Marquette Hosts Rival Wisconsin Saturday

Guard Derrick Wilson played a key role in the team's win at UW last season

Dec. 5, 2012

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The Marquette University men's basketball team (5-2) opens a two-game homestand Saturday evening when the squad welcomes rival Wisconsin (6-3) to the BMO Harris Bradley Center for a 5 p.m. CT opening tip. ESPN2 will feature Marquette's sixth national television broadcast of the campaign, with Dave O'Brien (play-by-play) and Dan Dakich (analyst) calling the action. Saturday's contests marks the 119th meeting between the two programs and begins a run of four home contests in five outings for the Golden Eagles.

MU-UW Rivalry Reaches 119th 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.

Wisconsin owns a 64-54 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 (118) in men's basketball than any other opponent in program history. Notre Dame and Marquette have met on 116 occasions dating back to 1920, the second-most matchups against any single opponent in the record book.

The Golden Eagles have claimed three of the previous five games, but were defeated by the Badgers 69-64 on Dec. 11, 2010 in the most recent contest at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

In 2011-12, MU posted a rare victory in Madison, escaping with a 61-54 win on Dec. 3. Guard Darius Johnson-Odom led all scorers with 17 points and Todd Mayo chipped in 14 points off the bench. Marquette held the Badgers to just 32.0 percent field goal shooting.

Blue Showing MU Fans He's Their Boy Early In 2012-13

Marquette's lone bright spot offensively in the loss at Florida was junior guard Vander Blue, who continued his run of strong play in recent outings.

The Madison, Wis., native finished with a game-high 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and also found time to contribute four rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes of action. He was the lone Marquette player to reach double figures in points, marking the first time since Jan. 20, 2010 only one MU competitor has scored 10-or-more points in a game. Forward Lazar Hayward had 14 points in a 51-50 loss at DePaul.

Blue is averaging 16.3 points in his last four outings (missed UMBC with knee injury) and shooting 49.1 percent (26-of-53) from the field and 7-of-14 (50.0 percent) from behind the 3-point line in a team-high 31.3 minutes per contest. He is also contributing 2.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds per outing in those matchups.

Wilson Responds To Suprise Minutes Against Gators

Backup point guard Derrick Wilson, who entered the game against Florida averaging 15.0 minutes per game, saw extended minutes versus the Gators after starter Junior Cadougan picked up two fouls in the game's opening minutes.

Wilson responded by netting a personal-best six points in 22 minutes off the bench. He finished 3-of-5 from the field and also chipped in two assists, two rebounds and a pair of steals.

For the season, the Anchorage, Alaska, native is contributing 2.1 points and 2.3 assists per contest in 16.0 minutes per contest. He is also in possession of a 2.86 assist-to-turnover ratio for his career, having collected a total of just 14 miscues in over 400 minutes of action.

Offense Struggles In Loss At No. 7/7 Florida

Marquette's offensive attack struggled the entire night at No. 7/7 Florida, resulting in an 82-49 setback to the Gators.

MU's 49 points were the fewest since the team dropped a 51-50 decision at DePaul on Jan. 20, 2010 in BIG EAST Conference action. The final margin of 33 points was the largest since the Golden Eagles fell 99-52 (47 points) at No. 12 Louisville on Jan. 26, 2005 in a Conference USA outing.

MU To Honor Former Coach Rick Majerus

The Marquette University men's basketball team will honor former assistant and head coach Rick Majerus by wearing a special patch on the squad's uniforms the remainder of the 2012-13 campaign. Majerus passed away last Saturday night at the age of 64.

The Wisconsin native was an assistant under Al McGuire and Hank Raymonds for 12 years (including 1977 national championship season) before taking over the head coaching duties at MU. He posted an overall record of 56-35 in three seasons and helped the program to a trio of National Invitation Tournament appearances. His 25-year head coaching career included 517 victories and 12 NCAA Tournament appearances (runner-up with Utah in 1998).

Fans in attendance at Saturday's Marquette-Wisconsin game will also recognize a moment of silence prior to the national anthem.




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