One measure of a college basketball team is not how they fare in their wins, but how the team performs after losing. The Wisconsin Badgers entered this season ranked 4th in the AP, Associated Press, Poll and with senior center Frank Kaminsky selected as a favorite to win the John R. Wooden Award, college basketball’s M.V.P. Ranked #5 in the nation, the Badgers (10-1) suffered an early lose to Duke, and will need the 7’0’’ Kaminsky to elevate his game as they take on the 10-1 Cal Golden Bears tonight.
Cal will be another early test for the Wisconsin faithful. Cal has enjoyed a record of 7-0 at home so far this season. Wisconsin will be the first ranked opponent to tipoff against the Golden Bears at Haas Pavilion this year. The pressure will be on Kaminsky and junior forward Sam Dekker, as this is a must win game for the one-loss Badgers. For Badger fans nationwide, this match up is one to circle on the calendar.
Wisconsin’s stock is rising fast. With the team set to enter their conference schedule on December 31st at home against Penn State, now is the time to see the Badgers without having to break the bank. According to Razorgator, the average price for tickets to the Wisconsin Badgers vs. California is $36.00. This secondary market price is as appetizing as the get-in price, which currently sits at $13.00. This game brings a price appealing to those in the market for Wisconsin basketball tickets, but still brings the competitiveness of a marquee matchup. Cheap NCAA basketball tickets are hard to come by for a game of this magnitude.
These matchups of one-loss teams will tip off on December 22nd. Wisconsin will need to keep Cal off of the glass, as the Golden Bears average 38.5 rebounds per game, which is 59th best in all of the NCAA. The key matchup of this game will be the play of the forwards, as Wisconsin will look to exploit their size to limit the explosiveness of Cal’s 6’5’’ standout Tyrone Wallace. Scoring efficiency will also be key, as the Badgers and Golden Bears rank 22nd and 70th respectively in field gold percentage. This game has all the makings to be one of the first real thrillers of this holiday season.