Preview: Wisconsin vs. Marquette

With the road team winning the last two games in the series, Wisconsin looks to make it three when it travels east on I-94 to take on Big East and in-state rival Marquette on Saturday.

NR/22 Wisconsin (6-1) vs. 25/NR Marquette (6-1)

Date/Time - Saturday, Dec. 6 at 8:30 p.m. Central

Arena – Bradley Center (18,550)

Television - ESPNU (Lou Canellis, Mike Kelley and Melissa Knowles)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas)

Series – UW Leads 62-52

Last Meeting - Marquette won, 81-76, on December 8, 2007 in Madison

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 13.3 ppg - leads team in blocks (17) and steals (9))

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 13.9 ppg - scored in double figures five of seven games)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 9.7 ppg - scored in double figures in four of seven games)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 7.1 ppg - leads team in rebounds (41) and assists (22))

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 4.6 ppg - career-high 11 points against UCONN)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard , 0.9 ppg - averaging 15 minutes per game)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 4.9 ppg - has played the fifth-most minutes in 2008)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 9.9 ppg - leads the Big Ten in three-point shooting)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 2.4 ppg - has played in all seven games this season)

Marquette Probable Starters

1 Dominic James (Senior Guard, 11,7 ppg - leads team in assists per game (5.6) and steals per game (2.7))

12 Dwight Burke (Senior Forward, 2.0 ppg)

22 Jerel McNeal (Senior Guard, 17.4 ppg - leads the team with 31 minutes played)

23 Wesley Matthews (Senior Guard, 22.0 ppg - shooting 50 percent from the floor and 88 percent from the free throw line)

32 Lazar Haywood (Junior Forward, 16,7 ppg - leads the team with 9.1 rebounds per game)

Off the Bench

2 Maurice Acker (Junior Guard, 4.4 ppg)

10 David Cubillan (Junior Guard, 4.7 ppg)

33 Jimmy Butler (Sophomore Guard, 4.7 ppg)

Last Time Out

Trevon Hughes help thwart a 30-point effort from Hokie senior A.D. Vassallo by hitting a falling jumper with .9 seconds left to give the Badgers a 74-72 victory Monday at Virginia Tech.

The Badgers had four players in double figures and were led by senior Marcus Landry's 18 points. Sophomore Jon Leuer contributed 17 points with Hughes scoring 12 and Bohannon 11.

Being out rebounded 26-22 and out scored in the paint 22-18 by the Hokies, Wisconsin (6-1) needed to find another way to get its scoring production. The Badgers found it on the perimeter.

Wisconsin shot 12-for-18 (66.7 percent) from three-point range, including a perfect 4-for-4 from Marcus Landry and three second-half 3-pointers from Jason Bohannon, who finally got on target with his perimeter shot.

Series Notes:

This will be the 115th meeting between Wisconsin and Marquette, making MU the Badgers' most-played non-conference rival

UW leads the all-time series 62-52, and is 26-38 in Milwaukee

Wisconsin has won seven of the last 10 meetings, winning by an average of 10.7 ppg, and the Badgers have claimed victories at Marquette in three of their last five trips

UW forward Keaton Nankivil and MU guard Wesley Matthews were prep teammates at Madison Memorial

One or both teams have been ranked at the time of the game in nine of the last 11 seasons

Wisconsin Notes:

Wisconsin has the third-longest road winning streak in the nation at seven-straight games. Only Memphis (18) and North Carolina (14) own longer active streaks. The Badgers are also 18-5 (.783) in road contests since 2006-07, which is the third-best road winning percentage in the nation over the last three seasons. Only Memphis (19-2) and North Carolina (21-4) own better records as visitors over that time span.

Wisconsin is shooting at a .429 clip from behind the 3-point arc, which ranks second in the Big Ten. Individually, UW boasts three of the top eight 3-point shooters in the conference. Sophomore Jon Leuer leads the Big Ten, shooting .875 (7-of-8) from deep, while junior Trévon Hughes is fourth, making 14-of-26 (.538) from 3-point range. Marcus Landry has connected on 9-of-19 (.474) from downtown, which ranks eighth in the conference.

The Badgers shot 66.7 percent (12-of-18) from 3-point range vs. Virginia Tech, which ties as the fifth-highest single-game performance in the nation this season. That was UW's highest mark since shooting .600 vs. Gardner-Webb (12/27/06).

Marquette Notes:

Wesley Matthews currently owns 1,186 career points and will soon pass the total collected by his father, Wesley Sr., at the University of Wisconsin. The elder Matthews netted 1,251 career points for the Badgers, which ranks 14th on the school's all-time list. Selected in the first round of the 1980 NBA Draft, the senior Matthews was able to tally his scoring mark in just three years.

Marquette leads the conference with a scoring average of 87.9 points per game. That mark, which includes a pair of 100-point efforts in back-to-back games (vs. Chicago State, vs. Milwaukee), currently ranks eighth in the nation through games of Dec. 3.

The Golden Eagles knocked down 31-of-38 free throws en route to an 81-67 victory over Central Michigan. Senior Wesley Matthews led four MU players in double figures with 18 points.

MU's quick offensive start has been a team effort, with at least three players reaching double figures in every game. As many as five Golden Eagles have reached the 10-point plateau in a single contest this year.


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