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Border Battle

2013-14  UW 240 - UM 440

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 Completes Year Eight

The eighth Border Battle competition is completed with the Badgers sweeping the last three Big Ten Championships to come from behind to win the trophy 455-425. The win ties the series which dates back to 2004-05 at four wins apiece. The Gophers had won the past three competitions including the second closest contest last year when Minnesota won by 30 points, 455 to 425. This year’s score was the reverse of last year, this time for the Badger victory.

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.

 Date
 Sport (points)
 Host
 UW Pts
 UM Pts
 9/29  Women's Soccer - 40  Wis  20  20
 10/14  Women's Hockey - 10  Wis  10  0
 10/16  Women's Hockey - 10  Wis  0  10
 10/19  Volleyball - 20  Wis  0  20
 10/28  Women's Cross Country - 40  Big Ten  40  0
 10/28  Men's Cross Country - 40  Big Ten  40  0
 11/11  Men's Hockey - 10  Wis  10  0
 11/12  Men's Hockey - 10  Wis  0  10
 11/12  Football - 40  Minn  40  0
 11/23  Volleyball - 20  Wis  0  20
 1/6  Women's Hockey - 10  Minn  5  5
 1/7  Women's Hockey - 10  Minn  0  10
 1/22  Wrestling - 40  Minn  0  40
 1/26  Women's Basketball - 40  Minn  40  0
 2/9  Men's Basketball - 20  Minn  20  0
 2/18  Women's Swimming & Diving - 40  Big Ten  0  40
 2/23  Women's Indoor Track & Field - 40  Big Ten  40  0
 2/23  Men's Indoor Track & Field - 40  Big Ten  0  40
 2/25  Men's Swimming & Diving - 40  Big Ten  0  40
 2/25  Men's Tennis - 40  Minn  0  40
 2/28  Men's Basketball - 20  Wis  20  0
 3/2  Men's Hockey - 10  Minn  10  0
 3/3  Men's Hockey - 10  Minn  0  10
 3/4  Women's Tennis - 40  Wis  0  40
 4/7  Softball - 40  Wis  40  0
 4/29  Women's Golf - 40  Big Ten  0  40
 4/29  Men's Golf - 40  Big Ten  0  40
 5/13  Women's Outdoor Track & Field - 40  Big Ten  40  0
 5/13  Men's Outdoor Track & Field - 40  Big Ten  40  0
 5/13  Women's Rowing - 40  Big Ten  40  0
 TOTALS  455  425

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