Many believe that college basketball truly begins once conference play rolls around, but Wisconsin basketball can't afford to have that mindset entering the 2013-14 season.
The nonconference slate features several challenges, including the season opener on Nov. 8 against St. John's. From there, the Badgers must also clash with Florida, Saint Louis, Marquette and Virginia before reaching the gauntlet that is the Big Ten schedule.
Losing three starting forwards from a season ago, No. 20 Wisconsin will need some players to grow up fast in order to avoid digging itself an early hole, but there is still plenty of experience on this roster.
In case anyone needed a reminder, the Badgers have never finished below fourth place in the B1G under the tutelage of Bo Ryan, nor missed out on the NCAA Tournament. They are one of four Big Ten teams to crack the preseason AP Top 25 poll, and they figure to be in the mix for the conference title once again despite the presence of Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State among others.
There's been some turnover in Madison, but expectations remain high. To get you all geared up for Wisconsin basketball, we'll take a look up and down the roster and predict what exactly to expect from the Badgers this season.