Remembering the Battles of I-94

When No.20 Wisconsin takes on Marquette this Saturday, it will kick off one of the most highly-anticipated, bitter in-state match-ups in the country. It will also mark an important crossroads for UW, who will be looking to bounce back from an upset loss to Green Bay and avoid its first three-game losing streak in the series since 1981-84. Badger Nation looks at the two teams' recent history.

No.14 Marquette at Wisconsin

Final score: 86-73 Wisconsin on Dec. 22, 2001

Marquette was on fire to start the 2001 season, starting off 9-0 under third year head coach Tom Crean, winning by an average of 26.2 points per game. Wisconsin, on the other hand, was struggling under first-year head coach Bo Ryan, starting off 4-6 and still trying to find some team chemistry. With Bo's Boys facing their first ranked opponent of the season, the Badgers came to life, thanks to junior Kirk Penney.

Penney, who was named co-Big Ten Player of the Week for his performance against Marquette, poured in 33 points on 13-17 shooting (including 5-6 from beyond the arc), to lead the Badgers to the biggest win over Marquette since 1978 and their fourth-straight win in the series.

Penney scored a career-high 33 points on 13-17 as Wisconsin never trailed, building a 20-point second-half lead. MU did cut the lead to one with 7:22 left in the game, but UW responded with a 9-0 run and allowed Marquette just one field goal the rest of the way. Penney's 33 points were the most by a Badger in 108 games against MU.

Freshman Mike Wilkinson chipped in with a double-double, registering then-career highs in both points (16) and rebounds (12) as Freddie Owens added 14 and Devin Harris scored 11.

The Badgers scored 86 points (their second-highest output of the year), made 58.0 percent (29-50) of their shots and 64 percent (9-14) of their three-point attempts

Marquette, who entered the game giving up an average of just 55.8 points, was led by 23 points from sophomore Dwyane Wade and 16 points from senior Cordell Henry.

Marquette finished the year 26-7 and finished second in Conference USA and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Wisconsin finished 19-13, won the Big Ten Championship and lost to eventual national champion Maryland in the second round.

Wisconsin at No.16 Marquette

Final score: 63-54 Marquette on Dec. 14, 2002

Dwyane Wade and Tom Crean got their revenge.

The Marquette junior was too good in front of the 18,677 screaming fans at the Bradley Center. Wade scored a game-high 25 points on 64 percent shooting to lead the Golden Eagles to a nine-point victory. Despite trailing by one at halftime, Marquette was torrid shooting the ball in the second half, shooting 52 percent for the game and out rebounded Wisconsin 30-27.

The Badgers never found the shooting touch, shooting 36.5 percent (19-for-52), 5-for-19 from three-point range and only got to the free-throw line 15 times. The Badgers were led by sophomore Devin Harris's 17 points and freshman Alando Tucker chipped in with 10.

Marquette won the Conference USA regular season crown finishing with a 14-2 in conference record, finished 27-5 in the regular season and advanced to the Final Four. Wisconsin also had a highly-successful season, winning its second straight Big Ten title and losing to Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen. Should UW have won, the Badgers would have squared off with Marquette in Minneapolis for the right to go to the Final Four.

No.23 Marquette at No. 22 Wisconsin

Final score: 63-59 Wisconsin on Dec. 20, 2003

The biggest nail-biter in the Bo Ryan era, Wisconsin, despite being 10-point underdogs, had to battle for 40 minutes and sweat a couple of late three-point attempts before earning a four-point victory in Madison.

Marquette started the game with a flurry, scoring the first nine points of the game and started out with a 13-4 lead. Wisconsin battled back and rattled off a 28-19 run to tie the game at 32 at halftime.

After Mike Wilkinson made a layup early in the second half to take a 39-37 lead, the Badgers led the rest of the way, but never led by more than seven.

