Controlling the Paint
It’s no secret that Marquette is a very small team. The Golden Eagles start Steve Taylor Jr. at center and Juan Anderson at forward, neither of which top 6-foot-8. The same can’t be said for Wisconsin. Wiscy rolls out with 7-footer Frank Kaminsky (we’ll get to him later) along with Nigel Hayes along with the big, athletic Sam Dekker. MU hasn’t done very well on the boards and cannot give up many second chance opportunities against the Badgers if they want to stay in it.
At this point we all know what Frank Kaminsky can do. Everything. The big man can play inside and out, score with the best of them and hit the boards hard. Simply put, Marquette doesn’t have a player even close to that. That being said, I think Wojo can use the MU’s quickness and defensive tenacity to bother Kaminsky, but if you focus too much on him, there are many other boys in red that can hurt you.
Can MU score enough?
It’s been a problem for Marquette at times this season, but it can’t be if it wants to escape with a win. This isn’t your typical Bo Ryan squad. This Badger team not only knows how to score, but is willing to take any shot they can get at any point in the shot clock. Marquette is going to have to use that to its advantage and get easy points in transition. It won’t come easy often, however, that’s why MU will need to continue with its breakout scoring from different guys. It’s been Anderson, Taylor and most recently Duane Wilson, but somebody has to go off to provide enough offense for the Golden Eagles.