MBB: UW at Marquette courtside blog

MBB: UW at Marquette courtside blog

Patrick Herb (Assistant Director of Athletic Communications)

Please join Patrick Herb as he chronicles from courtside all the action from tonights's game between the Badgers and the Marquette Golden Eagles with the Game Day Blog. Remember, the blog is now interactive, so be sure to chime in with comments and questions and vote in the polls. Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m.

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MBB: UW at Marquette courtside blog(12/06/2008) 
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8:25
Welcome to courtside at the Bradley Center for tonight's big-time match-up between the Badgers and Golden Eagles!
8:26
This is always one of those games that both teams circle on their schedules. Emotions get fired up hours prior to the event.
8:28
The atmosphere is electric inside the building (as it should be). The student section was packed 2 hours prior to tip off and they were there waiting to "greet" the Wisconsin players with some colorful language.
8:29
[Comment From apache jct badger]
can i say hi to my wife back in wi
8:29
I may have opened Pandora's box with that one, but if he AND his wife are devoted blog readers, then they're friends of mine.
8:29
Ok... anthem is done, Wisconsin has been introduced and now the lights are out for Marquette's intros. Pretty cool show actually. Maybe a little over the top with the flare-throwers and what-not, but still pretty cool.
8:30
We might have a decent crowd on the blog tonight since I know there are several of you out there that don't get ESPNU. You're welcome here anytime!
8:31
Coach Ryan is trying to talk to the players right now, but I can't imagine they are hearing much since the PA announcer and music is at airplane taking off decible.  
8:31
[Comment From craig h]
im so glad you have this blog
8:31
My people!
8:32
So I'm parked right in between Mike Lucas of the Badger Radio Network and former Marquette coach Hank Raymonds. Not a bad spot.
8:32
[Comment From nick!]
SO to mike kelley on espnU
8:32
Kelley pulling the double-header today. He and the crew did Illinois vs. Georgia this afternoon. 
8:33
[Comment From Steve]
Much RED in the crowd?
8:33
Not gonna lie... it's mostly Gold, but there are some proud red folks sprinkled in. They're getting heckled and name-called no doubt.
8:33
Badgers will start with the regulars: Krabby, Marcus, Keaton, Pop (Hughes) and J-Bo.
8:33
UW wins the tip and gets into the offense.
8:34
Hughes tried a step-back 3 to open the game and it misses long. MU runs in transition and scores a lay-up. 2-0 MU
8:35
J-Bo turns it over trying to drive and kick, but MU misses a 3 in answer.
8:35
J-Bo gets it back with a THREEEEEE! He made his last three at Va Tech, let's hope the sweet stroke continues.
8:35
Turnover on MU and UW leads 3-2 with the ball.
8:36
MU is pressuring the ball-handlers and making it tough to get into the offense. UW has been running the clock down, but it's because MU is up tight.
8:36
Just as I say that UW gets pick-pocketed and J-Bo has to foul to prevent a run-out.
8:37
Hayward misfires on a three from the corner... UW ball.
8:37
McNeal is guarding J-Bo, James on Hughes and Matthews is chasing Nankivil. High school teammates matching up there.
8:38
Hughes rattles in a 3! UW leads 6-2.
8:38
J-Bo draws a turnover and UW regains possession. UW's defense is meeting the challenge early.
8:39
Hughes slips and leaves it for J-Bo, who can't hit from deep. All perimeter shots for Bucky so far. But MU is doing the same and they miss again.
8:39
James creates a TO and scores in transition with a lay-up.
8:40
Krabby drives baseline and leaves it for Keaton, who misses off the glass. James pulls up for 3 and misses.
8:40
You knew they wouldn't miss all night... Matthews nails a 3 and it's 7-6 MU lead.
8:41
Keaton answers with a 3! His first career I believe! Wow... if he adds that to his game he'll be tough.
8:41
James answers with a 3 though and it's 10-9 MU lead. James has 7.
8:41
Krabby misses a cutting Hughes and UW turns it over back to MU. Media timeout.
MU 10, WIS 9
13:21 left
8:42
[Comment From Michael]
Not that I don't appreciate the blog, but is there a video broadcast anywhere?
8:42
The only video feed is on ESPNU.
8:43
Stat check:
Turnovers: UW 5, MU 2
FG %: UW 50% (3 of 6), MU 50% (4 of 8)
8:43
Well it's pretty clear so far that UW is having a little trouble getting looks inside. All but one of the Badgers 6 shots have been from 3-point range.
8:44
Meanwhile, MU is settling for a lot of 3s too. Their only two non-3 point tries were James' breakaway layups.
8:44
[Comment From nick!]
http://www.justin.tv/cbb2k8/popout               but you didn't hear it from me!
8:44
Hmmm... don't know what that is, but check it out.
8:45
Off a Matthews missed 3, Hughes with the Badgers first inside bucket. UW leads 11-10.
8:45
Landry with great D and block of Matthews' drive. UW ball.
8:46
Joe finds the open man and it's Wilson in the corner for THREEE! GOOD!
Wilson, 20 seconds into the game and he hits. Just like he did at Va Tech.
8:46
McNeal misses a 3 and UW boards. UW is owning the glass, I'll say that.
Krabby steps into a 15-footer and rattles it home. UW leads 16-10
8:47
James gets fouled by Wilson driving the hoop. Wilson didn't like the call, but what player ever does? That's only the second foul of the game. (both on UW)
8:49
Stat check:
Shooting %: UW (6-9, 66.7%), MU (4-11, 36.4%)
8:49
Jordan Taylor checks in for Hughes. Both freshman (Wilson and Taylor) on the floor for UW. Coach likes their quickness against MU's guards.
8:50
Wilson draws a foul going hard to the defensive glass off an MU miss.
8:51
MU full-court press now, but just man-to-man. Taylor dribbles through it.
Jarmusz in the game and gets called for offensive foul promptly.
8:51
Coach Ryan though it was a jump-stop, refs disagree.
8:51
Just like that... Landry draws an offensive on Hayward. Haha... Coach Ryan's talk with the official might have worked.
8:52
Jon Leuer now in the game and he takes advantage of his height with a tip in for two.
James returns with a duece in the lane.
UW leads 18-12
8:52
Landry - the only starter in the game for UW - misses a fadeaway and Leuer called for a foul going for an offensive rebound. Don't like the foul, but love the agressive play.
8:53
9:25 left in the half
Taylor pokes it away OB, MU ball.
McNeal drives and picks up a foul on Nankivil. His first. It's on the floor tho... no shot.
8:53

