Saturday, December 4, 2010

Badgers and Golden Eagles Win

We are now one week away from Wisconsin's version I-94 battle, and both teams had a warm up Saturday. Wisconsin took on South Dakota at home, while Marquette took on Longwood at the Bradley Center. Where is Longwood you ask? Yeah, I have no idea either. So these were both games where each team could work out their problems before the big in state matchup.

In the Badgers game, Wisconsin had a rough time in the first half on defense, but held South Dakota to 24 points in the second half as the Badgers won 76-61. But Jon Leuer led the way for the Badgers yet again. This guy can do it all, as he finished with 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Jordan Taylor also had a nice game almost getting a triple double. He finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists.

We all now that the Badgers have had a tough time scoring points at times this season. It just seems to me that after Leuer they don't really have another guy that will step up every night to help him. If teams can slow Leuer down, which right now seems close to impossible, they can easily beat this Badger team. Josh Gasser and Mike Bruesewitz seem to be the two that could help lead this team. Jordan Taylor showed today that he also can put up points if he can find his stroke.

Marquette on the other hand had a sleeper at the Bradley Center Saturday. Longwood, as the answer to our trivia question is that they are from Virgina, fell way behind early. Longwood was unlucky with the number 21, because when they got to that number they then went scoreless for 3:30 minutes after that. They made two three pointers before half, but were still down 50-27. The second half was about the same, as Marquette cruised to a 96-65 win.

Chris Otule led the way for Marquette, as he finished with 19 points shooting 9-9 from the field, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Longwood was weak inside, and Marquette was able to take advantage. Jae Crowder filled the stat sheet finishing with 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Just judging by this game, my guess is that Longwood stays in games by shooting three pointers, but on Saturday they were 10-29. Either way I really don't think Longwood will make the big dance, so this might be the last we hear about them.

After those two warmup games, we are now just one week away from when Wisconsin will face Marquette. This is always one of those games where you have to choose one or the other. I really don't like the people that say," I just want a good game and whoever wins, wins." Pick a team people, don't be that person that just picks the winning team every year. If they are not playing each other you can be a fan of both, but if they are playing each other you have to pick a team. So now the big question is what team do I want to win. Well, I personally just am not a fan of Big Ten basketball, so I'm going to go with Marquette. Either way everyone check out the game next week Saturday at 2:30 Wisconsin time.

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