Sunday, December 13, 2009

Badgers Top Marquette

Before they would meet on the floor of the Kohl Center for their yearly showdown, the Wisconsin Badgers and the Marquette Golden Eagles had a couple of in-state tune-ups. Marquette took on UW-Milwaukee, and easily won the game. Wisconsin took on UW-Green Bay, and, well actually they lost. So, yeah.

As bad as the loss to the Phoenix looked, it may have actually helped Wisconsin beat Marquette on Saturday, by a score of 72-63. After beating Duke last week, Wisconsin may have easily overlooked Green Bay. But a Bo Ryan team rarely loses back to back games, and he had the Badgers ready to play early against Marquette. In all honestly, Marquette actually controlled most of this game, but Wisconsin had put up a large lead so quickly that it was a deficit MU just couldn't come back from, no matter how well they played.

For the Badgers, Jon Leuer lead the team with 24 points, while Lazar Hayward had 21 for Marquette. My boy Youssoupha Mbao even got to see the floor in this one, playing five minutes and collecting one block.

This game kind of lacked the intensity that previous matchups between these two teams have had, at least in my opinion, but it was still a good game overall. Marquette doesn't lose much here as they lose to a rival on the road, but Wisconsin gets a much needed victory after a disappointing loss.


Unknown said...

This game was AWESOME, no lack of intensity, hope you got to watch it at the xmas party. Maybe it's my love for bucky and hatred for marquette... thus the in-state rivalry that made the win great.


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