Wisconsin currently holds a three-game winning streak in this series between these rival neighbor states up north. Prior to this current streak though, the Golden Gophers had won three consecutive over the Badgers.
The two teams will meet up twice this upcoming season, and by the looks of things it could certainly end up being a split with the home team winning. Both teams also return a majority of last year's talent, other than Jordan Taylor from Wisconsin.
Despite the loss of Taylor, Wisconsin has become accustomed to winning basketball since Bo Ryan arrived in Madison, and that shouldn't change in 2012-13. The Gophers on the other hand, had a disappointing regular season a year ago but played well down the stretch in the NIT.
Both Minnesota and Wisconsin are expected to be NCAA Tournament teams this year and finish in the top half of the mighty Big Ten. The lineups that I have listed here are projections that could switch by the start of the season.
When contrasting the lineups, there were a few easy choices but also a few tough decisions to make as well. In the end, both fan bases have a lot to look forward to this year even though the playing styles of these two schools are very different.