At this time a year ago, Marquette's Todd Mayo was the difference-maker in a rare home loss for the Badgers at the Kohl Center. The Golden Eagles were able to limit Jordan Taylor, which was also key for Buzz Williams' squad.
The last time that Bo Ryan and company came to Milwaukee, in 2010, the road team once again came away victorious. The contrasting styles that these two in-state rivals play are what makes this such an intriguing matchup.
Wisconsin utilizes the swing offense, a slow pace of play with many shots coming late in the shot clock. Marquette has more of a run-and-gun style, pushing the ball up court and fast breaking but sometimes struggling in a half court offense.
Both teams certainly bring toughness though, which starts at the top from their head coaches. Both teams came into 2012-13 with high expectations, and while neither team has necessarily been disappointing, they haven't been overly impressive either.
Saturday's winner should have a boatload of confidence, as well as statewide pride, throughout the final weeks of non-conference play leading into league games. Will the road team have continued success, or will the Golden Eagles extend their winning streak in this series to two?