Three Things To Watch: No.12 Wisconsin at Marquette

Three Things To Watch: No.12 Wisconsin at Marquette

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Three Things To Watch: No.12 Wisconsin at Marquette

Renewing its rivalry against Marquette for the 125th time, Wisconsin looks to rebound from last year’s loss to the Golden Eagles in Madison and avoid their first two-game losing streak to the I-94 rival since 2011-12. The Badgers will be facing a talented Marquette team that’s averaging 76.2 points per game and is getting 22.4 points per contest from Markus Howard.

The last time Wisconsin played Marquette in Milwaukee, the Badgers scored 93 points in a 9-point victory, the most UW has ever scored against its in-state rival. The road team has had recent success in this series, winning six of the last eight games.

In this Badgers Insider feature, we will look at the three keys or questions for Wisconsin as they prepare to play Marquette.

FREE THROW: WISCONSIN’S ABILITY TO PROTECT THE BALL

Wisconsin has shown drastic improvement with its ball security compared to this point a year ago. UW has turned the ball over 79 times through nine games, an average of 8.8 turnovers per contest. In UW’s two Big Ten games last weekend, UW committing only nine turnovers at Iowa and six against Rutgers.

The Badgers will be challenged against a Marquette team that’s forcing an average of 12.4 turnovers and 5.3 steals per contest. Joseph Chartouny leads the team with 11 steals, seven of which came against Charleston Southern. A graduate transfer from Fordham, Chartouny led the NCAA with 97 steals last season (3.34 per game). Whomever Chartouny is defending needs to be cognizant that the 6-3 Canadian is a pickpocket. With Marquette shooting 45.6 percent (237-for-520) from the field and with a talented scorer in Markus Howard, the Badgers can’t afford to give Marquette extra possessions.

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