Wofford will play the fifth game of the season on December 3 at Wisconsin, marking a rare national television appearance for the program. For the Terriers, it will be the first game of a seven game stretch that includes six road games. The Terriers have been dealing with a rash of injuries, with Matt Estep, Shane Nichols and Drew Gibson all missing the last two contests. Wofford opens the season with three returning starters from a team that went 10-20 last season and 3-14 on the road. Senior guards Drew Gibson and Shane Nichols were named to the SoCon Coaches Preseason All-Conference team. The Terriers were selected to finish third in the South Division by the coaches and media.
Wofford only lost came in the season opener at No.19 Arkansas. Since then, Wofford has gone 3-0, winning by an average of 37.7 points.
UW is 5-1 all-time against teams from the Southern Conference, including back-to-back wins over UNC Greensboro and Western Carolina on Dec. 23 and 27, 2004. Terrier freshman Noah Dahlman is a native of Minnesota and played on the same AAU team as Badger recruits Jordan Taylor and Jared Berggren.
The Badgers will wear retro uniforms vs. Wofford, reminiscent of the ones worn by UW's 1941 NCAA Championship team. Wisconsin will honor that team in a pre-game ceremony with Fred Rehm and Ted Downs, two members of the ‘41 team, in attendance.
Wisconsin is 77-27 (.740) in non-conference games under head coach Bo Ryan, including 50-3 at the Kohl Center. The Badgers have won 43 of their last 44 non-conference home games, including 16 in a row.
UW went undefeated in the month of December last year (8-0) and is 35-8 (.814) in December in Bo Ryan's seven seasons. That is the best winning percentage of any month under Ryan.
Wofford is currently the fourth-smallest school in NCAA Division I with an enrollment of 1,350 students. The smallest school is Centenary with 1,017, followed by Presbyterian College at 1,200 and VMI with 1,300. Wofford College, established in 1854, is an independent liberal arts college in Spartanburg, S.C. (average SAT for incoming class, 1247).
This will be the first meeting of Wofford and Wisconsin.