During his news conference this week, Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves was asked about the Badgers' record (4-8-2) at Mankato's Alltel Center, here's what he said:
"Well I think if you went and looked at a lot of teams, they don’t play well there. It’s a tough place to play. It’s, you know, that crowd, it reminds me of the junior hockey league. You know, they get rowdy. They sing that European song, and they get into it. I know as a coach I can’t see the game very well from the bench. I feel like I’m tucked in this bunker behind the bench and can’t see what’s going on. And they play hard. It’s a hard place to play in. They have a good team. They play hard and physical and it’s a dark building and they, you know, so it’s like playing in a cave a little bit. But that’s the kind of atmosphere they want, and it’s a great, it’s a great test for your team. I think it’s the type of weekend we need right now to rebound. We know what we’re getting ourselves in for, and we need to get up and get ready to play."