Border Battle

2012-13  UW 315 - UM 565

2011-12  UW 455 - UM 425

2010-11  UW 425 - UM 455

2009-10  UW 330 - UM 550

2008-09  UW 345 - UM 535

2007-08  UW 465 - UM 415

2006-07  UW 445 - UM 435

2005-06  UW 350 - UM 530

2004-05  UW 235 - UM 205

Border Battle

Border Battle Begins Year Seven

With the seventh season of the Border Battle competition between the athletic programs at Minnesota and Wisconsin concluded, Minnesota leads the series at 4-3 with a closely contested 555-425 advantage in 2010-11. It was Minnesota's third-straight series win having beaten the Badgers 550-330 last year.

The annual battle for border supremacy between the Athletic Departments at the University of Wisconsin and University of Minnesota is determined by awarding points to the school which wins in head-to-head competition, or to the team which finishes higher at the Big Ten championship in the 11 sports in which the Badgers and Golden Gophers don't have a head-to-head competition. The overall winner of the season-long event wins the Border Battle Trophy for display on its campus. The total number of points available for the 29 competitions is 880.

In the 11 sports which compete in head-to-head competition, 40 points are at stake. If the teams meet just once annually (football as an example), then the winner gets 40 points and the loser gets zero. If the teams meet twice (women's basketball, for example), the winner of each game gets 20 points and the losers get zero. If the teams meet four times (men's hockey for example), then the winner of each game gets 10 points and the loser gets zero. If a game ends in a tie, the points are split (20 to each school).

Where team scoring is dependent upon tournament outcomes, 40 points is awarded to the higher finishing school at the Big Ten championship. This affects the sports of men's and women's cross country, swimming and diving, golf, indoor track and outdoor track and women's rowing.

Six sports are sponsored by only one of the institutions and, thus, not included in the Border Battle. Wisconsin has men's soccer, men's rowing and women's lightweight rowing (UM does not), while Minnesota has baseball and men's and women's gymnastics (UW does not).

The Badgers won the trophy in three of the first four years of competition. In 2011, the competition again came down to the last weekend for the fourth time in seven years with Minnesota scoring in 17 events, and Wisconsin getting points in 16.

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. The 2011 competition was the second closest with the Gophers winning by 30.

DateSport (points available)HostUW PtsUM Pts
Sept. 30Women's Soccer (40)Minn.400
Oct. 9Football (40)Wis.400
Oct. 24Volleyball (20)Minn.020
Oct. 31Women's Cross Country (40)Big Ten040
Oct. 31Men's Cross Country (40)Big Ten400
Nov. 5Women's Hockey (10)Minn.010
Nov. 5Men's Hockey (10)Minn.100
Nov. 6Women's Hockey (10)Minn.100
Nov. 6Men's Hockey (10)Minn.55
Nov. 19Volleyball (20)Wis.020
Dec. 28Men's Basketball (40)Wis.400
Jan. 9Women's Basketball (20)Wis.200
Jan. 20Women's Basketball (20)Minn.200
Jan. 28Women's Hockey (10)Wis.55
Jan. 29Women's Hockey (10)Wis.100
Jan. 30Wrestling (40)Minn.040
Feb. 13Men's Tennis (40)Wis.040
Feb. 18Men's Hockey (10)Wis.010
Feb. 19Men's Hockey (10)Wis.55
Feb. 19Women's Swimming and Diving (40)Big Ten040
Feb. 26Men's Swimming and Diving (40)Big Ten040
Feb. 27Women's Indoor Track (40)Big Ten040
Feb. 27Men's Indoor Track (40)Big Ten040
March 5Women's Tennis (40)Minn.400
April 20Softball (40)Wis.2020
April 24Women's Golf (40)Big Ten400
May 1Men's Golf (40)Big Ten040
May 15Women's Rowing (40)Big Ten400
May 15Women's Outdoor Track (40)Big Ten400
May 15Men's Outdoor Track (40)Big Ten040
Totals425455

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