If there’s one thing you can always count on when watching the Wisconsin Badgers is that more times than not they will win the hustle points. That was no different Saturday at the Kohl Center as the Badgers were able to hang on to defeat Marquette 70-64 and improve on the program’s second best start in school history.
At the half this looked like it could turn out to be a repeat of the Virginia game as the Badgers narrowly led Marquette 28-25. But a 7-2 start to the second half (at a couple of spots leading by as much as 11) helped Wisconsin come away with the victory.
Marquette (5-4) would not go away easily however, coming within three with just 2:09 left in the game after Jamil Wilson nailed a three-point shot. Frank Kaminsky however would have none of it as he turned around and sunk a much-needed three pointer of his own to put the Badgers back up by six and on their way to their 10th straight win of the season.
This game was marred by many foul calls in the first half and Marquette found themselves in trouble late as two players fouled out of the game.
Throughout the game Sam Dekker had that look that he was going to take this one over and he did as he recorded his second career double-double (second in the past three games mind you) leading the Badgers with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Once again Bo Ryan had all five of his starters score in double figures as Ben Brust added 13, Traevon Jackson with 12, Kaminsky recorded his 11 all in the second half and Josh Gasser ended with 10.
Marquette withstood most of the punches the Badgers threw at them and made a valiant comeback at the end of the game, but that quick start to the second frame for Wisconsin and foul trouble for Buzz Williams’ team was the difference maker in this game. Jamil Wilson led all scorers with 24 points and Chris Otule added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles. Davante Gardner added 16 points as well, but was not much of a factor as he was plagued by foul trouble most of the game.
Up next for the Badgers will be the UW-Milwaukee Panthers (8-2) on Wednesday at the Kohl Center.