The Badgers face off against the Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday for the traditional in-state rivalry game. Wisconsin holds the lead in the all-time series, edging Marquette 66-56. The game will tip off at 1:00pm CT and will be televised on FS1. The Golden Eagles (7-2) enter the game with a five-game winning streak, while the Badgers hope to extend their current winning streak to five with a win in Saturday’s matchup.
G: Bronson Koenig (15.8 PPG, 1.5 APG)
G: Zak Showalter (6.4 PPG, 2.3 APG)
F: Nigel Hayes (12.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.5 APG)
F: Vitto Brown (7.6 PPG, 3.1 RPG)
C: Ethan Happ (13.5 PPG, 10 RPG, 2.5 APG)
G: Haanif Cheatham (11.7 PPG, 3.4 APG)
G: Markus Howard (8.9 PPG, 2.1 APG)
G: Jajaun Johnson (14.4 PPG, 2.8 APG)
G: Sam Hauser (10.3 PPG, 4.9 RPG)
C: Luke Fischer (13.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG)
While the Badgers roster remains very much the same from last year, the Golden Eagles roster features some new faces. Gone is Henry Ellenson, a Rice Lake native, who was taken with the 18th pick of the NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Ellenson led the Eagles in scoring, rebounding, and assisting against the Badgers in their 57-55 victory.
This year, the Golden Eagles have a new freshman by the name of Sam Hauser, a Stevens Point native. Hauser was recruited by the Badgers but never offered a scholarship, and chose to attend Marquette. Hauser averages 10.9 PPG on 52.3% shooting from the three-point line.
Hauser’s play has impressed the Wisconsin staff.
“He’s impressive; he doesn’t do anything flashy, he’s solid in every angle,” assistant coach Howard Moore said. “On the offensive end he stretches the floor because he’s shooting over 50% from three at this stage and has made and attempted the most threes on the team.”
In addition to Hauser, Marquette has a few other Wisconsin high school standouts. Luke Fischer, from Germantown, averages 13.9 PPG while shooting an incredible 76% from the field.
Most of the Badgers focus will be on Jajuan Johnson, Marquette’s leading scorer at 14.4 points per game. Johnson has only been held in single digits one time all season, and that was on November 18th against Pittsburgh. In addition to Johnson, Haanif Cheatham has also made strides in his sophomore year at guard, improving in the assist, rebounding, and steals categories, while staying at the same average for points.
The Golden Eagles have nine players averaging at least 14 minutes per game so far this season.
“They’ve settled into nine or 10-man rotation and they’ve been effective that way,” Moore said. “I’ve been trying to find some weaknesses, obviously when you’re on a roll like this you look invincible. Playing at home, it’s even better and they’ll have a great crowd and it will be a great atmosphere.”