Marquette Hosts Rival No. 2/4 Wisconsin Saturday

Marquette and Wisconsin will be meeting for the 121st time on Saturday.
Dec. 4, 2014

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The Marquette University men’s basketball team (4-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) returns home Saturday morning to open a season-long five-game homestand when the squad faces rival No. 2/4 Wisconsin (7-1, 0-0 Big Ten) at 11:30 a.m. CT in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. CBS will feature Marquette’s seventh national television broadcast of the campaign, with Marv Albert (play-by-play) and Greg Anthony (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday’s action, Marquette will have a break in the schedule to focus on finals week before returning to action against Arizona State on Dec. 16 on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. CT.

MU-UW Rivalry Reaches 121st All-Time Meeting

Marquette’s all-time series with Wisconsin dates back to 1917, with the first meeting coming in just MU’s second season of competition.

The Last Meeting
December 7, 2013
Madison, Wis.
No. 8/9 Wisconsin Holds Off Marquette, 70-64
Sam Dekker had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 8 Wisconsin withstood a late Marquette rally for a 70-64 victory Saturday that snapped its two-game losing streak in the intrastate rivalry.

Wisconsin owns a 65-55 edge in the previous matchups, with each squad enjoying an extended run of success at various points in the series. Marquette’s best streak came between 1969 and 1984 when the team claimed 15-straight wins and 19-of-21 overall.

MU has met Wisconsin more times (120) than any other opponent in program history. Notre Dame and Marquette have met on 118 occasions dating back to 1920, the second-most matchups against any single opponent in the record book.

The Golden Eagles own a 39-27 advantage in the series when played in Milwaukee, including a 60-50 victory at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Dec. 8, 2012 in UW’s last visit. The Badgers posted a 70-64 decision in the most recent matchup last season in the Kohl Center. Senior forward Jamil Wilson led all scorers with 22 points, but Marquette’s late rally came up short.

Marquette Looking For More Wins Against Top Programs

The Golden Eagles are 112-174 all-time against programs ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 at the time of the respective matchup, including a pair of setbacks to Big Ten opponents Ohio State (Nov. 18) and Michigan State (Nov. 28) this season.

The program is 2-11 all-time in outings against the No. 2 team in the land and will have another chance to pick up a win on Saturday with the No. 2/4 Badgers in town. MU downed No. 2 Kentucky in the 1955 NCAA tournament and defeated second-ranked UConn on Jan. 3, 2006 at home in the program’s first-ever BIG EAST Conference game. Forward Steve Novak finished with 41 points and 16 rebounds in that outing. The Golden Eagles dropped a 93-82 decision UConn on Feb. 25, 2009 in their most recent contest against the No. 2 team.

Marquette’s lone victory (1-8 all-time) against the No. 1-ranked team came against Kentucky in the 2003 Elite Eight and resulted in MU’s last trip to the Final Four. The team is 41-107 against teams ranked in the top-10.

BIG EAST Off To Quick Start In 2014-15

Through games of Dec. 3, the 10 BIG EAST Conference teams have combined to collect an overall record of 52-12 (.812) against outside competition (Butler-Georgetown played in Battle4Atlantis).

League teams have already picked up five victories against nationally ranked opponents and three squads claimed tourney titles. Villanova won the Legends Classic, Seton Hall finished first at the Paradise Jam and Providence claimed the championship at the Hall of Fame Classic.

Villanova is ranked 10th in the latest Associated Press poll and Butler is 23rd. Five other programs are receiving votes in at least one of the national rankings.

Duane Wilson Named BIG EAST Rookie Of The Week

Freshman guard Duane Wilson was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon.

Wilson, who redshirted in 2013-14 after suffering an injury in the preseason, earned the accolade for the first time in his young career. The last freshman to capture the award for Marquette was Vander Blue on Dec. 13, 2010.

The Milwaukee, Wis., native helped MU to a 3-1 record by averaging 17.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in the four games last week. He shot 47.7 percent (21-of-44) from the field overall and 19-of-22 (.864) from the free throw line. His week was highlighted by a career-best 30-point effort in the win over Tennessee.

30-Point Games Rare In Recent Marquette History

Senior guard Matt Carlino and freshman guard Duane Wilson each collected 30-point efforts over a three-game span at the Orlando Classic.

Carlino netted a tournament record 38 points in the win over Georgia Tech (Nov. 27) and Wilson chipped in 30 points in the Nov. 30 victory against Tennessee.

Carlino’s point total was the highest by a Marquette player since Steve Novak poured in 41 points against No. 2 UConn in 2005-06 in the team’s first BIG EAST Conference outing. Wilson is the first freshman to score 30-or-more points since All-America selection Dwyane Wade did it twice in 2001-02 in his first season on campus. Wade scored 35 points against DePaul (Jan. 19, 2002) and 30 points versus Tennessee (Nov. 21, 2001).

Since the 2001-02, 10 different players have finished with 30-or-more points in a game on a total of 21 times. The list includes Carlino, Wilson, Wade, Novak, Vander Blue, Jimmy Butler, Wesley Matthews, Jerel McNeal, Ryan Amoroso and Travis Diener (seven times).

The last time Marquette had more than one player score 30 points in a game in one year came in 2008-09 when Matthews finished with 30 against Tennessee and McNeal collected 30 versus Missouri in the NCAA tournament.




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