How to watch, listen, and stream
Game Time: Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports 1 (Justin Kutcher, Stephen Bardo)
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go (Where available)
According to OddsShark.com, Wisconsin is a 1.5-point favorite over Marquette.
This will be the 123rd meeting between the two rivals. The Badgers lead the all-time series, 66-56. However, the Golden Eagles won the most recent matchup, beating the Badgers on the road in a close 57-55 game.
What to Watch For
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Bronson Koenig leads the Badgers going into Milwaukee. The senior guard averages a team-high 15.8 points per game entering Saturday. He's not the most athletic or the quickest around, but he uses his basketball smarts and a smooth jumpshot to compensate for all that. After all, he made that game-winning shot to upset Xavier in the second round of last year's NCAA Tournament. He loves competition. Koenig has been a bit shaky from long range, but he has been excellent from inside the arc. His 33.7 3-point shooting percentage is down from last year, but his 66.0 percent shooting from 2-point range is far beyond his last two seasons. Aside from him, there's Nigel Hayes, who's been a staple since the Badgers' 2015 run to the NCAA Tournament final. He's a tough two-way player that excels at attacking the basket and can occasionally drain 3-pointers. Then there's sophomore center Ethan Happ, who's having an amazing start. Happ averages a double-double, scoring 13.5 points and grabbing 10.0 boards.
Set the Pace
Wisconsin loves its half court sets and taking it nice and slow on offense. According to KenPom, not only do the Badgers operate on a below-average tempo, they are actually 346th in adjusted tempo--amongst the bottom of the rankings. On the other hand, Marquette is one of the faster teams around, ranked 24th in adjusted tempo. The Badgers are a balanced team, while the Golden Eagles lean towards having the offense and scoring do the talking. With two completely varying game speeds, it will be vital for either team to establish its kind of tempo. A slowed down game might frustrate Marquette, especially when its offense has been...
Since leaving Madison Square Garden with back-to-back losses at the 2K Classic, the Golden Eagles have been rolling past teams. They have won five-straight games since their trip to New York, and their scoring has been at the forefront. Over the five-game streak, Marquette is averaging 93.6 points per game. The Golden Eagles have been able to do so at an efficient rate, with Luke Fischer and Sam Hauser leading the way. During this stretch of games, Fischer is 31-of-36 (86.1 percent), and Hauser is 14-of-25 (56.0 percent) from beyond the arc. Their hot hands have been infectious, as the team is shooting 53.5 percent as a whole and 42.2 percent from long range. The Golden Eagles lean on their scoring and will need to get it going against a tough Wisconsin team that's sound on both ends of the court.