LOUISVILLE, KY (WSAU) The Marquette men's basketball team is still tied for first place in the Big East Conference, despite getting crushed at Louisville yesterday 70-to-51. Marquette and Syracuse now lead the conference at 6-and-2. 12th-ranked Louisville improved to 6-and-3, a half-game out of first.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to 9-to-1 lead, but Louisville went on a 37-to-15 run to end the first half. The Cardinals rolled from there, going up by as much as 23 in the second half. Vander Blue had 17 points for Marquette, which was out-shot 52-to-36 percent. The Cardinals out-rebounded Marquette 38-26.
Russ Smith scored 18 for Louisville, which won only its second game in its last five after being ranked Number-One earlier in the season. The Cardinals improved to 18-and-4 overall. 25th-ranked Marquette lost for only the second time in its last 10 games.
The Eagles blew a chance to take a one-game lead in the Big East, and they’re now 15-and-5 overall. Their next game is on Wednesday at South Florida. The Wisconsin men’s basketball team won its fifth straight game over Illinois yesterday, 74-to-68 in Champaign. The Badgers took the lead for good with just over six minutes left in the first half. They went up by 13 early in the second half, and hung on from there.
After failing to get to the free throw line in its previous game, Bo Ryan’s team took 42 shots from the charity stripe against the Illini, and made 28. And Wisconsin hit the 50-point mark with 11:15 to play, after failing to score 50 in each of its last three outings. Illinois barely outshot the Badgers 44-to-43 percent, but Wisconsin had a decisive 38-26 edge on the boards.
Ben Brust led the Badgers with 20 points, the first time he was in double figures since the Big Ten opener. Frank Kaminsky had a career-high 19 points – including 12-of-14 from the line. Joseph Bertrand scored 17 for Illinois, which fell to 2-and-7 in the Big Ten and 15-and-8 overall.
Wisconsin is in fifth place in the conference, but is only two games behind front-running Indiana. The Badgers are now 6-and-3 in league play and 15-and-7 overall. They’ll host Iowa on Wednesday night. The Wisconsin women collapsed in the second half yesterday, and lost at home to Illinois 64-to-56. The game was tied at 35 with just over 18 minutes left when the Illini pulled away. The Badgers only made 5-of-17 shots in the final 20 minutes – and they committed 15-of-their-27 turnovers in the second half. Illinois had 19 steals, the most against Wisconsin this season. The Illini scored 21 points off of Wisconsin’s mistakes.
Adrienne GodBold had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Illinois, which improved to 6-and-3 in the Big Ten and 13-and-8 overall. Morgan Paige led Wisconsin with 23 points, but she only scored five after halftime.
Tiera Stephen had a career-high 14, as the Badgers dropped to 2-and-7 in the Big Ten and 10-and-12 overall. They’ll play at Ohio State on Thursday night.