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Badgers tangle with Michigan in Big Ten Championship opener



The seventh-seeded Wisconsin mens soccer team (9-7-2, 1-4-1 Big Ten) opens play in the 2008 Big Ten Mens Soccer Championship on Thursday with a quarterfinal matchup against No. 2 seed and 10th-ranked Michigan at the McClimon Complex.

Michigan ranks No. 6 in the latest RPI released Monday by the NCAA, while the Badgers are at No. 36.

No. 7 Wisconsin (9-7-2, 1-4-1 Big Ten) vs.
No. 2 Michigan (12-4-2, 4-1-1 Big Ten)
3:30 p.m. | Thursday, Nov. 13 | McClimon Complex | Madison, Wis.

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Thursday, Nov. 13
Game 1 10:30 a.m. 4 Northwestern vs. 5 Penn State
Game 2 1 p.m. 3 Indiana vs. 6 Ohio State
Game 3 3:30 p.m. 2 Michigan vs. 7 Wisconsin
Friday, Nov. 14
Semifinal 1 11 a.m. 1 Michigan State vs. Game 1 winner
Semifinal 2 1:30 p.m. Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner
Sunday, Nov. 16
Final Noon Semifinal 1 winner vs. Semifinal 2 winner

Big Ten Network will broadcast Fridays semifinal games and Sundays championship match live in high definition. Talent for the broadcasts are Kenn Tomasch (play-by-play) and Chris Doran and Dean Linke (color).

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The Badgers matchup with No. 10 Michigan will be their fifth game against a ranked opponent this season. The UW is 1-3-0 against ranked foes on the year.

Prior to allowing three goals by Drake in their regular-season finale, the Badgers had given up just five scores in their previous seven matches, a span which included five wins and three shutouts.

With their win over Northern Illinois (Oct. 29), the Badgers have won at least nine matches in five of Rohrmans seven seasons in Madison. The UW seeks its first 10-win season since going 11-10-1 in 2003.

The five Big Ten Conference matches the Badgers failed to win this season were decided by a combined four goals. Also, their loss to Drake was the Badgers first this season by more than a one-goal margin.

Two of the Big Tens top scorers headline the offenses that will battle Thursday, with UW junior Scott Lorenzs 10 goals fourth-best in the league and Michigans Peri Marosevic second with 12 scores.

Lorenzs 10 goals this season give him the most by a UW player since Nick Van Sicklen tallied 12 for the Badgers in 2004.

The UW owns a 7-15-1 record in Big Ten Championship play, including a 2-10-0 mark in its last 12 conference tournament games.

The Badgers own an all-time record of 79-50-9 at the McClimon Complex (.605)..

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Junior Scott Lorenz was at it again for the Badgers, heading in his team-high 10th goal of the season to give the UW a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute, but Drake answered with three second-period goals to snap the UWs three-game win streak. Drake held the Badgers to a season-low four shots in the 3-1 loss, which also snapped a string of four consecutive wins for the UW over non-conference teams.

Since forcing a 1-1 draw with the Badgers on Sept. 27 (recap available sportid=122&storyid=15120"> --> here ), the Wolverines went on to win six of their final eight regular-season matches. Both losses were by a single goal to Big Ten champion Michigan State and then-No. 5 Akron.

Like the Badgers, Michigan has allowed 20 goals in 18 games this season, but the Wolverines led the Big Ten with a 0.50-goals against average in conference play. Goalkeeper Patrick Sperry has posted five shutouts on the season.

The Wolverines, who lead the Big Ten in goals and assists, boast three players who have tallied at least seven goals this season, led by Peri Marosevics 12. Michigan has 38 goals as a team, an average of 2.11 per game.

The Badgers are 2-3-1 against Michigan all-time in Madison. That includes a 1-0 loss in the 2001 Big Ten Championship, the teams only postseason meeting at the McClimon Complex.

The UW is 0-2-0 in Big Ten tournament play against the Wolverines, with the teams last postseason meeting coming on Nov. 2, 2006 a 1-0 win by Michigan.

Each of the teams last two contests have ended in a double-overtime draw. The Badgers are 1-1-2 against the Wolverines in overtime contests.

UW head coach Jeff Rohrman is 1-5-2 against the Wolverines in his career, while Michigan coach Steve Burns has coached in each of the teams 11 meetings and owns a 7-2-2 record against Wisconsin.

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