Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Duke to visit Madison again


For the second straight year, Duke will visit Madison for the first time as part of Big Ten/ACC Challenge competition.
Only this time, it's the women who get a shot at knocking off the national power.
The Badgers will host the Blue Devils on Dec. 2 at the Kohl Center, UW announced Monday. Tip-off time and TV information will be announced at a later date.
Duke is coming off a season in which it went 30-6, shared the ACC regular-season title and won the league's postseason tournament, and advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to Baylor.
The Blue Devils are entering their fourth season under coach Joanne P. McCallie, who previously coached at Michigan State. Former Badgers assistant Al Brown serves on her staff.
The Duke men made their first appearance at the Kohl Center last year, and UW upset the eventual national champions 73-69 for its first-ever victory over the Blue Devils.
Likewise, the UW women are seeking their first win against Duke. In the only previous meeting between the programs, the Blue Devils prevailed 86-66 on Nov. 27, 1987 in Durham, N.C.
This year marks the fourth annual ACC/Big Ten women's basketball challenge, which began as a four-year agreement and has been extended until 2012.
The 2010 Challenge will take place over two days beginning on Dec. 1. See the full schedule below.
Wisconsin is 2-1 all-time in the event. The Badgers dropped their inaugural game on the road against Virginia in 2007 but were one of four Big Ten teams to win in 2008. Wisconsin defeated N.C. State 53-48 on the road in last year's challenge.
Wisconsin returns three starters, and much of its depth, from a team that went 21-12 in 2009-10 and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in eight years.
Lets hope the Lady Badgers can take it to the house. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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