With the latest installment of the biggest rivalry in the State of Wisconsin upon us, Andrew Phillips of MarquetteHoops.com 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
(9-7), Lost in the first round of the NCAA's to 8th seeded Arizona
Series record with Marquette: Lead all time 61-51, with a
77-63 victory over Marquette last
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.
will be the 5th season that Badger senior Alando Tucker will be
due to a medical red shirt season.
#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
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
31% from beyond the arc, averaging 2.1 steals per game, a solid defender, will
get garbage points under the basket, is quick
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
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
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.
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
#32 Brian Butch: a 6'11 red-shirt junior from
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Key Bench Players:
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
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%
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
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
#32 Lazar Hayward: a 6'6" freshman forward from
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
**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.