UW Health Sports Medicine 

Border Battle remains close a third of the way through the year



Nov. 12, 2012

MADISON, Wis. -- With five of the 29 events completed in the 2012-13 Border Battle competition between the University of Wisconsin and Minnesota athletic programs, Minnesota leads by 20 points, 100-80.

The rivalry continues on the ice this weekend when the Gophers host the Badger men's hockey team in a two-game series on Friday and Saturday in Minneapolis. The following Wednesday, Nov. 21, the UW volleyball team hosts the Gophers in its second matchup of the year. Minnesota beat the Badgers in Minneapolis.

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, and Minnesota volleyball has 20 points prior to the match Nov. 21.

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.

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