The Marquette Golden Eagles and Wisconsin Badgers are fixing to face off on Friday night. The Golden Eagles and Badgers are set to meet for the 82nd time dating back to the 1949-50 season. Since that point in time, the Golden Eagles lead the Badgers 43-38 in the all-time series. It’s been evenly matched since the 2010-11 season, as it is a literal 5-5 tie in the 10 matchups since.
Marquette walks into this game with a 2-1 record. They started off with wins over Arkansas Pine Bluff and Eastern Illinois. Earlier this week though, they fell to Cade Cunningham and the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 70-62. There’s no real shame in losing that one, as both are right around the same level. Though a win would have certainly given them lots more momentum and confidence to say the least.
Wisconsin, meanwhile, is a perfect 3-0. They too defeated Eastern Illinois and Arkansas Pine Bluff in their first two games. Then on Tuesday, the Badgers were sucessful in fending off another in-state opponent. The Green Bay Phoenix were no match for Wisky, who dropped them 82-42 in swift and emphatic fashion.
Both of these teams have played pretty well offensively this year. They do nothing in particular wrong, though MU’s offense has been more susceptible to turnovers than Wisconsin’s has been. To be fair though, UW’s defense hasn’t been ripping the ball away from teams at a high level. So by that measure, Marquette will have to try and not commit many unforced errors in this matchup.
As always with Wisconsin, their tempo ranks really low. Though to be fair, their possession length is actually just a few ticks faster than Marquette’s this season. They’re a highly efficient offense that will have to be countered some way by the Golden Eagles. To this point, MU has shot the ball well from the perimeter. THey’re not doing so at a staggering rate, but one that can net them a win if they let it fly. Wisconsin’s perimeter defense has been more good versus great but inside is where they’ve thrived. So it will be intriguing to see how MU attacks in this game.
Wisconsin also will have their hands full with MU’s defense. The Golden Eagles rank pretty highly in defensive categories, especially on the inside as well. These are two top 10 2-point defenses through the early portion of the season. We don’t know for sure yet if it’s all based on competition, but the numbers are what they are. So it’ll be a bit fascinating to see how this one shakes out.
How to Watch
Time: 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT
Watch Online: Fox Sports Go
Spread: Wisconsin -3.5
Moneyline: Wisconsin -186 | Marquette +156