Game part of Hall of Fame Classic
The Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s game Sunday against the Yale Bulldogs was part of the host weekend of the 2017 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.
The Badgers will face the Baylor Bears during the championship round of the Hall of Fame Classic on Nov. 20 at 8:30 p.m. in Kansas City, Missouri, with the game being televised on ESPN2. UCLA and Creighton will face off at 6 p.m. Nov. 20 in the other semifinal matchup.
The Hall of Fame Classic is part of college basketball’s Hall of Fame Weekend, which will also include the induction of former Badgers coach Bo Ryan into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 19 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City. Other members of the 2017 induction class include Tim Duncan, Paul Silas and Jay Williams among others.
Kids receive mini basketballs
The game against Yale was the first Sunday kids’ day of the regular season. The first 2,000 fans ages 12 and under at the Kohl Center on Sunday received a free Bucky Badger mini basketball.
The next kids’ day at the Kohl Center isn’t until Feb. 11, 2018, when Wisconsin will take on the Michigan Wolverines at noon. There will be special pricing at concession stands for all kids 12 and under, with a “Kids Combo,” including a hot dog, chips and a fountain drink, available for $5.
It's been a while
Prior to Sunday’s game, the Wisconsin and Yale men’s basketball teams last met on Dec. 30 1983, on a neutral court, with the Badgers winning 87-77. Wisconsin’s victory on Sunday game the Badgers a 4-1 lead in the all-time series between the two teams.
The only previous meeting in Madison between the Badgers and the Bulldogs came in 1956, with Wisconsin defeating Yale 64-46 at the UW Field House.