The Wisconsin Badgers and St. John's Red Storm will play the first ever Division I college basketball game on the new Heritage Court.
The Heritage Court will be the centerpiece of the new Sanford Pentagon complex, which is set to open this fall. The game will be nationally televised.
The Badgers (Big Ten) and Red Storm (Big East) represent two of the NCAA's top conferences and feature two well-respected head coaches in Bo Ryan and Steve Lavin.
“In terms of locale, Wisconsin fans from around the Midwest will have the opportunity to travel to Sioux Falls and watch the game, and it just made sense for us in terms of intelligent travel for our team,” UW associate head coach Greg Gard told UWBadgers.com. “We’ve been approached by several broadcasting networks to play a neutral site game around the world and we felt that given the time of when it needed to be played, the location and the opponent that this was a great fit for us.”
"Playing a Bo Ryan-coached Badger team gives us an early-season test and an opportunity to get an early report card," Lavin remarked to RedStormSports.com. "Having covered the Big Ten for seven years with ESPN, I developed an appreciation for the cohesive brand of basketball Bo Ryan's teams play. Coach Ryan and I have also partnered in the fight against cancer. We are looking forward to competing against Wisconsin and participating in the first-ever college basketball game at The Pentagon in Sioux Falls."
Details about the game time, ticket sales, and TV information will be posted at a later date on SanfordPentagon.com.