The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will take a pause from its nonconference schedule to play a pair of Big Ten matchups in early December and will finish its season with a two-game homestand in March.

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The Big Ten announced the men’s basketball conference schedule Wednesday, and the Badgers will start against Indiana at home Dec. 8.


UW will start off its schedule against Indiana before playing Ohio State and Purdue which are expected to be near the top of the Big Ten standings this season.


Their schedule features flipping from home and away with their only back-to-back home conference games coming at the end of the season against Purdue on March 1 and Nebraska on March 6. UW will then head to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Conference tournament March 9-13.


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UW senior forward Micah Potter averaged 10.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season for the Badgers, who are scheduled to open the season Wednesday night against Eastern Illinois at the Kohl Center.

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2020-21 season: The Hoosiers finished 10th in the Big Ten with a 7-12 conference record while going 12-15 overall. Their season ended in the first round of the Big Ten tournament with a 61-50 loss against Rutgers.


Series: Last season Wisconsin edged out Indiana 80-73 in a win at the Kohl Center. The Hoosiers hold the series edge 97-77.


Heading into 2021-22: Coach Mike Woodson is in his first season at Indiana. Leading scorer sophomore Trayce Jackson-Davis returns for the Hoosiers. He averaged 19.1 points per game last season. Indiana also added perimeter shooting in transfers Xavier Johnson from Pitt and Miller Kopp from Northwestern.



Ohio State"s Meechie Johnson Jr. blocks a shot by UW"s Brad Davison during the first half Saturday at the Kohl Center. Davison scored three points on 1-for-7 shooting.

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2020-21 season: Ohio State finished fifth in the Big Ten with a 12-8 conference record, going 21-10 overall. The Buckeyes lost to Illinois in the Big Ten Conference championship game before being upset by No. 15 seed Oral Roberts 75-72 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.


Series: Ohio State holds the lead in the all time series between the Buckeyes and the Badgers 93-75. The Buckeyes were one of five teams to hand the Badgers a home loss last season when they won 74-62.


Heading into 2021-22: The Buckeyes return the second and third-leading scorers from last season in E.J. Liddell and Justice Sueing, who averaged a combined 32.6 points per game. Ohio State also added three transfers to their roster — Harvard’s Seth Towns, Penn State’s Jamari Wheeler and Indiana’s Joey Brunk. The team boasts a veteran roster with five graduate students, three true seniors and one redshirt senior.


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Wisconsin forward Tyler Wahl (5) drives on Purdue guard Jaden Ivey (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

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2020-21 season: The Boilermakers finished fourth in the Big Ten after going 13-6. They entered the NCAA tournament as a No. 4 seed, but their season ended with an overtime loss against North Texas in the first round.


Series: Last season Purdue defeated Wisconsin in West Lafayette, Indiana, 73-69. The win advanced their all-time series lead to 111-72.


Heading into 2021-22: Purdue returns four of its five starters from last season in Jaden Ivey, Trevion Williams, Eric Hunter Jr. and Sasha Stefanovic. Ivey played in the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup this summer alongside Wisconsin’s sophomore guard Jonathan Davis. Ivey was the second-leading scorer — behind Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Lofton Jr. — with an average of 12.3 points per game. His experience in Latvia, where Team USA captured the gold medal, plus strong end to his freshman year adds to an already impressive Purdue roster.


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UW"s Micah Potter shoots over Iowa"s C.J. Fredrick during the first half. Potter scored 17 points on 6-for-17 shooting.

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2020-21 season: The Hawkeyes finished third in the Big Ten with a 22-9 overall record and a 14-6 conference mark. Iowa was knocked out in the semifinals by Illinois during the Big Ten tournament, but entered the NCAA tournament as a No. 2 seed. Their Big Dance journey ended in the second round via a 95-80 loss to Oregon.


Series: Iowa and Wisconsin stand at an 85-85 draw in their history after the Hawkweyes won all three games the pair played last season — two during the regular season and one in the Big Ten tournament.


Heading into 2021-22: Iowa has to overcome big roster losses this season. Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year Luke Garza and Joe Wieskamp both got drafted into the NBA, while CJ Fredrick transferred to Kentucky. Jordan Bohannon returns for a sixth season alongside standout sophomore Keegan Murray. The pair were the third and fifth-leading scorers for the Hawkeyes a year ago, with 10.6 and 7.2 points per game.


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Wisconsin"s Micah Potter and Maryland"s Jalen Smith go after a rebound during the first half Tuesday in hyakkendana-hashigozake.com. Wisconsin’s Brad Davison made a corner 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to give Wisconsin a 56-54 victory.

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2020-21 season: Maryland finished 9-11 in the Big Ten and 17-14 overall last season. This earned it eighth place in the Big Ten standings. The Terrapins did receive an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament and even defeated then No. 7 Connecticut to advance to the second round, where they were knocked out by Alabama.


Series: Wisconsin and Maryland have played just 18 times. The Badgers hold an 11-7 edge after splitting last season’s games.

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Heading into 2021-22: Maryland’s best player last season, Darryl Morsell, transferred to Marquette during the offseason, but coach Mark Turgeon rallied to build up the roster. The Terrapins gained Rhode Island’s Fatts Russell and Georgetown’s Qudus Wahab, who have the potential to combine for upwards of 30 points per game this season. Maryland also returns senior guard Eric Ayala and junior forward Donta Scott, who were key players in the win over Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament.