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This Week in Badger Athletics


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Nov. 30, 2009

MADISON, Wis. -- After two relatively quiet weeks in Madison, home events pick back up this week as men’s basketball and men’s and women’s hockey each play two home games at the Kohl Center. The festivities start on Wednesday night as men’s basketball hosts Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. It’s a doubleheader of hockey on Friday as the women’s team hosts WCHA rival Minnesota-Duluth Friday afternoon before the men’s hockey team hosts Michigan Tech that evening. Men’s basketball is back in action on Saturday afternoon, hosting Grambling State. The Kohl Center has to change back to hockey that night as the men’s team wraps up its series against Michigan Tech. Women’s hockey closes out the week with its series finale against the Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon.

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are both in action this week. They will take part in the Texas Invitational, which runs Thursday through Saturday. Women’s basketball continues its road trip as it visits Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday to meet North Carolina State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The wrestling takes part in the 28th annual Cliff Keen Invite, in Primm, Nev., on Friday and Saturday. The UW football team finishes its regular season with a road contest at Hawaii on Saturday night. Women’s basketball opens Big Ten play with a road matchup at Ohio State on Sunday afternoon.

After one week off, the Wisconsin football team (8-3, 5-3) returns for its regular season finale. The Badgers head to Hawaii to take on the Warriors (6-6, 3-5) on Saturday. The game will air live at 10:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPN2. This will be the sixth meeting between the schools, with the Badgers owning a 4-1 record in the series. Wisconsin has won the last four games against Hawaii, including a 41-24 victory in 2005. The Badgers will be led by Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, John Clay, and Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Chris Borland. The only other time Wisconsin had a Big Ten Player of the Year (offense or defense) and a Big Ten Freshman of the Year in the same season was in 1999 when Ron Dayne was named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year and Brooks Bollinger earned Freshman of the Year honors.

Men’s basketball (4-1) claimed third place in the EA Sports Maui Invitational, registering a 2-1 record. The Badgers defeated Arizona, 65-61, in round one, lost to Gonzaga, 74-61, and knocked off Maryland, 78-69, in the third-place game. Trevon Hughes was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 16.0 pts, 5.0 rebs., 1.7 assists and 2.3 steals. For the first time in three years the Badgers will host a game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge when Duke (6-0) visits the Kohl Center on Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN. UW has won three straight games vs. the ACC, but has never beaten four consecutive ACC foes.

The women’s basketball team (6-1) continues its six-game road swing as it plays two games away from the Kohl Center this week. Wisconsin competes in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Thursday, traveling to Raleigh, N.C., for a game vs. N.C. State (5-2). Tip-off is at 6 p.m. UW opens the Big Ten Conference season on Sunday, facing off against reigning league champion Ohio State (8-0). Game time is at 1 p.m. in a live broadcast on the Big Ten Network. Wisconsin won the World Vision Invitational in Eugene, Ore., last weekend with a 3-0 record. Junior Alyssa Karel was named the tournament MVP while junior Lin Zastrow was named to the all-tournament team.

Men’s Hockey (8-5-1, 5-4-1 WCHA) returns to the Kohl Center when Michigan Tech (3-9-0, 2-8-0 WCHA) visits for this weekend. The Badgers are 90-44-8 all-time against MTU, including 56-17-4 in Madison and 4-0-1 in the last five games. Wisconsin split games last weekend in the 17th annual College Hockey Showcase, winning 7-3 at Michigan State and falling 3-2 at Michigan. Sophomore forward Derek Stepan collected six points on the weekend, including five points (1-4=5) in Friday’s win. Skate with the Badgers is Sunday, beginning at 5:15 p.m. at the Kohl Center.

The Wisconsin women’s hockey team (9-5-2, 6-4-0 WCHA) returns home to the Kohl Center to take on WCHA rival Minnesota Duluth. The Badgers sit four points behind UMD (12-6-0, 8-6-0 WCHA) in the conference standings. With a series sweep, the Badgers would tie the Bulldogs for second in the conference. Wisconsin is coming off its final non-conference series of the season after notching a 2-2 tie and a 4-1 win against Providence over Thanksgiving weekend. The Badgers scored three goals in the final three minutes of regulation to cap the victory Saturday night. Mallory Deluce led the Badgers with three goals over the weekend.

Wrestling (1-3) heads to Primm, Nev., Friday and Saturday for its first tournament of the season at the Cliff Keen Invitational. Over 40 teams are scheduled to compete at the prestigious tournament that brings in some of the top collegiate wrestlers. In 2008, Wisconsin tied for 13th place as Kyle Ruschell took fourth at 149 lbs. and Andrew Howe made his tournament debut with a fifth place finish at 165 lbs. Ruschell heads into this weekend riding an eight-match winning streak that extends back to last year’s NCAA championships.

