Gophers win season-long Border Battle series against Badgers


For the fourth time in the last five years, the Gophers came away victorious in the Border Battle series.

The Gophers dominated Wisconsin during the 2012-13 season, beating the Badgers 565-315 in total points spanning 22 sports.

It is the most lopsided victory for either school in the history of the Border Battle series that dates back to 2004-05.

Highlights of the Gophers dominance over Wisconsin include a season sweep of the women’s hockey team for the first time since the 1999-00 season and Gopher basketball defeating the No. 20 Badgers, 58-53, in overtime during the regular season.

Minnesota held a 120-80 series lead at the end of the fall sports season and added more points in the winter led by hockey, basketball and wresting.

"The Golden Gophers clinched the Border Battle with 200-0 run as the men’s track team, women’s tennis, men’s swimming and diving team, softball and men’s golf teams earned 40 points apiece with either head-to-head victories or higher finishes at the Big Ten Championships."

Scoring is broken down into a point system with 40 points going to the winner in a one game match up, while 20 points goes to the winner if the teams play more than one game.  Six sports are excluded from the Border Battle because the other school does not have a program.

"Wisconsin has men’s soccer, men’s rowing and women’s lightweight rowing (UM does not), while Minnesota has baseball and men’s and women’s gymnastics (UW does not). Adding the 11 sports raises the annual points available to 880."

Minnesota holds a 5-4 edge in the all time series, including a win in 2005-06, but the Badgers edged the Gophers last year, 455-425 — breaking a streak of three consecutive winning years for Minnesota.

Among the major sports, the two schools were fairly evenly split. The Gophers and Badgers split points in men’s basketball and hockey, while Minnesota swept in women’s hockey and Wisconsin swept in football.