UW Basketball Schedule Released

The 2002-03 men's basketball schedule has been released, and the Badgers' Big Ten championship season has resulted in more exposure on national television.


The Wisconsin men's basketball team, the defending co-Big Ten Champions, will play on national television at least six times this season according to the 2002-03 schedule announced Wednesday. The Badgers will host national runner-up Indiana on Feb. 15 at noon CST in a game televised by CBS. Wisconsin will also appear on CBS on March 2 at 1 p.m. when it plays at Minnesota. The UW's games at Northwestern (Feb. 8) and at Iowa (Feb. 22) will be televised by ESPN as will the home contest with Michigan State (Feb. 11). The ACC/Big Ten Challenge game against Wake Forest on Dec. 4 will air on ESPN2.

"We are pleased that the Wisconsin alumni and fans around the country will be able to see us play more frequently this season," head coach Bo Ryan said. "We like to think that this exposure is a reward for them for their tremendous support."

The Badgers will also reward their home fans this season, playing 17 regular-season games at the Kohl Center. Last year, the UW played only 13 games at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin played 14 true road games last season (not including neutral site games). That was the most of any team in a conference ranked in the top six of the RPI rankings last year (tied with Southern Cal and Washington).

"We felt we owed it to our fans in the Madison area to give them more home games this year," Ryan said. "One of the ways to do that was to sign one-year contracts with some teams and bring them to Madison. Plus, a number of our road games from last season, like UNLV, Ohio and UW-Milwaukee, return to the Kohl Center."

Included in that home schedule is the NABC Classic, which Wisconsin will host. The two-day tournament tips off the regular season on Nov. 15 at the Kohl Center with Winthrop playing Northern Illinois in the first game, followed by the Badgers taking on Eastern Washington at 8 p.m. The tournament concludes the next day with the losers of the first night's games facing off in the consolation game and the winners playing in the championship game.

"We feel honored that the NABC people chose us to host the tournament," Ryan said. "Again, the fact that we got this tournament is a testament to the great support the people of Wisconsin have for our team and for the UW athletic program."


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