"We look forward to trying to carry the banner for the Big Ten again this year," UW head coach Bo Ryan said. "Every year we know the Challenge will provide us with a quality opponent and this year is no different. We are excited to represent the Big Ten in what should be a great matchup."
This will be the first-ever meeting between UW and Duke. The two programs have been among the most consistent winners in the country in recent years. Among teams that have had the same head coach over the last six years, they rank in the top three in terms of average conference finish. Wisconsin (Bo Ryan) is tied with Florida (Billy Donovan) for the top spot with an average finish of 2.2. Duke's (Mike Krzyzewski) average finish is just behind those two at 2.3.
Wisconsin set a school record for wins last season, going 30-6. The Badgers went 13-3 and finished second in the Big Ten. They advanced to the NCAA tournament for the ninth consecutive time, falling in the second round. Last year Duke advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 12th consecutive season, finishing 22-11. The Blue Devils finished in a tie for sixth in the ACC standings with an 8-8 conference record.
UW is 3-5 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and 0-4 in road games. The Badgers defeated Florida State, 81-66, at the Kohl Center in last year's Challenge. Duke is 8-0 in the Challenge, the only team in either league with an unblemished record. Last year the Blue Devils defeated Indiana, 54-51, in Durham, N.C. This will be the third Big Ten/ACC Challenge game played in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Complete Challenge Schedule (all times central)
Monday, Nov. 26
Wake Forest at Iowa
Tuesday, Nov. 27
Georgia Tech at Indiana -- Minnesota at Florida State -- Northwestern at Virginia -- Wisconsin at Duke -- Purdue at Clemson
Wednesday, Nov. 28
N.C. State at Michigan State -- Illinois at Maryland -- Boston College at Michigan -- North Carolina at Ohio State -- Virginia Tech at Penn State