Marquette Travels To No. 8/9 Wisconsin Saturday
Dec. 5, 2013
TV Info: Big Ten Network | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team (5-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) wraps up its five-game road swing Saturday afternoon at 1:15 p.m. CT when the squad travels to rival No. 8/9 Wisconsin (9-0, 0-0 Big Ten). The Big Ten Network will feature the television broadcast, with Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Mike Kelley (analyst) calling the action from courtside at the Kohl Center. Following Saturday's matchup with the Badgers, the Golden Eagles play three of their next four outings at the BMO Harris Bradley Center to conclude the non-conference portion of the 2013-14 campaign.
MU-UW Rivalry Reaches 120th 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 64-55 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 (119) 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 have claimed four of the previous six games, including a pair at the Kohl Center. The Badgers are 94-7 all-time under head coach Bo Ryan in non-league outings at home, with two of those losses coming to Marquette. In MU's most recent trip to Madison during the 2011-12 campaign, the team posted a 61-54 win on Dec. 3, 2011. Guard Todd Mayo chipped in 12 points off the bench in the victory.
MU Finds Shooting Touch In California
Marquette had struggled at the offensive end of the court through the first five games of the season, but fortunately found its shooting touch en route to a championship game appearance at the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy.
In the three games of the tourney, the Golden Eagles connected on 47.9 percent (81-of-169) of their opportunities from the field, which included a 16-of-42 (38.1 percent) effort from behind the 3-point line.
Entering last Thursday's matchup with Cal State Fullerton, MU was shooting just 38.7 percent from the field as a team and 22.3 percent from long distance.
Derrick Wilson Picks Up Scoring Production
Through the first four games of the season, junior guard Derrick Wilson contributed a total of just four points while settling into his role of starting point guard.
The Anchorage, Alaska, native has picked up his offensive production in recent outings, however, and is now in possession of two double-figure scoring games. Through the first four outings of the team's current five-game road trip, Wilson contributed 10.0 points per contest while shooting 50.0 percent (15-of-30) from the field and 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from the free throw line. His production in other areas hasn't suffered as a result of his scoring increase. Since the Arizona State game on Nov. 25, Wilson is averaging 4.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds per contest.
For the season, Wilson is chipping in 5.5 points, 4.4 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Burton's Outburst Against SDSU Includes Impressive Run
Marquette freshman forward Deonte Burton collected the best performance of his young career against San Diego St., nearly rallying MU for a victory in the title matchup of the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy.
The Milwaukee, Wis., native scored nine-straight points late in the second half en route to a career-best 15-point effort (entered game with 25 points in seven games) in just 16 minutes off the bench. Burton finished 6-of-8 from the floor, 3-of-4 from the charity stripe and also chipped in two steals, two blocks and a rebound.
In eight games this season, Burton is averaging 5.0 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in 11.4 minutes per night.
Marquette's Roster Sharing Minutes
Head coach Buzz Williams has experimented with a number of different player combinations through the first eight games, with some of the lineups coming from necessity due to foul trouble and others the result of specific game situations.
As a result, each of the 11 active scholarship players on the roster are averaging at least 10 minutes per contest. Only five teams (Alcorn St., Jacksonville, Mercer, Missouri St., UMBC) have more players (12) on the court for double-digit minutes in 2013-14. Junior guard Derrick Wilson paces the team with an average of 30.1 minutes per night, but only five players have been on the court for more than 20 minutes per game.
The shared playing time has allowed 11 players to collected at least one double-digit scoring game this season.