Jan. 25, 2011
Border Battle Schedule/Results
Madison, Wis. - With 13 of the 30 events completed the 2010-11 Border Battle competition between the Wisconsin and Minnesota athletic programs, Wisconsin is leading 225-95. The rivalry continues on the ice this weekend when the Badgers host the Gopher women's hockey team Friday and Saturday at the Kohl Center.
Both games begin at 7 p.m., and Saturday's game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. It is also the "Fill the Bowl" attendance promotion with all tickets just $1 as the Badgers try and break the NCAA record 8,263 from 2010 Camp Randall Hockey Classic. For every person in attendance at the game, Becker Law Office will donate $1 to Second Harvest, and UW will collect non-perishable food items to be donated as well.
Now in its seventh season, the Border Battle contest is tied at 3-and-3. Minnesota won the last two years accumulating a score of 550 to UW's 330 in 2009-10. The Gophers had an impressive 535-345 win in 2008-09. The Gophers led 210-150 at this time last year.
In recent competition, the women's basketball Badgers secured all 40 of the points with its second victory over the Gophers at Minnesota Jan. 20. The men's basketball teams met only once this year, with the Badgers securing all 40 points in the game in Madison Dec. 28. The men's hockey team took one contest and split one in its earlier meeting in Minneapolis. The Madison series is Feb. 18-19.
Traditionally February is a big Border Battle swing month with championships contested in men's and women's track & field, and men's and women's swimming & diving. Each championship is worth 40 points.
The remaining events include Big Ten Championships in wrestling, outdoor track, golf and women's rowing, as well as head-to-head matchups in men's and women's tennis and softball. The final competition of the year is the Men's and Women's Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championship May 13-15 at Iowa.
The Badgers 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, 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 this year's scoring and dates of future events.