La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) Nobody is expecting a miracle upset by UW-La Crosse Friday when they take the court at Wisconsin in an exhibition game.
But playing a high-level Big Ten team is always a measuring stick of sorts.
And that’s where the Eagles find themselves as they prepare for the Badgers.
UW-L is picked to finish second in the WIAC this season, so they have a talented squad.
More so, the team is just looking forward to a unique experience.
“These guys know those players on Wisconsin. They certainly have competed against scholarship players before. For the most part, everybody on our roster is a scholarship player that we have right here. Now it’s just an opportunity to play on that Kohl Center floor and really enjoy the experience and lay it on the line. But, most importantly, compete,” said UW-L head coach Kent Dernbach.
The last time the Eagles played the Badgers in an exhibition was in 2010, a game they lost 84-59.
The game will also be special for Badgers guard and La Crosse Central graduate Kobe King.
King has played with and against some of the Eagles players while growing up in La Crosse.
So it will be a reunion of sorts for him as well.
“I think it will be unique. There will be a lot of people from La Crosse and then also just being from Wisconsin, it’s just going to be a big Wisconsin get together. So I’m excited being from Wisconsin and being from La Crosse getting to play them this year,” King said.
Tip-off is set for 7 PM at the Kohl Center Friday.