The Wisconsin women’s swimming team heads to Austin, Texas, this week to take part in the annual Texas Invitational, the Badgers’ first competition since Nov. 13. The meet annually provides a high caliber of competition, with some of the season’s top times coming out of the Texas Invitational each season. Wisconsin set three school records – and a Big Ten Conference record -- on its way to a third-place finish in last year’s Texas Invitational, with the Badgers trailing only Arizona and host Texas.

The Wisconsin men’s swimming team returns to action this week by heading to the Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas. The three-day meet, which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday, is traditionally one of the nation’s premier events and annually produces some of the season’s fastest times. The Badgers finished third at the meet last year, trailing only Arizona and host Texas, and recorded three school records in the process. The team heads to this year’s event coming off a dual-meet win over Northwestern in its last competition, on Nov. 13.

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Marketing Notes – Week of November 30

Game Day Promotions

Men’s Basketball - Wednesday, December 2, 2009 vs. Duke at 8:15 p.m.
Badger Halftime Showcase
Fans will enjoy a very special halftime performance featuring the Red Panda Acrobat, courtesy of Coke Zero.

Women’s Hockey - Sunday, December 6, 2009 vs. Minnesota Duluth at 2pm
UW Student Day
All UW Students receive FREE admission with a valid UW student ID and FREE hot dog and soda while supplies last.

Skate with the Badgers    
This is your chance to skate on the Kohl Center ice while collecting autographs and photos from your favorite Badger hockey players and coaches. Following the Badgers vs. Bulldogs’ game, fans can skate with the women’s hockey team from 4:30 p.m. until 5:10 p.m. Skate with the Badgers is presented by Alliant Energy.


Ticket Offers

Men’s Hockey
- Saturday, December 5, 2009 vs. Michigan Tech at 7 p.m.
Residence Hall Night
All College Residence Halls can receive discounted tickets by calling the Marketing Department at (608) 262-7453 for an order form.

Women’s Hockey - Sunday, December 6, 2009 vs. Minnesota Duluth at 2pm
UW Student Day
All UW Students receive FREE admission with a valid UW student ID and FREE hot dog and soda while supplies last.

Girl Scout Day
All Girl Scouts in uniform (vest or sash) will receive FREE admission.

Merchandise Updates

The “Red Shirt” – Second Edition
“On Wisconsin” turns 100! Celebrate and commemorate this Wisconsin tradition with the Red Shirt, Second Edition. Bucky’s Locker Room is pleased to partner with the Wisconsin Alumni Association on this fashionable way to give back. A portion of the proceeds from the Red Shirt, Second Edition, will support need-based financial aid through the UW Foundation’s Great People Scholarship Campaign. Available for only $15 at Bucky’s Locker Room.

Mark Your Calendar

Badger Chalk Talk – December 2
Badger fans are invited to attend this inaugural pregame Chalk Talk on Wednesday, Dec. 2, prior to the Wisconsin vs. Duke men's basketball game which takes place at 8:15 p.m. at the Kohl Center. This pregame event is open to the public and will provide an inside look at the game to be played between the Badgers and the Duke Blue Devils. Join Badger fans for pregame food and beverages available for purchase in the Nicholas Johnson Pavilion starting at 6:15 p.m. on Dec. 2. The fare includes burgers, brats, chicken, beer, wine and soda. Additionally fans will enjoy large screen TV's with national games in progress and receive a pregame Chalk Talk providing inside views on what to expect of both teams. Two-time U.S. Open golf champion and ESPN announcer Andy North will host a program that will include comments from Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez, a game preview from a representative of the Duke athletic department and a scouting report from UW assistant basketball coach and former UW player, Howard Moore. Join fellow Badger fans for this unique experience! The pregame event is open to the public but patrons must have a game ticket to enter the Kohl Center for the game.

Skate with the Badgers – December 6
It’s nearly that time of year to sharpen your skates and bring them to the Kohl Center for Wisconsin hockey’s “Skate with the Badgers.” This year’s event, for both the men’s and women’s teams, will take place on Sunday, Dec. 6.
This is your chance to skate on the Kohl Center ice while collecting autographs and photos from your favorite Badger hockey players and coaches. Admission is free. The Wisconsin women’s hockey team faces Minnesota-Duluth that day at 2 p.m. Following the game, the fans can skate with the women’s hockey team from 4:30 p.m. until 5:10 p.m. The time set aside to skate with the men’s hockey team is 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Doors for the women’s hockey game will open at 1 pm and fans wishing to participate in the men’s hockey "Skate with the Badgers" can begin arriving and gearing up at 4:45 pm. Fans are encouraged to enter the Kohl Center through Gate B and parking is available in lots 88 and 91. For the safety of participants, those entering the ice must be wearing skates. Additionally, no sticks or pucks will be allowed on the ice. Please note, skate rental is not available through UW Athletics. Skate with the Badgers is presented by Alliant Energy.

