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Badger women play Big Ten opener in early December

For the first time, the Wisconsin women's basketball team will play its Big Ten opener during the middle of its non-conference run.

The league announced its schedule Tuesday, and the Badgers will play at Ohio State on Dec. 6.

It's the earliest Big Ten start in Wisconsin women's history. It's also one of four conference games to be shown Dec. 6 on the Big Ten Network, giving fans a nationally-televised sneak preview of the league.

The Badgers will play their home conference opener on Dec. 28 against Michigan State, after their non-league schedule is finished.

Once again this year, the Big Ten has an unbalanced 18-game regular season. Wisconsin will play Minnesota and Northwestern only once.