The No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers (3-1 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) lost to the Marquette Golden Eagles (3-1 overall, 0-0 Big East) at the last second on Friday night at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. Here are some fun facts, highlights and quotes from after the game.
- The loss to Marquette snaps Wisconsin’s 11 game win streak dating back to last season.
- With two blocks against the Golden Eagles, senior big man Nate Reuvers is now tied with Ethan Happ for the all-time Wisconsin record for blocked shots (154). Reuvers’ next block will leave him alone in first place.
- D’Mitrik Trice led the Badgers with 17 points and also had his first turnover the season against Marquette. His assist-to-turnover ratio is now 15-to-3 on the season. He also grabbed six rebounds, tied for team-high with Jonathan Davis.
- Freshman Jonathan Davis had a career-high 12 points and added six rebounds (four offensive) and a steal to pace the bench.
- Marquette freshman Justin Lewis had a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds to go along with his game-winning tip in.
Here’s how Marquette just beat Wisconsin. pic.twitter.com/pnhwWD4qQ4— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) December 5, 2020
- The Badgers had 10 turnovers (three each for Trice and Micah Potter) while they only forced 11 by Marquette.
- Wisconsin, despite how it felt while watching the game, won the rebounding battle 36-34 (13-9 on the offensive end) against MU.
- Brad Davison fouled out and the Badgers, as a team, had 22 fouls compared to only 17 for the Golden Eagles. Marquette shot 28 free throws, and made 20, while the Badgers only shot 19, and made 16.
Trice: "We were fouling way too much and putting them on the free throw line." Trice said Wisconsin played right into Marquette's hands by fouling in transition— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) December 5, 2020
Here are some post game quotes from head coach Greg Gard and senior forward Nate Reuvers.
- Part of Gard’s opening statement, “Obviously a lot of things that I felt we had to get better at before tonight that were evident tonight. Particularly our propensity to foul too much.”
- On first half foul trouble for Reuvers, Davison and Potter, “That put us behind, so to speak, with experienced guys on the bench with foul trouble.”
- “Heck of a game from a college basketball fan perspective.”
- “A bone-headed decision” D’Mitrik Trice said this about the last play and Gard went on to discuss it further:
“Yeah, play defense. He didn’t have a straight line to the rim. You can’t take the charge when you’re not getting hit straight on. That was the right call from an official standpoint.” on Trice’s last play
- On playing tough defense, “We have to do a better job of guarding without fouling.”
- On how the team did on the “little things”, “Not great.”
- On how an early loss like this can help the team moving forward, “How can we move forward and play our best basketball?”
- On true freshman Jonathan Davis, “He’s really aggressive out there and that’s good to see. Just wanna see his confidence keep going up.”
- “Obviously we’re fouling way too much right now and we gotta clean that up.”