McNeal misses off a set out-of-bounds play. UW boards... again.

8:54
Leuer passes up a 3 try and Wilson drives, but misses.
MU jacks up a 3 right away and misses, Wilson board.
8:55

Leuer fires a quick 3 for UW, let's not get into their game with the quick 3s. MU misses in response tho and Leuer boards.

8:55
On the offensive end UW works it low to Nankivil, who finds Leuer at the free throw line for two! Nice look for Jon there.
TO by MU to talk about it
8:56
Wisconsin leads 20-12 with 7:50 left.
8:56
UW on an 11-2 run right now.
8:57
Media timeout
Wisconsin 20, Marquette 12
7:37 left
8:58
Stat check
shooting: UW 53.3%, MU 31.3%
rebounds: UW 10, MU 5
Fouls: UW 6, MU 2
3-pt shooting: UW 4-for-7, MU 2-for-10
8:59
Just becuase some of you found that live feed on the computer, don't go away from my blog!
9:00
MU misses, but Burke grabs MU's first offensive board. He kicks to McNeal and Hughes picks his pocket... NO, foul called. That was close.
9:00
Bonus time, McNeal misses the front end.
9:01
Keaton gets it low and DUNKS it home!
MU answers with a nifty drive and lay off for a lay-up.
UW leads 22-14
9:01
[Comment From Tim]
Is MU dropping back into half court man to man?
9:01

Yeah, MU hasn't pressed much. Pretty straight forward so far.

