Preview: #2 Wisconsin vs Marquette

Marquette returns to action after a six day lay off and plays rival Wisconsin, its third game against a Big 10 opponent this season. The Badgers lost to #4 Duke in Madison on Wednesday. Here are some game notes.

Marquette(4-3, 0-0 BE) vs. No.2 Wisconsin (7-1, 0-0 Big Ten)

Date/Time -Saturday, 11:30 a.m. Central

Arena –Bradley Center, Milwaukee WI

Television - CBS Marv Albert (play-by-play) and Greg Anthony (analyst)

Radio – Marquette Network ESPN 540 (Steve True and Jim McIlvaine);Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)

Series – Series 65-55 (Wisconsin leads , Marquette 39-27 in Milwaukee)

Last Meeting – Wisconsin won, 70-64, on December 2013 in Madison

Bo Ryan

Wisconsin Probable Starters

10 Nigel Hayes (6-8 Sophomore Forward, 12.4 ppg)

12 Traevon Jackson (6-3 Senior Guard, 10.5 ppg)

15 Sam Dekker (6-9 Junior Forward, 11.8 ppg)

21 Josh Gasser (6-4 Senior Guard, 6.0 ppg)

44 Frank Kaminsky (7-0 Senior Forward, 16.6 ppg)

Off the Bench

3 Zak Showalter (6-2 Sophomore Guard, 2.7 ppg)

13 Duje Dukan (6-10 Senior Forward, 7.8 ppg)

24 Bronson Koenig (6-4 Sophomore Guard, 4.3 ppg)

30 Vitto Brown (6-8 Sophomore Guard, 3.3 ppg)

Marquette Probable Starters

1 Duane Wilson(6-2 Freshman Guard 14.0 ppg)

13 Matt Carlino(6-1 Senior Guard, 13.1 ppg)

10 Juan Anderson (6-6 Senior Forward, 12.8 ppg)

25 Steve Taylor(6-7 Junior Center, 7.6 ppg)

12 Derrick Wilson(6-1 Senior PG, 6.4 ppg)

Off the Bench

30 Deonte Burton(6-4 Sophomore Forward, 6.9 ppg)

05 Sandy Cohen(6-5 Freshman Guard, 4.0 ppg)

23 JaJuan Johnson(6-3 Sophomore, 6.6 ppg)

2 John Dawson (6-3 Sophomore Guard, 0.0 ppg)

The Marquette University men’s basketball team (4-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) returns home Saturday morning to open a season-long five-game homestand when the squad faces rival No. 2/4 Wisconsin (7-1, 0-0 Big Ten) at 11:30 a.m. CT in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. CBS will feature Marquette’s seventh national television broadcast of the campaign, with Marv Albert (play-by-play) and Greg Anthony (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday’s action, Marquette will have a break in the schedule to focus on finals week before returning to action against Arizona State on Dec. 16 on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. CT.

Matt Carlino scored 38 pts vs Georgia Tech and 14pts vs Michigan State last week in Orlando.

MU-UW Rivalry Reaches 121st All-Time Meeting

Marquette’s all-time series with Wisconsin dates back to 1917, with the first meeting coming in just MU’s second season of competition.

Wisconsin owns a 65-55 edge in the previous matchups, with each squad enjoying an extended run of success at various points in the series. Marquette’s best streak came between 1969 and 1984 when the team claimed 15-straight wins and 19-of-21 overall.

MU has met Wisconsin more times (120) than any other opponent in program history. Notre Dame and Marquette have met on 118 occasions dating back to 1920, the second-most matchups against any single opponent in the record book.

The Golden Eagles own a 39-27 advantage in the series when played in Milwaukee, including a 60-50 victory at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Dec. 8, 2012 in UW’s last visit. The Badgers posted a 70-64 decision in the most recent matchup last season in the Kohl Center. Senior forward Jamil Wilson led all scorers with 22 points, but Marquette’s late rally came up short.

Marquette Looking For More Wins Against Top Programs

The Golden Eagles are 112-174 all-time against programs ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 at the time of the respective matchup, including a pair of setbacks to Big Ten opponents Ohio State (Nov. 18) and Michigan State (Nov. 28) this season.

