The Badgers had a 23-1 record against the UW-Milwaukee Panthers heading into Saturday's contest, and they weren't about to add another blemish to that scorecard. It was relatively smooth sailing for Wisconsin, rolling over Milwaukee 67-46.
Not really a surprise here by any means. First off all, the Badgers are a much bigger program and can recruit a lot better than a school like UW-M. Even though high school hoops in and around Milwaukee are quite competitive, many of those kids think about Marquette before they would Milwaukee.
The end result is guys like James Eayrs, the 6'7", 340-pounder you see in the picture above, who looks like he has no business playing division one ball.
This state rivalry doesn't really carry the weight of a UW/MU rivalry, either. The game was played at the too early on a Saturday hour of 11am, and wasn't even available on state television. Even so, it's a good litmus test for a school like Milwaukee, who drops to 3-4 on the season with the loss.
For you numbers lovers out there, Trevon Hughes lead the way with 16 points, while Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft each chipped in with 12. Krabbenhoft did work on the boards as well, grabbing 10 rebounds.
Next up for the Badgers is the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, where they will take on Virginia Tech this Monday night on ESPN2.
Elsewhere in state basketball, Marquette steam rolled over Kurt Warner's Alma-mater 73-43 in the Chicago Invitational. Next up for the Golden Eagles is a Saturday night match up with the undefeated Dayton Flyers.