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Complete 2014-15 Badger men’s basketball schedule announced

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MADISON, Wis. -- The Big Ten Conference announced the complete 2014-15 league schedule on Thursday, including the 18 Big Ten dates for the Badgers. Wisconsin will open the conference slate at home vs. Penn State on Dec. 31. Times and television assignments will be revealed at a later date.

UW will have a home-and-home series with five of the 13 other Big Ten teams, facing Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State and Purdue only at the Kohl Center. Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State and Rutgers will only be faced on the road.

The season culminates March 11-15 with the 2015 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at the United Center in Chicago. Now with 14 Big Ten teams, the tournament will begin with two games on Wednesday, March 11, three games on Thursday, the quarterfinals on Friday, the semifinals on Saturday and then the championship on Sunday, March 15.

The season ticket renewal rate for 2014-15 was 97.5 percent, UW's highest since the 2010-11 season. After fulfilling 824 new requests, season tickets are sold out for the 2014-15 season.

If available, four-game ticket packages will go on sale to the general public on Oct. 7 at 8:30 a.m. Single-game tickets, as available, will go on sale on Oct. 23 at 8:30 a.m. Student season tickets will be available for sale beginning Sept. 17 at 7 a.m.

• If available, four-game ticket packages will go on sale to the general public on October 7 at 8:30 a.m.

• Single game tickets (availability of games to be determined) will go on sale to the general public on October 23 at 8:30 a.m.

• Student season tickets go on sale September 17 at 7:00 a.m.

• Students who earned at least 19,000 rewards points in 2013-14 and are degree seeking students in 2014-15 will be able to purchase tickets in advance of the general student sale, on September 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Since Bo Ryan took over as head coach at Wisconsin, the Badgers own the best conference record in the Big Ten, going 156-66 (.703) over the last 13 seasons. Ryan's .703 win percentage in Big Ten play is the highest mark in conference history among coaches with at least five years of experience.

Wisconsin has finished among the top four in the Big Ten for each of Bo Ryan's 13 seasons in Madison. That streak of 13-straight top-four finishes is tied for the longest in Big Ten history, equaling the run of 13-consecutive top-four finishes by Purdue from 1920-32. The Badgers have won 10 or more conference games in 12 of the last 13 seasons, including a mark of 12-6 last season.

Big Ten Schedule Notes

Dec. 31 vs. Penn State and Feb. 18 at Penn State

UW will be looking to win its 13th-consecutive Big Ten opener ... the Badgers won the only meeting last season with a 71-66 decision in State College … UW has won 16 straight home games against the Nittany Lions with PSU's last win in Madison coming in 1995 … under Ryan, the Badgers are 19-4.

Jan. 4 at Northwestern and Feb. 7 vs. Northwestern

The Badgers and Wildcats split two meetings in 2014 with UW winning 76-49 in Evanston and NU winning for the first time ever at the Kohl Center … Nigel Hayes scored a career-high 19 points at Northwestern last season … Wisconsin is 17-5 against Northwestern under Ryan, including wins in each of its last four trips to Evanston.

Jan. 7 vs. Purdue

Only 2015 meeting … Wisconsin swept the season series with Purdue a year ago … Ryan-led teams are 10-10 against the Boilermakers as Purdue is the only Big Ten team with a .500 record or better against the Badgers during that span … with three wins, Purdue is one of just two teams (with Illinois, also three) to win more than two games at the Kohl Center since Ryan arrived in Madison.

Jan. 11 at Rutgers

Only 2015 meeting … Wisconsin is 3-0 all-time against Rutgers, including a 2-0 mark under Ryan … the team last met when the Badgers swept a home-and-home series in 2003 and 2004.

Jan. 15 vs. Nebraska and Feb. 10 at Nebraska

UW and NU met just once only last season with the Huskers pulling out a 77-68 win in Lincoln on the final day of the regular season … the 2014 victory marked Nebraska's first win over Wisconsin since joining the Big Ten … the Feb. 10 meeting in Lincoln will be part of ESPN's Super Tuesday lineup.

Jan. 20 vs. Iowa and Jan. 31 at Iowa

In 2014, Wisconsin took a pair of contests with Iowa, winning 75-71 at the Kohl Center and 79-74 in Iowa City … each of the last five meetings have been decided by five points or less … the Jan. 20 meeting at the Kohl Center will be part of ESPN's Super Tuesday lineup beginning at 8 p.m.

Jan. 24 at Michigan

Only 2015 meeting … UW is 18-6 against Michigan under Ryan, including a split last season as each team won on the opponents' floor … the Badgers tallied a 75-62 win at Michigan in 2014 as Frank Kaminsky scored 25 points with 11 rebounds.

Feb. 3 vs. Indiana

Only 2015 meeting and will be a part of ESPN's Super Tuesday lineup beginning at 6 p.m. … UW owns a 12-game home winning streak vs. Indiana dating back to 2000 … overall, the Badgers have won 13 of the last 14 meetings with the Hoosiers … Traevon Jackson averaged 17.5 points per game in two meetings vs. Indiana last season, including a career-best 21 points in Bloomington.

Feb. 15 vs. Illinois

Only 2015 meeting … Badgers have won seven straight against the Illini, including a 95-70 win at the Kohl Center and a 75-63 win in Champaign a year ago … Illinois is one of just two Big Ten teams with more than two wins (three) at the Kohl Center during the Ryan era.

Feb. 21 vs. Minnesota and March 5 at Minnesota

Wisconsin and Minnesota will meet for the 194th and 195th times … the border rivals have split the season series in each of the last two years with each team protecting its home court, however UW knocked off UM in the most recent meeting, 83-57, at the 2014 Big Ten Tournament … UW's last win in Minneapolis was in 2012, but Minnesota has not won in Madison since 2009.

Feb. 24 at Maryland

Only 2015 meeting will be a part of ESPN's Super Tuesday lineup with tip set for 6 p.m. (CT) … Wisconsin is 5-2 all-time against Maryland with the last meeting coming in the 2009 Maui Invitational when the Badgers won 78-69 … the Badgers are 2-1 vs. the Terrapins under Ryan … UW's most recent trip to College Park, Maryland was a 73-67 overtime loss in the 2003 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

March 1 vs. Michigan State

Only 2015 meeting … second year in a row the Badgers will host MSU and not make a trip to East Lansing … UW and MSU split two games in 2014 with the Badgers winning 60-58 at the Kohl Center and the Spartans winning, 83-75, in the Big Ten tournament semifinals … since Ryan entered the Big Ten in 2001-02, Wisconsin (14-12) is the only Big Ten team to have a winning record against the Spartans.

March 8 at Ohio State

Only 2015 meeting … the Buckeyes won the only meeting last season with a 59-58 decision at the Kohl Center … Ryan-led teams are 15-11 against Ohio State, including a mark of 5-5 in Columbus.

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