Wisconsin (7-1) will attempt to rebound from its first loss of the season when it travels to Milwaukee to face Marquette on Saturday. The Golden Eagles (4-3) have had a week off after a strong showing in the Orlando Classic, beating Georgia Tech and Tennessee to earn third place in the Thanksgiving weekend tournament.
Marquette's one loss of the tournament came at the hands of Michigan State, 10 days after the Golden Eagles' loss to fellow Big Ten team Ohio State in Columbus. Despite not having an available player taller than 6'7" Marquette only yielded a five offensive rebounds in those two games combined and was beaten by superior guard play instead of either team's paint presence.
However, both the Spartans and Buckeyes utilized lineups that were smaller than normal to match Marquette's slew of guards and wing players. Things will be different against the Badgers, who are comfortable with Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes -- all of whom are taller than Marquette's tallest player -- on the court at the same time.
Dekker and Hayes will hope to bounce back from a game against Duke in which they combined to score just nine points on 10 field goal attempts. Hayes, who was whistled for four fouls in Wednesday's loss, will be challenged again with staying out of foul trouble against significantly smaller and quicker Marquette players.
Marquette will be looking to its guards to provide explosive performances like they had in Orlando. Streaky Matt Carlino, a transfer from BYU, hit eight three-pointers on his way to a 38-point effort against Georgia Tech; freshman guard Duane Wilson went off for 30 points in the third place game against Tennessee.
A product of Dominican high school in Milwaukee, Wilson was inserted into the starting lineup following Marquette's surprising 89-97 loss to Nebraska-Omaha. He has proven to be Marquette's most consistent scorer, totaling 15 or more points in four of the last five games.
Marquette also returns two starters, seniors Juan Anderson and Derrick Wilson, from last year's team that lost to Wisconsin by six in the Kohl Center. Anderson leads the Golden Eagles with 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game while adding nearly 13 points per contest. Wilson has been in and out of the starting lineup, but can always be relied upon to provide a steady hand.
Steve Taylor has been Marquette's rock in the paint and will draw the tough task of sticking with Kaminsky. He'll receive help from the active Golden Eagle perimeter players. The team averages 9.1 steals per game on the year, which is tied for 14th in the country.
The only other big body Marquette possesses is the 6'4", 240-pound Deonte Burton. Burton, who plays like a bull in a china shop, has struggled to stay on the court despite entering the year with high expectations and impressive per-minute statistics. He picked up four fouls in 15 minutes against Wisconsin last year.
Wisconsin is more familiar than usual with the BMO Harris Bradley Center after it hosted the team's first two tournament games last year. However, the most recent road trip there to face Marquette ended with a 60-50 loss in 2012.
The game will air on CBS, kicking off the network's college basketball coverage for the year. Marv Albert and Greg Anthony will have the call beginning at 11:30 a.m. Central Time.