Jan. 23, 2013
• BORDER BATTLE
MADISON, Wis. -- Trailing in the annual Border Battle competition, Wisconsin could pick up some important points when two teams face Minnesota in women's hockey and men's basketball this weekend.
With eight of the 29 events completed in the 2012-13 Border Battle competition between the University of Wisconsin and Minnesota athletic programs, Minnesota leads by over 100 points, 195-85.
The rivalry continues on the ice this weekend when the Badgers host the Gopher women's hockey team in a two-game series on Friday and Sunday at the LaBahn Arena. Both games are at 2 p.m. Sunday's game is sold out. The UW men's basketball team hosts the Gophers in its first matchup of the year on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. in the Kohl Center.
In contests so far, the football Badgers secured all 40 of its points while the cross country teams split with the UW men earning 40 points, and Minnesota women earning 40. Minnesota women's soccer earned all 40 points, as did the Minnesota volleyball team. Men's hockey lost one and split one game in the first meeting in November.
Now in its ninth season, the trophy series is tied at four wins each. UW swept the last three Big Ten Championships to win 455-425. The Gophers won the previous three years skating by with a 455 to 425 win in 2011. UM's biggest victory was in 2010 when Minnesota accumulated a score of 550 to UW's 330. The Gophers also had an impressive 535-345 win in 2008-09. The Badgers won 465 to 415 in 2007-08.
Wisconsin won the inaugural trophy in 2005 by the score of 235-205, while the Gophers tied the series with 530 points to UW's 350 in 2005-06. In the closest competition ever, the Badgers won the 2007 title by just 10 points after leading most of the 2006-07 sports seasons. Minnesota closed the gap in the final two months to come within 445-435.
Review the Border Battle year-by-year scoring and dates of future events.