9:01
Keaton presses his luck and tries another 3... this one misses.
9:02
On defense Joe gets a steal and runout... for a lay-up. What a great play.
9:02
James answers with a drive and lay-up. UW leads 24-16
9:03
Landry picks up his second foul on a double-foul down low. He was tangled with Burke and they called both for the foul. Tough break for UW.
9:03
UW keeps the ball though with 24 on the shot clock.
9:04
Hughes shoots with 8 on the shot clock and misses. Krabby whistled for a foul crashing the glass. That's 9 on UW... Hayward will shot BONUS.
9:05
He misses the first and Joe boards. UW catches a break on those two misses FTs. Leuer scores with a hanging jumper from 12 feet on offense.
UW leads 26-16.
9:05
UW foul... but I don't know who it's on. Neither does Hughes or Bo.
Now they just announced Wilson picked up his second.
9:06
James hits one of two in the double-bonus. UW leads 26-17 with 4:40 left.
9:06
There we go.. MU called for a hand-check. They've been doing that a lot with their pressure and finally it's called.
9:07

UW turns it over and MU on the runout.

Taylor did exactly what he's taught... to protect the rim and take the charge. He tried, but didn't get the feet set and is called for a block.

Acker hits both free throws. UW leads 26-19.

9:08
1-3-1 half court zone now for MU... extended out to half court. Hughes misses short from three.
9:08
MU goes for an alley-oop in transition but Leuer gets his hand in there and breaks up the clean look. Good thing, that might have brought the house down.
9:08
[Comment From colin]
they just interviewed landry's wife on espnu...i guess she played bball at marquette
9:09
You got it... Marcus' wife Efueko played ball at Marquette (she's wearing a Badgers t-shirt though).
9:10

Media timeout.

9:11
Leuer leads the Badgers with 6 points, Hughes and Nankivil each have 5. James leads MU with 10 and McNeal has 5.
Notables: Landry is scoreless and Matthews for MU has just 2.
9:11
Hughes, Taylor, Krabby, Keaton and Tim on the floor against MU's 1-3-1 zone.
9:12
MU is active, but they have little man Acker under the hoop in the zone. Just like that, Tim misses a three but Keaton cleans it up with a put-back 2. That's the trouble with having a little man in that zone.
UW leads 28-19
9:13
On the other end, Acker gets fouled shooting a three pointer (by Taylor). He misses, but he'll get three FTs.
He made all three. UW leads 28-22 with 3:04 left.
9:13
Back to man-to-man for MU now.
9:14
Jarmusz drives baseline and leaves his feet only to find James setting up underneath. Offensive foul. Tim goes to the bench with 2 fouls.
9:14
Keaton gave good help on McNeal's drive, but when he slid back to his man he was late and fouled Hayward. Nankvil has two fouls and the whistles are adding up for UW.
9:15
Gullikson comes in for Keaton... clearly fouls are mounting.
9:15
Hayward hits one of two and the crowd is loud now. J-Bo misses from the corner and McNeal hits a 2 in the lane to cut it to 3.
Bo wants a TO.
9:16

It's getting tough to hear in here right now.
Team fouls are 14-5 right now in favor of MU.

9:16
[Comment From Metz]
any badgers in foul trouble?
9:16
Nobody has more than 2, but 5 UW players have two fouls.
9:17
[Comment From Steve]
Who's down with callin Nankivil "The 'Vil"?
9:17
Agreed he needs a nickname, but maybe not that. I'm open to suggestions everyone.
9:17
McNeal called for a foul and UW will have it below the hoop. One more will be bonus. 1:44 left.
9:18
Wilson attacks the rim like he's been getting a reputation for doing. He doesn't make it, but he draws a foul. He's emerging as UW's most aggressive player.
9:18
Wilson hits them both... the freshman isn't not scared.
UW leads 30-25
9:19
McNeal misses, but UW strips Hayward on the rebound. 
9:19

Whew... UW gets bailed out as Hughes was in trouble with 3 seconds on the shot clock. He went up for a tough shot and drew a foul on James. He'll shoot two.

