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Varsity - January 10, 2013

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INSIDE MEN'S BASKETBALL BY PATRICK HERB @BadgerMBB SCHEDULE (11-4, 2-0) Last Week Jan. 3 Penn State Jan. 6 at Nebraska W, 60-51 W, 47-41 This Week Saturday #12 Illinois 1:15 p.m. Next Five Jan. 15 at #5 Indiana Jan. 19 at Iowa Jan. 22 #22 Michigan State Jan. 26 #8 Minnesota Jan. 29 at #15 Ohio State B1Gger picture: UW preps for tough stretch Badgers dive into meat of conference slate T he Big Ten has been unanimously labeled as the country's most competitive conference in recent years and this season is no different. The Badgers are members of the nation's top-ranked conference in terms of RPI and will find out the extent of that competitiveness in 42 » VARSITY JANUA RY 10, 2013 the coming weeks. This weekend, UW begins a stretch that includes 11 Big Ten contests in the next month, with nine of its opponents appearing in the latest AP Top 25 poll. The Big Ten leads all conferences with six teams ranked in this week's polls, including two top-five teams 8 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 1 p.m. 6 p.m. and five top-15 squads. Michigan ranks second in both polls, followed by No. 5/5 Indiana, No. 8/10 Minnesota, No. 12/13 Illinois, No. 15/14 Ohio State and No. 22/18 Michigan State. With the exception of Indiana and Michigan, UW is slated to take on all four of those ranked programs twice this season. Wisconsin's next 11 opponents own a combined mark of 91-14, and all but two have unblemished records at home. The Badgers' road win at Nebraska on Sunday was huge when putting home-court advantage into perspective, as the Big Ten's home teams went 8-3 (.727) this past week. Seeking 60 » The Badgers haven't allowed more than 60 points at home since a 63-60 OT loss to Michigan (Jan. 3, 2012), a streak of 17 consecutive games. That run of 17 straight games is the nation's longest active streak.

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