The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will open the Battle 4 Atlantis against Stanford.
The Badgers and Cardinal haven’t met since the 1994-95 season, a 95-74 win for Stanford in Palo Alto, CA. UW is 3-6 all-time against the Cardinal with their last victory coming the previous season (1993-94).
Stanford went 19-16 last season, including 11-7 in the Pac-12. Jarod Haase is set to begin his third season at Stanford, which has made one NCAA tournament appearance in the past 10 seasons.
The Cardinal’s roster took a major blow this spring when Reid Travis decided to leave Stanford and join Kentucky as a graduate transfer. Travis averaged 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds as a junior in 2017-18.
Stanford also lost guard Dorian Pickens, who averaged 15.1 points per game last season, to graduation.
The Cardinal’s top returnees are sophomore guard Daejon Davis (10.7 ppg) and sophomore forward Kezie Okpala (10.0).
UW returns its top eight scorers from a team that went 15-18 and missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in 20 years.
The Badgers will play either Florida or Oklahoma on the second day of the eight-team event, which will be held November 21-23 in the Bahamas.
In the 2017 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, the Gators stunned UW on last second shot from Chris Chiozza at Madison Square Garden in New York. Wisconsin is 2-3 all-time against UF, winning a 59-53 battle at the Kohl Center in 2013.
The Badgers have faced Oklahoma six times in school history, most recently in 2016, which resulted in a 90-70 victory at the Kohl Center. UW is 5-4 all-time versus the Sooners. The schools also met in the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis. Wisconsin took a 69-56 win in that one as well.
Wisconsin last played in the Battle 4 Atlantis in 2014. That season, the Badgers won the tournament, running through UAB (who was coached by Haase), Georgetown, and the Sooners en route to the title.
Rounding out the bracket is Butler/Dayton and Virginia/Middle Tennessee State in other opening round matchups.