Right from the tip, it was obvious that Marquette would be controlling the tempo of the game. They scored the first 7 points and the Badgers looked timid from the start.
Everyone knew the Badgers would be a very different team this year with the injury of point guard, Josh Gasser. Also sitting on the sidelines last night was senior Mike Bruesewitz after suffering a concussion in practice earlier that week.
That meant the Badgers were left with very little leadership and experience on the court and it definitely showed.
Marquette’s pressure forced Wisconsin into 14 turnovers, double their average. The Badgers shot 33 percent from the field on the game, another tribute to the great defensive pressure from Marquette.
Wisconsin never led in the rivalry game, but they did pull within 3 in the second half. If they could have knocked down their free throws, they might have had a chance to win the game, but they shot 39 percent for the game.
Turnovers, awful free throw shooting and poor defensive transition is very unlike the Badgers, but this year’s team has proven to be very different. Wisconsin did not have anybody score in double figures.
Wisconsin looked scared from the start and were clearly outhustled and outplayed by Marquette. If the Badgers don’t make some major improvements, it is going to be a long and painful conference season for them.