Ten opener against a ranked Purdue team.