9:20
Hughes hits one of two... UW by 6 with 0:40 left
9:20
Matthews gets in the lane and hits a hanger. Shot clock is off for UW.
9:21
J-Bo dribbles out the clock, then leaves it for Hughes. He drives, James flops trying to draw the charge.. no call. That leaves a wide open lane to the hoop. He scores as time runs out!
9:22
Wisconsin 33, Marquette 27
Halftime
9:22[Be Right Back Countdown]5 minutes 
9:36
Ok... we're back. I had to catch my breath there from that first half. It was a bit frantic at times.
9:37
MU is definitely trying to speed up the Badgers. UW is doing ok, but does have 8 turnovers, which have led to 8 points.
9:37
[Comment From Dean]
Also, any news about the bowl game.
9:37
Nothing official... but looks like maybe Champs vs. Florida State.
9:38
MU starts with the ball and quickly Hughes is called for a foul going after the rebound. Hayward scores on a pass from James a bit later.
9:39
Hughes gets into the lane on offense, but can't convert off the glass. MU loses the ball on the other end and Marcus hits the floor for the tie-up. UW ball.
9:39
Landry only has two points, but he's hustling.
9:39
UW is going with the starting lineup in half two,
9:39
J-Bo... side pocket... Book it! THREEE!
9:40
Quickly on the other end Krabby tries to draw a charge but is called for a block and Matthews made the shot. He hits the free one and it's a 3-pt play.
UW leads 36-32
9:40

J-Bo to Landry in the corner for THREE! It's good.

9:41
Landry doesn't get credited for a block, but he changed Hayward's shot and forced a miss. J-Bo misses for UW.
9:41
MU missed from outside, but Hayward boarded and scored.
Nankivil answers with a turn-around jumper for two.
9:42
McNeal fires in a three from the corner. We're at a quick pace now.
9:43
Keaton whistled for an offensive foul... that's his 3rd. The crowd was furious that a call wasn't made on Hughes on a loose ball, but they're happy about that call.
9:43
Patrick Hazel picks up an off-ball offensive foul for MU giving UW the ball back.
9:43
MU puts on a press, but UW handles just fine. They'll slow it down here and get a good look.
9:45
Maybe not a good look as J-Bo has to shoot a contested 3-pionter late in the shot clock. Then Hughes is called for a foul trying to get the ball back. Wow... tough all there. Looks like a clean steal and a potential breakaway dunk/lay-up (Pop CAN dunk by the way). Instead, that's his 3rd foul. Taylor will check in.
9:45
Media timeout
Wisconsin 41, Marquette 37
15:46 left
9:46
They just played jump around in the Bradley Center. UW fans knew what to do.
Far and away though, the biggest cheer came when a guy in a suit was shown on the scoreboard jumping around. High comedy.
9:47
McNeal hits a high arcing floater. Tough shot, but he got it.
9:47
Leuer answers with a two down low for UW.
9:48
McNeal misses from 3, but MU rebounds. Another miss down low and the ball goes OB to Wisconsin.
9:48
Leuer drives aggressively to the rim, can't get the shot to go, but Landry gets a tough board and gets fouled going up. Big time play by Marcus there.
9:49
Wisconsin leads 43-39 now.
Marcus misses both... oy.
9:49
James gets the lane, but Leuer knocks away his pass... UW ball. Taylor misses a 17-footer off a screen from Landry. MU ball.
9:50
McNeal scores a tough duce and MU is within two. 43-41... crowd is back.
9:51
Good ball movement finds an open Wilson, but he can't get the three to go down. MU boards.
9:51
Big play in the game right there.... Hayward called for an offensive foul. Leuer stood his ground. The basket went in, but they waved it off.
9:52

With Hughes out of the game... the ball went to Taylor with the shot clock running down. He pentrated and dished to Keaton down low. Nankivil drew the foul going up. Nice vision by JT there.

