The Mavs are trying to schedule the nationís top teams in the non conference now more than ever though, partly to grow the program and show the commitment to top tier D-1 hockey, and part because they need to strengthen their own schedule as much as possible to get into the NCAAs due to the bottom half of the WCHA.
Agreed, why schedule Wisconsin when you can play the following:
2018-2019: Minnesota, North Dakota, Boston University, and ASU/UMD/Clarkson
2017-2018: BU, SCSU, UMD, etc.
2016-2017: SCSU, MN, Princeton
2015-2016: SCSU (x3), MN(x3), UNO
2014-2015: UNO, UMD, Princeton, MN
2013-2014: Providence, UMD, SCSU, MN, UCONN
Thereís no need to get Wisconsin on the schedule.