December 3, 2008

Inside the numbers: Marquette

MADISON, Wis. - With its win at the Kohl Center a season ago, the Marquette men's basketball team beat Wisconsin for only the third time in its past seven attempts. This Saturday, when the two rivals meet again, the Badgers look to return the favor.

The following takes a peak inside the numbers of these two elite Wisconsin basketball schools.

.491 and .538: Guard Trevon Hughes has made 30-of-61 shot attempts so far this season, good enough for 49 percent shooting. In addition, his shot from downtown has been even better.

Through seven games, the junior is shooting .538 from beyond the arc. A year ago after seven games, he was shooting 45 percent from the floor and 39 percent from long range.

32: While Hughes is off to a hot start this season, UW's traditional sharpshooter Jason Bohannon has struggled. However, his 3-for-6 shooting game, all of them from long range, at Virginia Tech is an encouraging sign.

17: As per usual from a team coached by Bo Ryan, the Badgers have made (111) more free throws than its opponents have even attempted (94). Overall, UW is shooting just over 71 percent from the charity stripe while its opponents have managed to shoot a little better at 74 percent from the line.

+1: So far this season, Wisconsin has only managed to force its opponents into one more turnover than it has committed per game for a +1 turnover margin. Through seven games, UW averages 12.1 turnovers a game while opponents commit 13.1.

2: The Badgers have held two of its seven opponents this season to under 50 points. Against Marquette, that would be a lofty goal as the Golden Eagles average 87.9 points per game.

4: The bulk of Marquette's scoring has come from four players who average double figure scoring. Guards Wesley Matthews (22.0/game), Jerel McNeal (17.4/game), Dominic James (11.7/game) and forward Lazar Hayward (16.7/game) lead the way for the Golden Eagles.

36.3: Since the trio of guards committed to Marquette, they have averaged just over 36 combined points against Wisconsin. James has really had UW's number by averaging just over 16 points per game. He is followed by McNeal's 9.6 points per and Matthews' 8.

6: UW senior Joe Krabbenhoft notched his sixth career double-double last weekend against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is by far the leader in the category among active Badger players. Marcus Landry is second on the team with one.

12: Since committing an uncharacteristic 22 turnovers against UCONN earlier this season, the Badgers have only committed six in each of its following two games. Against Marquette this weekend, ball control will be especially relevant because the Golden Eagles force 16.7 turnovers per game on average.

67-12: Over the past three seasons, Wisconsin has posted a 67-12 (.848) combined record. Only four other teams have recorded a better winning percentage over the same period of time.

2-0: Saturday's contest will be telecast live on ESPNU. Under Ryan, the Badgers have not lost a game televised by the network.

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