Tony Bennett was once thought of as the likely next head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers. Now he’ll get to take on his home-state team, as his Virginia Cavaliers and the Badgers will meet in the 2017 version of the Big Ten/ACC challenge.
Wisconsin will travel to Charlottesville, Va. to meet the Wahoos though.
It will be the first time the two teams have met since a home-and-home series in 2012 and 2013 non-conference play. Wisconsin took the meeting in Charlottesville in 2013, getting revenge for Virginia’s win at the Kohl Center the year before.
Wisconsin sits on a two-game winning streak in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and is 9-9 overall in the 18 years of the event. UW took down Syracuse in each of the last two seasons to get to .500 in the challenge.
But, as hot as the Badgers are, Bennett’s group is even hotter. Virginia has won three straight in the challenge and are an impressive 11-6 overall in the 17 appearances during this event. They have only lost twice at home in the event, going 6-2 at home overall.
Wisconsin returns just one starter from last season’s team that made the Sweet 16. Meanwhile, Virginia returns seven players who played double-digit minutes on a team that finished last season 23-11 overall and were bounced in the Round of 32 of the NCAA tournament.
It will be an interesting matchup, as both teams are set to have to replace some big parts and will be looking to find their own identities.