NCAA Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin Badgers vs Marquette Golden Eagles- Possible Lineups and Predictions

Published 12/04/2020, 1:00 PM EST
Nov 25, 2020; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Eastern Illinois Panthers guard George Dixon (right) chases a loose ball against Wisconsin Badgers guard Jonathan Davis (1) and forward Ben Carlson (20) during the first half at the Kohl Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports


The Big 10 Conference promises an exciting clash between two rivals tonight. The Wisconsin Badgers take on their fierce rivals Marquette Golden Eagles in their 4th game of the season.

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The Badgers come into this game on a 3-0 run, which has helped them jump from 7th to 4th in the AP Poll. They started their season by beating Eastern Illinois by 10 points.

But after that, they demolished Arkansas – Pine Bluff and Green Bay in their next 2 games. But Marquette has been their toughest opponent so far.

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Marquette has registered 2 wins so far against Arkansas – Pine Bluff and Eastern Illinois. But in their last game, they lost to Oklahoma State, who were led by Cade Cunningham. So the Golden Eagles will be eager to bounce back, and what better way to do it than beating a rival.

NCAA Men’s Basketball: Will the Wisconsin Badgers go 4-0?

The last time these two met was back in November 2019. The Badgers beat the Golden Eagles 77-61 at home and completely outplayed them.

The Badgers had lost their previous 2 meetings, and it was their first win since December 2016. When they face off tonight, the Golden Eagles will be aiming to avoid a successive loss.

Coming into the 2020-21 season, Marquette was left out of the Top 25 pre-season ranking. The last time they entered a season in the Top 25 was back in 2013-14.

However, over the last two seasons, they have worked their way into the Top 20 and even came as high as #10 in 2018-19. A win against the Badgers will certainly help them make a push in the rankings.

Their lineup will consist of Symir Torrence and Koby McEwen in the backcourt and Dawson Garcia, Jamal Cain, and Theo John in the frontcourt.

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The Badgers come in with more experience in the team. They will be expected to start with D’Mitrik Trice and Brad Davison in the backcourt and Aleem Ford, Micah Potter, and Nate Reuvers in the frontcourt.

Reuvers has enjoyed a phenomenal start to the season. He is averaging 15 points, five rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game. On top of that, he is shooting a blistering 71% from 3 on 2.3 attempts per game. This is the leadership they expect from the senior, and he will be key in this matchup.

The Badgers have the stronger team and are coming off a hot streak, so they will be expected to take home the win.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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