Wisconsin Herd schedule released, new G League format

Wisconsin Herd

The Wisconsin Herd, the NBA G League affiliate of the 2021 NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks, will tip off the 2021-22 season at Oshkosh Arena on Monday, Nov. 8.

The game, a 7 p.m. start against the Cleveland Charge, is the first of 14 games the Herd will play as part of the NBA G League Showcase Cup, which is part of the league’s innovative new schedule structure for the 2021-22 season.

The 2021-22 NBA G League schedule will consist of the 14-game Showcase Cup, which will take place from Nov. 5 through Dec. 22, with the first 12 games taking place in home markets, followed by a traditional 36-game regular season schedule that will begin Dec. 27 and conclude April 2.

Overall, the Herd will play 50 games throughout the 2021-22 season, with 24 home games at Oshkosh Arena.

The Showcase Cup is an innovative competition featuring all 29 G League teams and NBA G League Ignite that will culminate at the NBA G League Winter Showcase with the Showcase Cup Championship Game.

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Teams will be separated into four regional pods where they will play 12 games against one another in home markets to begin the 2021-22 season. The teams with the best winning percentage in each regional pod, as well as the four teams with the next-best winning percentage across the league, will go on to play for the Showcase Cup in a single-elimination tournament at the NBA G League Winter Showcase between Dec. 19-22. The winners and runners-up will compete for a trophy and a monetary prize pool. Teams that do not qualify for the Showcase Cup tournament will still play two additional games at the NBA G League Winter Showcase.

Following the Showcase Cup, all team records will reset, and beginning Dec. 27, all teams will then play a traditional 36-game regular season. The top six teams from each conference will make the 2022 playoffs, which will be based solely on winning percentage from the 36-game regular season.

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All Herd home games will tip off from Oshkosh Arena at 7 p.m., except for Sunday matinees with a variety of start times and the Herd’s School Days Matinee presented by BMO Harris Bank on Jan. 19 vs. Lakeland at 11:30 a.m. The Herd will play 12 of its 24 home games on the weekend (Friday, Saturday or Sunday), with 14 different opponents set to play in Oshkosh this season.

2021-22 season ticket memberships for the Herd are available now, beginning at $9 per game. To purchase season memberships, or for more information on the Herd, visit wisconsinherd.com or call a Herd sales representative at (920) 233-HERD. Single-game tickets for the 2021-22 season will go on sale in October.

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