Wisconsin Football Awards Show – December 11
At the conclusion of the regular season, Badger fans are invited to celebrate with the team and coaching staff at the Wisconsin Football Awards Show. Show time is 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, at the Kohl Center. Admission is free. A brand new event designed for fans of all ages, the Wisconsin Football Awards Show will feature presentations of the program’s post-season awards including Rookie of the Year, Scholastic Player of the Year, Badger Power Award, Team MVP and more. For the first-time ever, fans will have a vote as well. In the coming weeks nominees for Play of the Year will be posted on UWBadgers.com. Fans will have the opportunity to vote and select the winner of the Play of the Year which will be announced at the Awards Show. The program will include addresses from the team captains and head coach Bret Bielema. The evening will conclude with an exciting video tribute to the regular season and this year’s senior class.

Special Events


Culver’s Camp Randall Hockey Classic
Join the Wisconsin women’s hockey team as they host Bemidji State at 2 p.m. and the men’s hockey team as they host Michigan at 5 p.m. in outdoor hockey at Camp Randall on February 6, 2010. Tickets priced at $25 are currently on sale at UWBadgers.com. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 20 or more as well as to members of Bucky’s Buddies Kids Club.

Youth Hockey Ticket Packages and Rewards:
20 or more tickets - Team name on the scoreboard during the event. Complimentary single-scoop frozen custard at participating Culver’s Restaurants with every ticket.

50 or more tickets - Team members who submit their roster and two chaperones per team will be allowed at the field to be part of the “Parade of Players”. Youth team members will form the team tunnel for the Badgers as they make their way from their locker room to the ice at the start of the game.

100 or more tickets - Youth teams will be entered into a random drawing to receive one hour of ice time on the rink at Camp Randall Stadium.

Outstanding group ticket packages are available for members of the general public. These groups will enjoy these additional awards based on how many tickets are ordered:

General Public Hockey Ticket Packages and Rewards:
20 or more tickets - Group name on scoreboard during the event.

75 or more tickets
- Group members will have the opportunity to get their photo taken with Bucky on the field at ice level at a predetermined time on the day of the event.

125 or more tickets - General public groups will be entered into a random drawing to receive use of the Nicholas Suites at the Kohl Center for a game during the 2010-11 season.

Fan Experience presented by Coca Cola
In partnership with the Hockey Hall of Fame and the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, and through the generous support of Coca-Cola, the UW Athletic Department is able to bring the Fan Experience presented by Coca-Cola to attendees of the Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic. On Friday, Feb. 5, fans with tickets to the Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic will have the opportunity to view and have their photo taken with the Stanley Cup. Times for the Stanley Cup viewing will be noon-10 p.m. Then during the games on Saturday, Feb. 6, the McClain Center adjacent to Camp Randall Stadium will be transformed into the Fan Experience presented by Coca-Cola. The Fan Experience will run from 1 p.m. through the second intermission of the men's game. Appealing to passionate and casual hockey fans alike, the Fan Experience will feature numerous historical hockey exhibits. There's even more to the fan experience for those wishing to test their hockey skills. The interactive games as part of the Fan Experience are suitable for both adults and kids. The Fan Experience presented by Coca-Cola is free, but requires a game ticket for admission.

Ticket News

Men’s Basketball
Single Game Tickets On Sale Now
With tip off of the Wisconsin men’s basketball season right around the corner, now’s your chance to secure tickets to select games. A very limited number of single game tickets for Wisconsin men’s basketball home games are currently on sale. Tickets are $26.00 for seats in 100 and 200 level sections and $24.00 for seats in 300 level sections. Tickets may be purchased online at UWBadgers.com or over the phone at 1-800-GO-BADGERS or 608.262.1440, or in person at the McGinnis Family Wisconsin Athletic Ticket Office. Tickets are on sale for the following game: Cal Poly December 16 at 8pm.

Women’s Basketball
Single Game Tickets On Sale Now
General public Wisconsin women’s basketball single game tickets are on sale now through UWBadgers.com. Group tickets and mini plans are also available.

Men’s Hockey
Ticket Packages On Sale Now
Can’t make it to all the games? Create your own mini-plan with a Fan’s Choice Package. Select any five games on the schedule and only pay for four. Fan’s Choice Packages are $72 per seat, a saving of 20%. And, save up to 50% off by purchasing group tickets. For complete details, visit UWBadgers.com.

Single Game Tickets On Sale Now
General public Wisconsin men’s hockey single game tickets are currently on sale through UWBadgers.com. Reserved single game tickets are $22.00 and Upper Reserved single game tickets are $18.00.

Women’s Hockey
Season Tickets On Sale Now
Season ticket packages for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team are available by calling 1-800-GO-BADGERS. Season tickets for all of UW’s regular season home games are just $30 for adults and $15 for UW students, youths (2-17), and senior citizens (55-up). All season tickets are general admission.

Single Game Tickets On Sale Now
Single-game tickets for Wisconsin women’s hockey are on sale now. Choose from the Famous Footwear Family Four Pack (four tickets, hot dogs, sodas, and a $5 gift card) for only $24. Or, try a group ticket package and save as much as 50% when you buy 15 or more tickets. Secure your seats today by visiting UWBadgers.com.

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