With the score 59-58 with 64 seconds left, Alando Tucker, making his third start of the season after recovering from a broken foot, knocked in two of his team-high 17 points to give UW a three-point advantage with 50 seconds left. After the two teams traded a free throw, Marquette, down three, gave the ball to sharpshooter Steve Novak. Fortunately for UW, Novak was off and Tucker hauled in the rebound and made one free throw to seal the Badger win.

Golden Eagles junior Travis Diener hit four-three-pointers in route to a game-high 19 points. Novak chipped in with 12.

Wisconsin shot only 39 percent from the floor and shot 1-for-12 from three-point range, but won on the free throw line. UW went 22-for-32 from the line while the Eagles only went 6-for-9.

Devin Harris chipped in with 15 points, as well.

Marquette finished the regular season 17-11 and advanced to the third round of the NIT tournament. Wisconsin (25-7) finished in a tie for second in the Big Ten but beat Illinois to win the Big Ten tournament championship. The Badgers played the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament in Milwaukee but never got going in their two games, losing to Pittsburgh in the second round.

No. 24 Wisconsin at Marquette

Final score: 63-54 Marquette on Dec. 11, 2004

Playing its third road game in 15 days when it visited Marquette and without the full services of senior forward Mike Wilkinson, who was battling a lower leg injury, Wisconsin was no match for the hot shooting Travis Diener and the Badgers fell for the second straight time to an undefeated Marquette-squad in Milwaukee.

Although his game status was in question after being plagued by a nagging ankle injury, Diener was unconscious from the floor. The senior scored a game-high 29 points in 32 minutes on 9-for-20 shooting and 5-for-12 from behind the arc. Helping Marquette jump out to a 12-1 lead, Diener scored 10 of the Golden Eagles first 12 points and at one point was nearly out scoring UW, as he had 21 to UW's 23 points.

The lead swelled to 40-23 early in the second half before the Badgers eventually cut the lead to six with 55 seconds left, but could get no closer.

Wisconsin got 13 points from Alando Tucker but struggled without Wilkinson. With Wilkinson limited to just two points in 23 minutes, the Badgers had no post presence and were out rebounded 44-28, including 14-4 on the offensive glass.

Despite the season 14-2, Marquette went 5-9 down the stretch and lost in the first round of the NIT tournament at home to Western Michigan by 14. The Badgers, meanwhile, bounced back to win 25 games and advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2000, losing to eventual national champion North Carolina by only six.

Marquette at Wisconsin

Final score: 77-63 Wisconsin on Dec. 10, 2005

Playing his final game against one of his hometown teams, Milwaukee-native Ray Nixon scores a career-high 15 points in 32 minutes to help the Badgers cruise to a suspense-less 14-point victory. The win was the 100th victory at Wisconsin for Bo Ryan.

Marquette opened the game shooting 12-of-20 (.600) from the field and held a 25-21 lead with 7:02 to go in the first half. From that point on though, Wisconsin outscored the Golden Eagles 56-38 and limited them to 12-of-44 (.273) shooting. The Badgers closed the half on a 23-6 run and never led by less than 10 points in the final 18:03 of the game.

Junior Kammron Taylor had a game high 18 points and 10 points from Jason Chappell, as the Badgers survived without much help for Alando Tucker, who shot only 2-for-8 from the field.

The Badgers scored at least 70 points in the first eight games of the season; the first time UW started the season with eight 70-point games since 1967-68.

Much like the winner of the game being different than a season before, the fate of the two teams the rest of the season was a direct flip flop. Marquette finished the year 20-10 and made the NCAA tournament in its first year in the Big East, losing in the first round to Alabama, while Wisconsin struggled to a 19-12 finish (the first-non 20-win season under Ryan) and lost five of its last six games, including a 19-point defeat to Arizona in the NCAA tournament.

No. 11 Wisconsin at No. 17 Marquette

Final score: 70-66 Wisconsin on Dec. 9, 2006

In his fifth and final game, Tucker saved his best performance against Marquette for last, leading all scorers with 28 points in 36 minutes that proved to be too much for the Golden Eagles to handle.

