Wisconsin Basketball: Quick look at 2017-18 schedule

MADISON, WI - MARCH 05: Ethan Happ
MADISON, WI - MARCH 05: Ethan Happ /

Wisconsin football is just around the corner. The Badgers basketball team is down under getting a once in a lifetime experience in New Zealand. And on Wednesday, Wisconsin basketball revealed their 2017-18 schedule.

On Wednesday the Wisconsin Badgers learned their fate for the upcoming season as the non-conference and Big Ten schedules were released. And even though some games were known, dates were not and neither was the rest of how the 2017-18 season shakes out until now. Here’s a quick look at Wisconsin’s Big Ten and non-league schedules.

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Non-conference Schedule

11/5- vs. UW-Stout
11/10- vs. South Carolina State
11/12- vs. Yale
11/16- vs. Xavier
11/20- vs. Baylor (Hall of Fame Classic)
11/21- vs. UCLA/Creighton (Hall of Fame Classic)
11/24- vs. Milwaukee
11/27- at Virginia (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)
12/6- at Temple
12/9- vs. Marquette
12/13- vs. Western Kentucky
12/23- vs. Green Bay
12/27- vs. Chicago State
12/30- vs. UMass Lowell

Challenging schedule? Absolutely. Daunting? Not so much. Wisconsin should breeze through the first three game before a tough game with Xavier. The two Hall of Fame games should provide a great test for the Badgers and will be a gauge of where they stand. As will their tilt at Virginia. Marquette will be another tough game and their last test before they start Big Ten play as they should handle their last four non-conference games easily.

Big Ten Schedule

Due to a scheduling quirk, the first two league games come in the middle of the non-conference schedule, right after the contest with Virginia. First half will be very tough, with road games to Nebraska and Purdue back to back. Follow that with tilts aways from the Kohl Center at Iowa and Michigan State. Back end of the schedule sees Wisconsin playing four of their last five in front of the Grateful Red.

Biggest three game stretch of the season comes when they host Michigan, Purdue, and Minnesota in consecutive games. Also interesting to note is Wisconsin will see Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota just once this season.

Upcoming season will provide plenty of challenges for the Badgers which nothing new to this program. It’s the type that should keep them on their toes all year round. And also a conference schedule that if they go through a rough patch could cost them dearly if they want a regular season Big Ten title.