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No. 2 Wisconsin favored big at Marquette
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Published: 12/6/2014  at  4:57:00 AM
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WISCONSIN BADGERS (7-1)

at MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES (4-3)

BMHO Harris Bradley Center - Milwaukee, WI
Tip-off: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
Line: Marquette -9.5

No. 2 Wisconsin will look to bounce back from its first loss of the season as the Badgers travel to take on in-state rival, Marquette.

The Golden Eagles (4-3 ATS, 4-2 OVER) are looking to exact some revenge from last seasonís game, as the Badgers (6-2 ATS, 5-3 UNDER) won the game 70-64. The Badgers were led by Sam Dekker, who finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the game. Marquette has had its struggles all time against the No. 2 team in the country, as the Golden Eagles are 2-11 in those games. This game is the 121st matchup in the programís history, with the Badgers leading the all-time series, 65-55. For Wisconsin, the Badgers will look to bounce back from a tough loss to Duke. The last time the Badgers went to Marquette, they lost 70-60. The normally stingy Wisconsin defense struggled to stop the Badgers, allowing them to shoot 65 % from the field, the third highest by a road team against a top 5 team in the past 15 years.

The Badgers have been average when it comes to the offensive end of the ball, ranking 29th in shooting (49 % from the field), ranking 84th in scoring (74.0 PPG), while also ranking 100th in assists (14.4 APG). Leading the way for the Badgers is All-American candidate C Frank Kaminsky (16.6 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 2.1 BPG), who has the ability to score both in the paint and outside (42% threes), making it difficult for opposing centers to guard him. He has scored at least 15 points in all but one of his eight games, and has grabbed at least eight rebounds on six different occasions. If he is hitting from the 3-point line, then that opens up a lot of driving for guys like Nigel Hayes (12.4 PPG, 7.5 RPG and 1.6 APG) and Sam Dekker (11.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG and 1.3 APG) to attack the paint. Dekker is one of the more versatile forwards in college basketball, as he loves to take opposing guards into the post, where he is more athletic and too big. The Badgers shoot 35 % from the 3-point line, with Josh Gasser (6.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG and 41 % from threes) leading the way.

The Golden Eagles are off to a slow start, in large part because of the play on the offensive end of the court. Marquette enters this game ranked 100th in assists (14.3 APG), 112th in shooting (45.2 % from the field) and 126th in scoring (71.4 PPG). The lack of offensive power has especially hurt the Golden Eagles, as they have struggled to rebound the ball (346th in the country , 29.9 RPG). Duane Wilson (14.0 PPG, 2.1 APG and 39 % from threes) and Matt Carlino (13.1 PPG, 3.9 APG and 42 % from threes) are a nice scoring duo, as they can both score in many different ways. Carlino, a BYU transfer, can flat shoot from deep. Juan Anderson (12.9 PPG, 6.3 RPG and 46 % from threes) will be matched up against Dekker, and he has the size and athleticism to guard him. The Golden Eagles have already played two teams from the Top 25 in the Big 10, losing to both Michigan State and Ohio State.

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