Wisconsin 2016-17 men’s basketball schedule released

MADISON, Wis. – The Big Ten Conference announced the complete 2016-17 league schedule on Thursday, which includes 18 Big Ten games for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team. The Badgers open their conference slate at home vs. Rutgers on Dec. 27.

Times and television assignments will be revealed at a later date.

Wisconsin will have a home-and-home series with Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State and Rutgers. UW faces Iowa, Maryland, Northwestern and Penn State only at the Kohl Center this season. The Badgers will only face Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska and Purdue on the road.

Wisconsin will face Rutgers as part of the second-annual “Super Saturday – College Hoops & Hockey” doubleheader at Madison Square Garden in New York City, which is set for Jan. 28, 2017. The Wisconsin men’s hockey team will skate against Ohio State as part of the doubleheader event.

The Badgers will play a minimum of 11 games this season against teams in the 2016 NCAA Tournament field, with seven of those coming at the Kohl Center and four coming on the road. During the non-conference schedule, the Badgers will host 2016 Final Four participants Oklahoma and Syracuse, as well as Green Bay. UW could also face national runner-up North Carolina, Elite Eight qualifier Oregon or UConn at the 2016 Maui Invitational.

Postseason play begins March 8-12 with the 2017 Big Ten Tournament in Washington, D.C., at the Verizon Center. With 14 Big Ten games, the tournament begins with two games on Wednesday, March 8, three games on Thursday, the quarterfinals on Friday, the semifinals on Saturday and then the championship on Sunday, March 12.

Wisconsin begins its 118th season of men’s basketball in 2016-17 and the first full season with Greg Gard as the head coach. Gard took over the reins for the final 23 games of the 2015-16 upon the Dec. 15, 2015, retirement of Bo Ryan. Under Gard, the Badgers rallied to finish the regular season in a tie for third place in the Big Ten standings and made a run to the Sweet 16 in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

See the schedule below:
Sun. Oct. 23 Red/White Scrimmage
Sun. Oct. 30 UW‐PLATTEVILLE (Exhibition)
Fri. Nov. 11 TBA
Tue. Nov. 15 at Creighton (Gavitt Games)
Thur. Nov. 17 CHICAGO STATE
2016 Maui Jim Maui Invitational – Lahaina Civic Center
Mon. Nov. 21 vs. Tennessee 1:30 p.m. ESPN2
Tue. Nov. 22 vs. Oregon/Georgetown 12:30/7 p.m. ESPN2
Wed. Nov. 23 vs. UConn, Oklahoma St., North Carolina, Chaminade ESPN/2
Sun. Nov. 27 TBA
Tue. Nov. 29 SYRACUSE (Big Ten/ACC Challenge) 6:30 p.m. ESPN
Sat. Dec. 3 OKLAHOMA BTN
Wed. Dec. 7 IDAHO STATE
Sat. Dec. 10 at Marquette
Wed. Dec. 14 GREEN BAY BTN
Fri. Dec. 23 FLORIDA A&M BTN
Tue. Dec. 27 RUTGERS
Tue. Jan. 3 at Indiana
Sun. Jan. 8 at Purdue
Thur. Jan. 12 OHIO STATE
Tue. Jan. 17 MICHIGAN
Sat. Jan. 21 at Minnesota
Tue. Jan. 24 PENN STATE
Sat. Jan. 28 vs. Rutgers (New York City)
Tue. Jan. 31 at Illinois
Sun. Feb. 5 INDIANA
Thu. Feb. 9 at Nebraska
Sun. Feb. 12 NORTHWESTERN
Thur. Feb. 16 at Michigan
Sun. Feb. 19 MARYLAND
Thur. Feb. 23 at Ohio State
Sun. Feb. 26 at Michigan State
Thur. March 2 IOWA
Sun. March 5 MINNESOTA
2017 Big Ten Tournament – Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center)
Wed.‐Sun. March 8‐12 TBD