It’s the biggest regular season college basketball game in the state of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Badgers vs the Marquette Golden Eagles will have all eyes from the state on them again this upcoming season. However, it will be earlier than we’re used to.
The two teams will meet at the Kohl Center on Sunday, November 17th. It’s the earliest the two schools will play in 20 years. UW hosted MU in the season opener on Nov. 14, 1997.
The loss of the two forwards is significant for a Golden Eagles squad that many projected to be a top-10 team next season. Sam Hauser averaged 14.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and shot 40.2-percent from beyond the arc. As a freshman, Joey Hauser averaged 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds, while shooting 42.5-percent on 3-pointers.
Sam Hauser has one year of eligibility remaining, while Joey Hauser would have two. Due to NCAA transfer rules, both will have sit out next season at their new school.
Reports indicate Virginia is among the front runners to land the brothers, though Wisconsin is also in the mix.
Sources close to the Hauser brothers tell me Virginia is the front runner to land them as transfers. Wisconsin is also in the mix. #mubb#Badgers
Howard averaged 25.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists this past season, helping Marquette stay around the top 10 of the Associated Press poll for much of the year. That included a Big East-record 53-point game against Creighton in January and two other games in which he scored 45 points.
For his efforts, Howard was named the Big East Player of the Year and a second-team All-American by the Associated Press.
Getting Howard back in significant for the Golden Eagles. With him returning, they’ll have their top six scorers and rebounders back, and their top three assist men.
Though Marquette experienced a late-season collapse and a first-round exit from the NCAA Tournament, many are very high on the Golden Eagles for the 2019-20. That includes ESPN, which has them at No. 2 in their way-too-early-top 25.
Wisconsin’s loss at Michigan didn’t hurt it too bad in the Associated Press top 25.
In the most recent poll released Monday, the Badgers dropped one spot to No. 20. That came after a week in which Wisconsin got a win at Minnesota but came up short against the Wolverines on Saturday. It snapped a six-game winning streak and left the Badgers two games back of Michigan for first place in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin’s next opponent — Michigan State — fell two spots to No. 11. It was the second-straight week the Spartans had fallen in the poll and they’ve lost three of their last four games. They’ll come to the Kohl Center on Tuesday night in what could serve as almost a must-win game for the Badgers’ conference title hopes.
In total, six Big Ten teams were in the poll, tied with the ACC for the most among all conferences. Michigan was the highest at No. 6, with Purdue coming in at No. 12, Iowa at No. 21 and Maryland at No. 24.
Marquette stayed put at No. 10 following its 1-1 week that saw the Golden Eagles lose to St. Johns and then beat No. 13 Villanova at home.
MILWAUKEE — The rivalry between Wisconsin and Marquette grew stronger over the weekend after one of the nation’s top prospects, Joey Hauser (Stevens Point), announced his commitment to Marquette Sunday night.
Hauser is ranked as the No. 1 power forward in the state of Wisconsin and the No. 35 prospect nationwide, according to 247 Sports. He chooses Marquette over Wisconsin and Michigan State, who considered Hauser their top target. Wisconsin was even reported to be holding off on offering any other scholarships for 2018 until Hauser made his decision.
He also had offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Notre Dame, Purdue and Northwestern.
Hauser has asserted himself on the hardwood, helping the Panthers earn three consecutive Division 1 WIAA championships. He’ll have a family reunion of sorts with the Golden Eagles, teaming up his with brother Sam, a sophomore on Marquette’s roster.
MILWAUKEE — Free agent guard Dwyane Wade recently cancelled a meeting with the Milwaukee Bucks scheduled for Wednesday, but reports now indicate Wade will meet with the Bucks in New York Wednesday afternoon.
The Bucks likely won’t be able to match offers from other teams, with Wade looking for a $50 million contract. The Chicago Bulls have come the closest to meeting Wade’s demands, offering a two-year contract with a partial guarantee. None of the teams reportedly still in the chase (Chicago, Denver, Miami) have offered a three-year deal, although the Nuggets have been able to surpass the $50 million threshold.
Former Bucks sharpshooter and former Wade teammate with the Heat, Ray Allen, has reached out to the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers about an NBA return. He last played in the 2013-14 season where he averaged 9.6 points per game.
The Marquette Golden Eagles are a young, tough team that, sadly, finds ways to throw games away. Now 16-10, 5-8 in Big East Play, Marquette lost a tough one to Creighton Saturday and not even the winning coach was happy at how his team won. Creighton Head Coach Greg McDermott said his team played poorly; MU Head Coach Steve Wojciechowski wasn’t pleased either, evident in his remarks after the game.
“I know we have three freshmen and a sophomore whatever on the court at the end of the game, but 25 games in out of a timeout you have to try to do what we want to do and if it doesn’t work then that’s on me,” Wojciechowski said. “But you’ve got to try to do it. Not doing it is not acceptable.”
He’s talking about the final seconds of the game. After a timeout, with a two point lead, Wojciechowski has drawn up a play that would involve either Freshman Henry Ellenson or Junior Luke Fischer. But, the players on the court didn’t event attempt to run the play.
It vanished as soon as the ball came into play.
Marquette doesn’t get a shot, Creighton gets the ball, runs back down the court, pops a 3-pointer and that’s all she wrote for the Golden Eagles…after a few more miscues including another missed shot, a failed attempt at a rebound and then a foul.
Slim hopes to make the NCAA Tournament now and lots of Marquette faithful lamenting the possible leaving of Ellenson for the draft.
My heart stopped 3 times during the Marquette Golden Eagles versus #20 Providence Friars double overtime thriller February 10th. It usually stops once during Marquette games…but the extra ten minutes forced some added value for the Marquette Faithful and a great 96-91 victory.
Heart Stop #1: After Providence turned the ball over with the game tied and 2 seconds left, Freshman Henry Ellenson gets his hands on the ball. There are 20 scouts at the game from 12 NBA teams. Ellenson has already put on a game for them showing he has the mid-range game, the ability to control the entire court and rebounding skills. He already had his 15th double-double of the season before getting the ball in his hands. At half court, he lobs it and it hits the backboard, hits the rim and pushes out.
I can’t breathe.
Ellenson finishes the game, by the way, with 26 points, 16 rebounds.
Heart Stop #2: Near the end of the first overtime, Ellenson fouls Providence forward Ben Bentil during a 3-point attempt. Bentil already has 4 three-pointers. He finished with 42 points.
You read that right.
Providence scored 91 for the game…42 came from Bentil. As their Head Coach Ed Colley said after the game, you can’t win on the back of a single player. Yet, Providence almost did.
He makes all the shots, but MU still leads by two. You think Marquette would win…Providence would have to foul? Nope…Sophomore Sandy Cohen misses a shot, Freshman Haanif Cheatham gets the rebound and instead of dribbling out, tries to lay it back in and misses. Providence gets the ball, Marquette fouls Jalen Lyndsey who makes both free throws and ties the game.
I feel my heart exploding.
Heart Stop #3: With Marquette up by as many as seven in the second overtime, we watch the game start to slip away as Bentil makes back-to-back and almost a third 3 pointer! Luckily, he doesn’t.
My heart jumps out of my chest.
Ellenson said it best post game. The Golden Eagles are playing desperate. That will can win games.
It can also cause all of us to need to see our doctors