9:52

Buster Keaton hits both free throws.

9:53
McNeal splashes a three on the other end   and MU is within 1 now 45-44
9:53
The crowd is making it tough right now... the guy whistling in my ear is killing me.
9:54
Taylor doesn't seem to mind as he drives and draws a foul going up.
Taylor misses the first... but hits the second.
UW leads 46-44
9:54
Hayward misses a 3, but Matthews gets the board.. Another miss and it's UW ball.
9:55
Taylor forces up a late 3 and misses long. MU ball.
9:56
Hayward rattles out an 18-footer. MU tries to the tip-back and misses. Jarmusz gets tied up on the offensive end though and it should go back to MU.
9:56
Media timeout
UW 46, MU 44
10:21 left
9:57
Funny student section item... they've got these giant cardboard cut-outs of differently celebrity heads. They are huge and they wave them during UW's free throws. My favorite is Ron Burgundy, but the couple of Bo Ryan in mid-scream are pretty amusing too.
9:59
Landry, Krabby, Hughes, JBo and Keaton on the floor
9:59
McNeal drives on Hughes and scores. We're tied for the first time since early on.
10:00
Fans are on their feet as Landry turns it over. He was trying to work in the post and got intercepted after the double-team came.
On the other end MU whistled for an offensvie in transition. Fans are irrate, but Krabby is smiling inside. Tough play.
10:01
James called for a grab as Hughes drives... fans really don't like that. What they shouldn't like is the way James showed up the refs by taking the ball and running to the end in frustration. The refs noticed and talked to him.
10:01
Hughes gets only one of two... gotta have those.
10:02
UW by 1, 47-46. McNeal works on Leuer and pulls up from the elbow... no good. OB to UW.
10:02
1-2-2 trapping zone now for MU. Wilson slices around the defense and kisses it off the glass. I like that!
10:03
Matthews can't get it to go from 3... UW ball up 49-46.
10:04

Leuer misses from the top of the key, Krabby hustles for a loose ball and he goes diving with two MU players into the Badger bench for the ball. Krabby is called for being over-aggressive and gets a foul. That's 3 on Krabby.

10:05
We're at the under 8:00 media TO
Wisconsin 49, MU 46
7:28 left
10:05
[Comment From doubleteamed]
"Krabby is called for being over-aggressive" - so he was called for, you know, existing? ;)
10:05
Ha! Exactly!
10:06
Stat check:
Badgers shooting 35.7 in the 2nd half after 48.1 in first half
Rebounds are even at 28 all
10:06
Free throws are UW 7-of-12 and MU 8-of 12
10:06
[Comment From erik]
Is krabby hurt or is it just cramps?
10:06
He's fine and in the game.
10:08
Leuer with a big block on the MU putback try. Loose ball ensues and MU calls timeout from the floor. Coach is arguing that MU's player didn't have control when he tried to call TO, but the ref disagreed. MU keeps possession.
10:09
[Comment From bobby]
who has been most impressive tonite for UW?
10:09
I like Keaton's game today. 21 minutes, 11 points.
10:09
[Comment From Steve #2]
Which former Badger player is doing the color commentary? I haven't heard them say his name, but the play-by-play keeps referring to him as a former player.
10:09

That's Mike Kelley on the color commentary.

