Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Western Kentucky Will Host Wisconsin in 2018

Western Kentucky University has scheduled a multi-sport series with Wisconsin that will bring the Badgers to E.A. Diddle Arena in 2018.

The Hilltoppers men's basketball team will travel to Madison in 2017. The football team will play at Wisconsin in 2018.

Also in 2018, Western Kentucky will host the Badgers in a men's basketball game.

Here's a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Western Kentucky University and the University of Wisconsin have agreed to a three-game series over football and men’s basketball which will bring the Badgers to E.A. Diddle Arena in 2018.

Men’s basketball will play a home-and-home series which sends the Hilltoppers to Madison on Dec. 17, 2017, before the Badgers return to play in Bowling Green on Dec. 12, 2018. It will mark the first time an active member of the Big Ten conference has played in Diddle Arena.

In football, the Hilltoppers will play a single game in Madison to open the 2018 season on Sept. 1.

“This is an exciting series for our football and men’s basketball programs,” Director of Athletics Todd Stewart said. “We are actively attempting to improve our men’s basketball non-conference home games and hosting one of college basketball’s top programs will make Diddle Arena the place to be on December 12, 2018. Camp Randall Stadium is one of the nation’s best and most historic football venues, and our trips to Madison for football and basketball games present unique opportunities for our fans to see us compete against an outstanding Big Ten program in a terrific environment.”

The Hilltoppers are 0-1 all-time in both sports against Wisconsin. Football played at Camp Randall in 2001 while basketball’s only match-up with the Badgers came in 1989 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

MATCH-UP DATES

MBB – Dec. 17, 2017 – Madison, Wis.
FB – Sept. 1, 2018 – Madison, Wis.
MBB – Dec. 12, 2018 – Bowling Green, Ky.

The football Hilltoppers are currently in their final week of spring practice before Saturday’s Red vs. White Spring Game while new head basketball coach Rick Stansbury continues to build his recruiting class for the spring signing period. Wisconsin has appeared in the NCAA Tournament each of the past 18 seasons, advancing to at least the Sweet 16 in five of the last six years with a National Championship game appearance in 2015.

How to Follow the Hilltoppers: For complete information on WKU Hilltopper athletics, follow the program via social media @WKUSports on Twitter and on Facebook at facebook.com/WKUathletics.

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