Tucker made 13-of-22 field goal attempts, but it was the key plays down the stretch that made his performance legendary. With the Badgers comfortably ahead by 10 with less than four minutes to go, Marquette cut the lead to 62-58 with 90 seconds to go. As soon as the bucket went down, Tucker took it coast-to-coast along the baseline for the easy layup and took the wind out of Marquette's sails.

"They made a ton of shots and they played extremely well," Crean said after the game. "We didn't do a very good job of guarding (him) on the dribble. It's hard to guard him, but he really hurt us on his drives."

In addition to senior Kammron Taylor's 13 points, the Badgers big contributions came from two underclassmen. Sophomore Marcus Landry scored a then-season-high 11 points and adding a career-best four blocked shots. Landry made 5-of-8 field goals and added four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 20 minutes.

Freshman guard Trevon Hughes played a career-high 18 minutes, registering personal bests with five rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Marquette was led by Dominic James (19 points) and Jerel McNeal (16) but the Badgers, despite 22 turnovers, left Milwaukee with their first road win over a top-20 opponent since January 1999.

Marquette, despite the loss, had a solid season, going 21-4 before hitting a road block, going 3-5 down the stretch and losing to Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Wisconsin, meanwhile, went 30-6 and reached number one in the Associated Press poll for the first time in program history. UW finished 13-3 and second in the Big Ten and second in the Big Ten tournament, both runner up to Ohio State. Unfortunately, UW's season ended in the second round of the tournament, losing by six to UNLV in Chicago.

No. 11 Marquette at Wisconsin

Final score: 81-76 Marquette on Dec. 8, 2007

Wisconsin saw its 28-game home court winning streak, the third-longest streak in the country, end as Marquette broke a four-game road losing streak to Wisconsin and gave Crean his first win in his last game in Madison.

The Golden Eagles pulled away down the stretch thanks to junior Dominic James. James scored a game-high 20 points as Marquette's guard-oriented line up was too much for the Badgers, as UW committed 18 turnovers, were out-rebounded 41-34 and the Golden Eagles made more free throws, a stat very uncommon with a Bo Ryan team.

Marquette also got double-digit scoring outputs from Jerel McNeal (14 points), Dwight Burke (12) and Lazar Hayward (11). The Badgers were led by Brian Butch's 17 points and got 16 from Trevon Hughes and 14 from Michael Flowers, as the Badgers shot 49 percent from the floor.

After beating Kentucky in the first round, Marquette (25-10) fell by one in overtime to Stanford in the NCAAs second round. The Badgers on the other hand won 30 games for the second straight year, won the Big Ten regular season and tournament championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time under Ryan.

Wisconsin vs. No.25 Marquette

Final score: 61-58 Marquette on Dec. 6, 2008

After UW broke from the recent norm to win back-to-back games in the series, McNeal helped Marquette return the favor. McNeal scored 26 timely points, including 14 straight points to help the Golden Eagles pull ahead in the second half. While Wisconsin had led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but were mostly outworked in all significant areas.

The Badgers were shot 53.8 percent from the free throw line, were out worked Wisconsin on the glass and had an assist-to-turnover ratio was 9-to-16, with most of the bumbles coming in key late-game situations. Trevon Hughes led the Badgers in scoring, but could only manage 14 points.

"We had our opportunities and we just didn't take advantage of them," senior Joe Krabbenhoft said at the time.

The remainder of the season was a mixed bag for both schools. Marquette (25-10) rose to number eight in the nation, but lost its final four Big East games (all against ranked teams) to finish in fifth place in the conference. Marquette had to hold on as a sixth-seed in the NCAA Tournament first round, beating Utah State by one, before losing a four-point decision to No.3 Missouri.

Wisconsin (20-13) rebounded from a tough conference season, losing six straight games at one point to make the field of 65 as a No.12 seed. The always dangerous seed, UW pulled the upset in the first round over Florida State in overtime on a game-winning shot by Hughes. As was the case for most of the season, however, the Badgers suffered a second-half collapse against Xavier in the second round, getting bounced from the tournament.

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