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Wisconsin Badgers vs. Marquette Golden Eagles: Game Thread

Can the Badgers get a marquee win on Saturday?

NCAA Basketball: Western Illinois at Wisconsin Kayla Wolf-USA TODAY Sports

The Wisconsin Badgers are set to face off against the Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday, currently riding a three-game win streak with victories over Western Illinois, SMU, and Virginia.

Those wins have led the Badgers to a 5-2, which they’ll look to improve on Saturday against Marquette, with tipoff scheduled for 11:30 A.M. CT.

Marquette, standing at 6-1, has gotten off to a hot start in 2023, winning games over Illinois, Kansas, and UCLA, while losing by three points to Purdue last week.

The Golden Eagles have found ways to push the pace and score, having cracked 90 points in three of their seven matchups, while scoring at least 70 points in each game.

In Saturday’s game, the Badgers are seen as 2.5-point underdogs, with the over/under set at 136.5 points.

While the Badgers have seen some recent success and could slow down the pace against Marquette a little, I’m a little surprised the spread is as close as it is, given the Golden Eagles’ talent.

I expect Wisconsin to give a fight, but I’m predicting Marquette to pull out a victory and cover the spread.

Prediction: Marquette -2.5