The program is 2-11 all-time in outings against the No. 2 team in the land and will have another chance to pick up a win on Saturday with the No. 2/4 Badgers in town. MU downed No. 2 Kentucky in the 1955 NCAA tournament and defeated second-ranked UConn on Jan. 3, 2006 at home in the program’s first-ever BIG EAST Conference game. Forward Steve Novak finished with 41 points and 16 rebounds in that outing.

The Golden Eagles dropped a 93-82 decision UConn on Feb. 25, 2009 in their most recent contest against the No. 2 team.

Marquette’s lone victory (1-8 all-time) against the No. 1-ranked team came against Kentucky in the 2003 Elite Eight and resulted in MU’s last trip to the Final Four. The team is 41-107 against teams ranked in the top-10.

Coach Steve Wojciechowski says at his press conference today:

[Did you watch Duke vs WI game last night?]Wojo: "I did. Thought it was a heck of a college game to watch. Probably as high a level college basketball game that has been played this yr. Two outstanding teams programs and coaches. As a fan, game was fun to watch…but for the fact that we had to scout Wisconsin. …One of the best two or three teams in the country.

[6 full days to prepare for MU while UW played Duke] We did have a little break which was needed after a heck of a stretch for us[6 games in 10 days]…some of the preparation was just getting our bodies in order…not so much the physical but the emotional preparation as well. We have studied... Wisconsin is as good as anyone out there in the United States. They create problems in a whole host of areas. Their experience, their size, their skill, are all very unique to the college game. They returned pretty much everyone from a Final Four team. They have two guys in Kaminsky and Dekker who most people have up for preseason first team All Americans. That does not even bring up their other good players. This will be a huge test for us. But these are the reasons why you come to Marquette, to play in these games like this against outstanding programs. Our guys are preparing and we will be ready to play and fight on Saturday afternoon.

[Rivalry game is this something different?] You want to prepare for all games like it is a national championship. Best preparation habit you can. Prepare the same way for Wisconsin as you would for Tenn. However, there are games that the intensity can bring out more from you …puts you on a stage where you can reach another level. Hopefully we will find it as a group. We have been battle tested already against good teams and good coaches. This is the best team we have faced.

Frank Kaminsky

[Does Wisconsin bring a unique set of problems given their size and ability to shoot?] They have a monstrous lineup....they are one of the top 5 teams in the country in terms of size….they have guys with size who have tremendous skill and mobility...….we are one of the smallest teams…340th in terms of size. We are by far the smallest team in the power 6 conferences….I am not one to make excuses. We have to be scrappy, we have to team rebound, we have to be together, and we have to play to win.

[You changed your defense from man to zone…what will you use vs UW?] We have to be a pitcher that throws multiple pitches. We are not able to be like Duke and throw just fast balls the whole game. We have throw fast balls, we have to throw change ups.. to mix it up…may be throw some knuckle balls…we will have to change it up. We will play zone in spots but I also anticipate us playing man. we will have to change it up…maybe multiple change ups

[Duane Wilson’s progress…he scored 30 vs Tenn last Sunday] I have been incredibly encouraged. I have been around a lot of good players as a player…as a coach at Duke and the Olympics. When the lights go on, he takes his game to another level. For a freshman to have 30, in a huge win. it does not happen often. Not here since a guy named Dwyane Wade...not saying he is going to be Dwyane Wade....

[Did you speak to Coach K today?] I talked to Coach a lot...known him for 20 yrs. After talking to him this morning, hearing him tell us how good Wisconsin was. I was hoping for some tips rather than praise of how good they are. [He said] When you watch tape you see how big they are but when you see them in person you see how much space they take up. They make you take tough shots. You take shots that are good shots and you have guys like 6-9 Sam Dekker closing out on you. He was wildly complimentary of Wisconsin and Coach Ryan. But I know who he is rooting for on Saturday

You get in trouble when you start pressing on offense and you take quicker or more contested shots. I want our guys to enjoy being in a competitive moment like this but I also want them to stay in character.

[How can you simulate the Swing in practice?]… We cannot put a scout team together to learn the intricacies of the swing offense. We need to compete and make everything they do tougher.


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