Marquette-Wisconsin Preview

Wisconsin’s annual clash with Marquette usually settles state

bragging rights. On Saturday, however, the Badgers find themselves

trying to avoid a second consecutive loss to an intrastate rival as

they host the Golden Eagles.

The 20th-ranked Badgers (6-2) play Marquette (7-2),

Wisconsin-Green Bay and Wisconsin-Milwaukee ahead of Big Ten play

every season. Their first in-state matchup this season came

Wednesday and coach Bo Ryan’s team absorbed its first loss in 16

all-time meetings with Wisconsin-Green Bay, 88-84 in overtime.

Trevon Hughes scored a season-high 27 points before fouling out

and Jon Leuer added 26 and 10 rebounds for Wisconsin, which

committed 18 turnovers and allowed the Phoenix to make 9 of 18 from

3-point range.

“They made some tough twos early, but it was the threes that

really hurt us,” Ryan said. “The turnovers were guys trying to

hurry. We were pushing, trying to make some things happen and some

decisions got scattered.”

While Hughes has averaged 24.3 points in his last three games –

including 26 in a Dec. 2 win over then-No. 6 Duke – he has seven

turnovers over his last two games and has committed at least three

in six games. The senior guard will have to place a premium on

taking care of the ball against a Golden Eagles team that ranks

13th in Division I in steals at 10.8 per game.

“I think he’s playing with more confidence,” Marquette coach

Buzz Williams said of Hughes, averaging a team-high 18.0 points

after scoring 12.1 per game as a junior. “What he’s been able to do

in the third year I’ve been part of this is that he’s gotten

continually better and the number of sentences on the scouting

report has gotten longer.”

Marquette had 13 steals – four by Maurice Acker in his first

start of the season – in Tuesday’s 71-51 victory over

Wisconsin-Milwaukee, ending a two-game losing streak. Jimmy Butler

scored 19 points and Darius Johnson-Odom added 15 off the bench for

the Golden Eagles, who forced 20 turnovers and shot 52.0


Butler is averaging 16.4 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds

while shooting 62.3 percent. Lazar Hayward, who helped Ryan to a

third-place finish for the United States in the World University

Games at Serbia over the summer, leads the Golden Eagles in scoring

at 18.6 points per game.

“I’m sure coach Ryan will have something up his sleeve because

he’s a great coach and great competitor and I’ll have to be ready

for it,” said Hayward, held to nine points on 3-of-10 shooting in

Marquette’s 61-58 victory over Wisconsin last season.

Highly touted freshman Jeronne Maymon, who averages 4.0 points

and 4.1 rebounds, will make his first appearance in his native

Madison after choosing the Golden Eagles over the Badgers.

Wisconsin leads the 92-year-old rivalry 62-53, but Marquette is

trying for its first three-game winning streak in the series since

a four-game run from 1981-84.