Wis.-Green Bay-Marquette Preview
Marquette’s prolific offense is aided by its depth, but that
could be challenged following the loss of one of its starters.
The 11th-ranked Golden Eagles will try to remain undefeated
Saturday night when they host Wisconsin-Green Bay without starting
center Chris Otule.
Marquette is looking to improve to 9-0 for the first time since
2004-05. The Golden Eagles extended their streak with another
thrilling win Tuesday, defeating Washington 79-77 at Madison Square
Coming off a 61-54 victory at then-No. 9 Wisconsin last
Saturday, Marquette couldn’t pull away against the Huskies. The
game featured 15 lead changes and four ties over the final 12
Jae Crowder hit a 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds remaining and the
Golden Eagles held on despite losing Otule in the opening minutes
to an ACL injury. The 6-foot-11 Otule is averaging 5.0 points, 4.4
rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots in about 18 minutes per game.
“I think I did a poor job of helping our team when Chris Otule
got hurt because that changes how you have to guard ball screens,”
coach Buzz Williams said. “But I thought once we kind of got into
the groove, we were better.”
It’s unclear how long Otule will be out. His absence – along
with that of freshman forward Juan Anderson, who was injured in
practice Thursday – leaves Marquette without much size inside, but
it still has plenty of talent that can run the ball.
The Golden Eagles average 83.5 points – 12th in the country –
and have four players with at least 9.8 per game. Darius
Johnson-Odom, who had 23 against Washington, is averaging a
Marquette has also had some good performances off the bench.
Freshman guard Todd Mayo has scored in double figures each of the
last three games, getting 11 against the Huskies, while sophomore
Davante Gardner is averaging 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds.
Gardner is one possibility to get his first collegiate start in
place of Otule.
Williams said the Golden Eagles were looking forward to getting
some rest after playing the last two away from Milwaukee.
Marquette, which plays its next two at the Bradley Center, is
averaging 92.7 points while holding teams to 53.7 per game during a
3-0 home start.
For Green Bay (4-5), it will be the team’s second straight game
against a ranked, in-state opponent after it fell 70-42 at No. 14
Wisconsin on Wednesday. The Phoenix shot 32.1 percent and had 16
“Each half, we started off with turnovers and it killed us,”
said coach Brian Wardle, who was the third-leading scorer in
Marquette history when he graduated in 2001. “Wisconsin penalized
us for that – 21 points off turnovers; we had zero off that. You’re
going to lose to a really good team in their arena by 25-30 if you
Green Bay hasn’t helped itself with much hot shooting. It’s
hitting 39.0 percent from the field, ranking outside the top 300
Alec Brown, a 7-foot-1 center, had a team-high 10 points
Wednesday while Brennan Cougill added six points and eight rebounds
off the bench. The 6-foot-9 Cougill, who began his collegiate
career at Iowa, is averaging 7.2 points and is second on the team
to Brown with 5.9 rebounds per game.
The Phoenix lost 89-69 at Marquette last season in the first
meeting between the schools since 1996. Marquette guard Vander Blue
had 14 points in that victory, and is averaging 10.5 this