Preview: Milwaukee

Marquette returns to the Bradley Center after suffering their first loss of the season.

After suffering their first defeat of the season against LSU on Monday night, Marquette returns to the Bradley Center Thursday night to play city rival Milwaukee.

After starting the game with a 13-0 run on Monday, the Golden Eagles were outscored by 21 the rest of the way in a 67-59 road loss at LSU. MU shot just 36 percent from the field and turned the ball over 14 times.

Meanwhile, the Panthers are coming off an 86-50 victory over Nebraska Omaha. Sitting at 9-3 on the season, they surprised many by only losing to Wisconsin by six in their meeting with the Badgers on December 13.

The Panthers are led offensively by senior guard Kaylon Williams, who is averaging 12 points and 6 assist per game this season, and senior forward Tony Meier who is averaging 11 points and 4 rebounds per game.

While Darius Johnson-Odom and Kaylon Williams provide their team's offensive sparks, don't be surprised if the matchup between Jae Crowder and Tony Meier becomes the key for each team.

Meier has played well for the Panthers during big games, scoring 20 in UWM's victory against DePaul and 15 in their loss to Wisconsin. Meier stands at six-feet-eight-inches, but primarily takes his shot attempts from beyond the arc.

It will be interesting to see if Meier and teammate James Haarsma are extra physical against Marquette since Chris Otule is still injured. Haarsma leads Milwaukee in rebounding at just over seven per game.

Marquette will try to control and push the tempo and move the ball around on offense. UWM's inconsistency at the free throw line this season (59% as a team) may allow Marquette to play more physical around the rim.

UWM has already proven they can give ranked teams a game and with high aspirations to get their first win over Marquette, the Golden Eagles should not take UWM lightly.

For the most part, Marquette's offense has been dominant this year averaging 81.7 points and 18.4 assists per game, but one thing Head Coach Buzz Williams will be looking to see improved Thursday night is his bench play, which only had 4 points Monday night against LSU.

Marquette has won every game they have played against UWM since their first meeting in the 1916-1917 season. The Golden Eagle's 38-0 record against the Panthers the second longest active winning streak by one opponent over another

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