Marquette vs. Wisconsin Game Preview

With the latest installment of the biggest rivalry in the State of Wisconsin upon us, Andrew Phillips of takes a look at the Marquette - Wisconsin game slated for this Saturday in Milwaukee.

2006-2007 Marquette v. Wisconsin Game Preview Notes


Location: Madison, WI

Mascot: Badgers

Conference: Big Ten

2005-2006 Record: 19-12 (9-7), Lost in the first round of the NCAA's to 8th seeded Arizona

2006-2007 Record: 8-1

Series record with Marquette: Lead all time 61-51, with a 77-63 victory over Marquette last season

Head Coach: Maurice "Bo" Ryan, in his 7th season at Wisconsin, has a 120-50 record, in 23 total years, has a 503-153 record with 353 wins coming at Division III Wisconsin-Platteville, and 30 at UW-Milwaukee. 

Interesting Note: This will be the 5th season that Badger senior Alando Tucker will be facing Marquette due to a medical red shirt season. 


Roster Comparison






#23 Kammron Taylor: a 6'2" senior from Minneapolis, MN.  Averaging 11.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, and 1.5 apg., is the Badgers premier outside shooter, having made 14-29 from beyond the arc amounting to 48% pace, however tends to be a very streaky outside shooter


#22 Michael Flowers: a 6'2" junior from Madison, WI.  Averaging 9.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, and 3.8 apg, is considered a solid defender, coming off a career high 21 points against Winthrop, shoots 31% from beyond the arc, averaging 2.1 steals per game, a solid defender, will get garbage points under the basket, is quick




#1 Dominic James: a 5'11" sophomore from Richmond, IN.  Averaging 17.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, and 4.2 apg, is the floor general for Marquette, can get to the rim at will using incredible speed and quickness, shooting 34% from beyond the arc, Pre-season Wooden Award Candidate, returning Big East Freshman of the Year


#22 Jerel McNeal: a 6'3" sophomore from Chicago, IL.  Averaging 13.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, and 3.4 apg, is the defensive force that creates havoc in the opponents passing lanes, is averaging 3.9 steals per game, applies terrific defensive pressure, can get out of control at times on offense and has a tendency to turn the ball over


#23 Wesley Matthews: a 6'5" sophomore from Madison, WI.  Averaging 12.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, and 2.6 apg, is an all around good player, shooting 32% from beyond the arc




McNeal-Taylor: Crean will use his defensive stopper McNeal to get Taylor's jock strap and prevent the senior guard from heating up outside the arc.


James-Flowers: One of the more intriguing match-ups pits the Badgers defensive stopper against Marquette's lightning quick James, look for an attempt to clog the lane in order to keep James and co. outside


Matthews: see below






#42 Alando Tucker: a 6'6" 5th year senior from Lockport, IL.  Averaging 19.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, and 2.0 apg, is undoubtedly the best player the Badgers have, is a mediocre free-throw shooter at 66% but has gotten to the line to attempt 63 ft's, shoots 34% from beyond the arc, is very strong to the basket, but can be stymied by keeping him out of the lane, Pre-Season Big Ten Player of the Year and Pre-Season Wooden Award Candidate


#32 Brian Butch: a 6'11 red-shirt junior from Appleton, WI.  Averaging  10.3 ppg and 6.1 rpg, is a good player, likes to play on the perimeter despite shooting 1-10, can bang down low but is not very athletic, former McDonald's All-American


#5 Jason Chappell: a 6'10 senior from New Berlin, WI.  Averaging 4.0 ppg and 3.4 rpg, is a solid role player for the Badgers, only gets 15.8 minutes per game, leads the Badgers in fouls with 20




#5 Dan Fitzgerald: a 6'9" junior from St. Paul, MN.  Averaging 6.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 1.0 apg, got his first start of the season against Delaware State, one of Marquette's main 3-point shooting options at a 39% pace, very versatile quick forward who fights for any ball on the floor and keeps many rebounds alive. 


#41 Ousmane Barro: a 6'10" junior from Dakar, Senegal.  Averaging 8.0 ppg and 7.1 rpg, also has 13 blocks, is a good player, but has disappeared the last two games after two double-doubles against Valpo and Northwestern State, is athletic and can guard well down low, has some trouble with big men who are athletic and can drive the lane




Fitzgerald-Tucker: Crean will put his more athletic 6'9" forward on the super athletic Tucker, also look for Lott, Burke, and Blackledge to match up with Tucker when they're in the game


Barro-Butch: Should be a great match-up between a former McDonald's All-American and a player who never played high school ball.  Barro has shown that he can play tough against other centers this season, having shut down Josh McRoberts in the MU-Duke game, Barro may be able to use his athleticism to beat Butch down low on the offensive blocks


Matthews-Chappell: Matthews goes on Chappell as a match-up challenge to Bo Ryan, attempting to force Chappell to beat MU rather than putting the smaller Matthews on Tucker, also allows MU to pressure the ball


Key Bench Players:                                                    




#12 Jason Bohannon: a 6'2" freshman guard from Marion, IA.  A much heralded 3 point shooter coming out of high school, is shooting only 27% from beyond the arc, but is seeing major minutes (17.8) off the bench, and is only shooting 32% from the field


#1 Marcus Landry: a 6'7" sophomore forward from Milwaukee, WI. Sat out the second half of the 2005-2006 season due to academic ineligibility, is averaging 4.1 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 14.4 minutes a game on 48% shooting


#45 Joe Krabbenhoft: a 6'7" sophomore combo forward from Sioux Falls, SD.  Is the Badgers 6th man, averaging 20.8 minutes per game, has 6.4 ppg and 5.8 rpg, will be a very big contributor for the Badgers and is a solid, do everything well player




#10 David Cubillan: a 6'0" freshman guard from Mara Caibo, Venezuela.  Is the first candidate off the bench to spell one of the big 3 guards, is shooting 51% from beyond the arc, also has 5.9 ppg and 2.2 apg and is seeing 19.9 minutes per game


#51 Jamil Lott: a 6'7" senior forward from St. Paul, MN.  Is Marquette's first "big man" substitute, averaging 3.1 ppg and 2.4 rpg, has started all but one of Marquette's games


#32 Lazar Hayward: a 6'6" freshman forward from Buffalo, NY.  A highly touted perimeter player, has yet to find his stroke from beyond the arc having only made 4 of 17 for 23%, but is still averaging 5.8 ppg and 3.2 rpg, can match up with power forward or strong forward


**Match-ups are the opinion of the writer and are based on speculation and observation of prior empirical evidence. Andrew Phillips is a senior majoring in Political Science.



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