10:10
UW comes back with the starters minus Keaton and J-Bo. Leuer and Wilson in their place.
10:10
McNeal drives and scoops it in... that was a bit too easy. Not sure where the breakdown came.
10:10
[Comment From Jenny]
Who has been most impressive for MU tonight?
10:10
Easily McNeal... but who cares?
10:11
Wilson called for an offensive foul attacking the rim. Probably a good call, but you can't blame the effort.
10:12
Wilson picks up his fourth foul as he fouled Burke.
10:12
Burke hits the first and ties it at 49-49.
The second misses.
10:13
Leuer steps out of bounds on the side while trying to make a move on Matthews. Turnover. MU has the ball trying to take their first lead in a looong time.
10:13
They do with a big 3 from McNeal. That hurts. 52-49 now MU lead.
10:14
Taylor draws a foul working out high. That would help UW if they start calling those hand-checks. He'll shoot bonus... and MISS the first.
10:14
5:00 left now... MU by 3
10:15
Hayward tips in a miss by Burke and MU is up 5 now. Penetration led to the first shot attempt and as UW rotated, that left the weakside rebound open and Hayward cleaned it up.
10:15
Timeout Wisconsin
54-49 MU lead with 4:45 left.  
10:16
Lots of time, but UW looks a bit rattled right now. The crowd is rabid, which doesn't help.
10:17
Hughes loses the dribble on top and MU scrambles for it and again gets a TO in the rugby scrum.
10:18
Hughes picks up his 4th. He tried to block McNeal's jumper, but got too much hand. Wilson checks in for him.
McNeal hits both free throws. MU up 7 now... with 4:23 left.
10:18
Let's see who UW goes to in crunch time when they NEED a hoop.
10:19
They get an open 3 from Landry, but he misses. MU rebound.
10:19
McNeal misses a three and Landry gets the long rebound.
10:20
J-Bo is short from three and MU boards. MU attacks, kicks, Hayward misses a three but Burke rebounds and gets fouled on the floor.
Media Timout
10:21

Wisconsin trails 56-49
3:04 left.

10:21
[Comment From Karie]
How many timeouts remain for each team?
10:22
UW has three left and MU has two.
10:23
JBo, Krabby, Wilson, Leuer and Landry on the floor.
MU misses the front end. UW ball
10:23
J-Bo loses the ball and McNeal scores on a run-out, MU by 9 now.
10:24
Landry loses his man down low and scores in deep. Whew... it had been a long time since a UW bucket.
TO Wisconsin
10:24
Marq. leads 58-51 with 2:17 left.
10:24
Hughes back in for J-Bo now. MU Ball
10:25
They run the weave out high... this is the deepest they've gone in the shot clock all night. McNeal drives and kicks to Matthews who misses.
10:25
UW taking too long... but Hughes nails a three from the top. That helps.
10:26
Timeout WI... they have one left.
UW 54, MU 58
1:18 left
10:27
MU runs 16 seconds and then loses it out of bounds! UW ball.
10:27
UW gets in the lane and leaves it for Krabby, but he steps on the line! TO back to MU. Ouch.
10:28
He had the ball in deep and probably would have at least drawn a foul, but that darn end line got wider on him. MU calls timeout.
10:28

MU leads 58-54 with 52.2 left on the clock.

10:28
UW will press now with Krabby, Landry and Wilson in the front court.
10:29
MU breaks it easily and runs clock. Leuer fouls out high and Hayward will shoot. UW in the double bonus now.
10:30
J-Bo checks back in for Krabby... gotta have the 3-point shooters on the floor.
Hayward hits one of two... MU by 5.
10:30
Hughes high off several screens and gets to the rim and lays it in! UW down just 3 now, but only 25.9 on the clock. UW calls timeout. That's their last.
10:31
UW will have to foul coming out of the timeout and hope MU misses a few  of these.
10:31
UW will have Hughes, Landry, Krabby, Taylor and Wilson out there. Two freshmen for this press.
10:32
Oooo... UW darn near gets a jump ball off the in-bounds. A foul is called instead. Acker will shoot two.
10:32
UW has the possession arrow by the way.
10:33
Acker hits one of two.
J-Bo replaces Krabby.
22.0 left
10:33
Hughes pump fakes, gets his man in the air, then tries to lean into a three trying to draw the foul. No call is made (and shouldn't have been) and his shot is well short.
10:34
Hayward rebounds and is fouled right away. He hits one of two.
10:34
J-Bo hits a long two, but the buzzer sounds on the in-bounds and it's all over.
10:34
Final score
Wisconsin 58, Marquette 61
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