Game Day Grades: Marquette

MILWAUKEE - Another forgettable road game for Wisconsin, as the Badgers shot themselves out of a potential road victory at Marquette Saturday. Badger Nation hands out the grades.

Offense: D

Unable to get into any rhythm offensively, generate points in the paint or knock down perimeter shots, it's not hard to figure out why Wisconsin shot 32.7 percent (17-52) from the floor and 39.1 percent (9-23) from distance.

No one scored in double figures for the Badgers, Ryan Evans and Jared Berggren each had nine points. Ben Brust was second with eight points.

The Badgers had trouble taking care of the basketball with 13 turnovers, 10 of which came in the first half and led to plenty of fast-break opportunities for Marquette. Marquette played good defense for the most part but most of the Badgers' turnovers in the first half were simply poor and lazy passes. Traevon Jackson led the team with four turnovers.

The Badgers did hit the offensive glass hard with 14 rebounds (11 in the second half), but could only turned those in to 10 points.

Defense: C-

Wisconsin made it too easy at times for Marquette to get points. Marquette came out with intensity and wanted to get off to a quick start, which is did by opening the game on a 7-0 run. Wisconsin didn't put up much of a fight to slow down Marquette early, as the Golden Eagles finished 48.1 percent (25-52) from the floor. With Berggren and Kaminsky in foul trouble, the Badgers could protect the paint. Marquette was able to drop 36 points in the paint.

Three players for Marquette scored in double figures, including Junior Cadougan had 18 points, 14 of which came in the second half, and Vander Blue scoring 17. The Badgers had no answer for Blue in the first half, as he was able to drive and knock down his shot.

Wisconsin forced Marquette into 15 turnovers, but Wisconsin only could turn Marquette's turnovers into 11 points. Seven of the 15 turnovers were steals. Sam Dekker led the team with three.

Overall: D

Wisconsin played poor in the first half and that one was one of the things that cost them in the end. The other was free throw shooting. Wisconsin went 9-for-23 (39.1 percent) from the charity stripe, including 6-for-15 in the second half. Evans was a frequent visitor to the free throw line, but managed to knock down only one of his nine attempts.

The Badgers need a point guard to step up and soon. Although he had four assists, Jackson has to take care of the ball better, as four turnovers will lead to a permanent spot on the bench. Turning the ball over four times in the game it will lead Jackson to the bench. George Marshall played well in his 10 minutes off the bench scoring six points. He knocked down both of his three's.

Marquette did a good job of boxing out the Badgers and out muscling the Badgers for rebounds, winning the rebounding battle 39-35.

Game MVP: Jared Berggren. No one deserves the game MVP because nobody played well tonight or made a difference for the Badgers. But Berggren had nine points on 3-7 shooting; Berggren also had seven rebounds in the game.


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