No. 23 Wisconsin Badgers Handle In-State Rival Marquette Golden Eagles

The No. 23 Wisconsin Badgers (7-1) dominate the second half en route to a 89-76 win over in-state rival the Marquette Golden Eagles (7-2) inside the Kohl Center.

Wisconsin had a little bump last year in the road, but water always finds its level, big brother always rises back to the top where he’s supposed to be.

Johnny Davis was stellar once again, finishing with a game-high 25 points on 9-of-14 from the field with five rebounds and an assist in 30 minutes.

Badgers fans need to enjoy Johnny Davis in the Red and White while we can.

Brad Davison had another great offensive outing today, scoring 20 points on 6-of-12 from the field, 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, with four rebounds and an assist in 33 minutes.

I don’t think enough people appreciate how good you have to be to make the types of shots Brad Davison has over five seasons at this level.

Stat of the day: In a game officiated by Bo Boroski, Brad Davison was called for only one foul. That’s the first time that’s ever happened.

Steven Crowl and Chucky Hepburn each scored 15 respectively to round out the double-figure scorers for UW.

Big Ten opponents are going to respect, but hate Chucky Hepburn.

As a team, UW shot 31-for-61 (50.8%) from the field, 10-of-24 (41.7%) from 3-point range and 17-of-23 (73.9%) at the free throw line. UW had 14 assists on the 31 made field goals, which is OK, I would prefer to see that number a little higher. But the Badgers did have 11 turnovers, which that number needs to be at 10 or less.

Marquette ranks third in tempo per KenPom. Badgers outscored the Golden Eagles 9-8 in transition.

Nothing in the world has brought me more joy than the 2021-22 version of the Wisconsin basketball team. This squad put in WORK this offseason!

Just putting this out there for no reason at all. Fiserv Forum is an NCAA Tournament site this year.

Johnny Davis postgame said about the 7-1 start: “Ain’t nothing surprising about this. Every time we step on the floor, we expect to win.”

Greg Gard postgame said: “That’s the beauty of this team and the excitement of it. There’s so much unknown…it’s not about stats. Just little things that invigorate and helps teammates.” He went on to say, “This group, it’s fun to watch, because they put their heart and their soul into it.”

Up Next:

Wisconsin will play the Indiana Hoosiers (7-1, 1-0 B1G) on Wednesday, December 8th at the Kohl Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on the Big Ten Network (BTN).

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