The Wisconsin Badgers (2-1 overall) are back in action on Sunday afternoon and resume their oldest in-state rivalry as the Marquette Golden Eagles (2-0 overall) take the short trip west on I-94 to Madison.
Marquette is coming off a huge comeback, near the end of the first half they had a 9.3% chance of winning, win over the Purdue Boilermakers powered by All-American Markus Howard and transfer Koby McEwen’s game-high 23 points.
After losing their first game of the season in overtime, the Badgers have bounced back with two victories over below average mid-majors. Wisconsin proved it could hang with good teams in their first game of the season, now it is time to prove that they can beat good teams.
Marquette is unranked by the polls, but sits at No. 12 overall in KenPom, whereas Saint Mary’s is No. 40 and Wisconsin No. 50. This should be a fun game though due to, you know, the rivalry shenanigans that will undoubtedly ensue.
How to watch/listen
TV: FS1, noon, CT, Brian Anderson, Bill Raftery (ONIONS!)
ALERT!— Brian Anderson (@BAndersonPxP) November 17, 2019
Raft and I in the great state of Wisconsin today for one of my favorite rivalry games in College Hoops: @marquettembb / @badgermbb Noon CT on @fs1
Producer Aaron Stojkov
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Streaming: FOX Sports app
Radio/Satellite: 1310 AM, Sirius 83, XM 83; Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas in Madison; 94.5 ESPN FM is the flagship of the MU Radio Network, with Steve “The Homer” True (play-by-play) and Tony Smith (analyst) in Milwaukee
Live stats: Here!
Arena: Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Line: Wisconsin -1
KenPom Wisconsin win percentage: 46%
Fun facts (according to the media guides)
- The Badgers and Golden Eagles meet for the 126th time (dates back to 1917). UW has a 67-58 advantage in the all-time series.
- The Golden Eagles have claimed three of the last four overall outings in the annual home-and-home series and have also been victorious in three of their last four visits to the Kohl Center.
- Wisconsin is just one win shy of claiming its 300th victory at the Kohl Center (299-51, .854 all-time).
- Brad Davison (Maple Grove, Minn.) is childhood friends and prep rivals with Marquette’s Theo John (Minneapolis).
- Traditionally played prior to Marquette’s finals week in December, the matchup has been moved up to accommodate the expanded Big Ten Conference schedule. The two programs haven’t met in November since the 1997-98 campaign.
- Markus Howard is Marquette’s top career scorer with 2,011 points-and-counting.
- D’Mitrik Trice, junior, guard, No. 0
- Aleem Ford, redshirt junior, forward, No. 2
- Kobe King, redshirt sophomore, guard, No. 23
- Brad Davison, junior, guard, No. 34
- Nate Reuvers, junior, forward, No. 35
- Markus Howard, senior, guard, No. 0
- Brendan Bailey, sophomore, forward, No. 1
- Sacar Anim, senior, forward, No. 2
- Theo John, junior, center, No. 3
- Koby McEwen, junior, guard, No. 25