The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team heads to Fiserv Forum on Saturday for its first game in Marquette’s new home venue holding a 67-57 lead in the all-time series between the in-state foes.
There have been plenty of highlights in the games over the years, but few can match the battle in 1974, when Maurice Lucas nearly fumbled the ball before firing up a shot from 20 feet that went in, lifting Marquette to a stunning 59-58 victory on its home court.
Coach Al McGuire hopped onto the scorer’s table at the Milwaukee Arena and raised his fists in a moment famously photographed by Milwaukee Sentinel photographer Robert L. “Buck” Miller. With McGuire’s back to the camera, we see Wisconsin coach John Powless walking away dejectedly, Marquette assistant Hank Raymonds in a rare moment of jubilation, and a fan identified as the father of UW players Kim and Kerry Hughes (Glenn Hughes), uh, saluting McGuire.
The game was marred by controversy after the 15-foot jump shot by UW’s Dale Koehler at the end of the first half was waved off, with officials claiming the ball left Koehler’s hand too late.
Wisconsin was ahead, 43-34, with 9 minutes to go but committed eight turnovers thereafter. Kim Hughes missed two free throws with the Badgers ahead one point and 17 seconds on the clock, setting up the final drama.
It was the second one-point game of the season between the teams. On Dec. 29, 1973, Marquette survived in overtime against the Badgers, 49-48. With 8 seconds left, Marquette’s Maurice Washington stole Koehler’s inbound pass, giving the Warriors control. Marquette missed the free throw, but Gary Anderson’s three-quarter court shot for UW went for naught.
Marquette won the game last year in Madison, though the Badgers won the last time in Milwaukee in a 93-84 track meet Dec. 10, 2016, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Here are eight other games that went down to the wire:
Dec. 12, 2015: Marquette 57, Wisconsin 55
The Badgers were coming off back-to-back appearances in the Final Four, but it was Marquette that emerged from this one at the Kohl Center. Golden Eagles star freshman Henry Ellenson drove to the hoop with less than 30 seconds left, and fellow big man Luke Fischer cleaned up the miss for the go-ahead basket.
The Badgers had one look to tie and another to win on the ensuing possession, but both were off the mark. Although Haanif Cheatham missed the front end of a bonus, Fischer corralled the rebound that all but sealed the game (even though Marquette missed the subsequent free throw, as well, with 1.7 seconds left).
Dec. 12, 2010: Wisconsin 69, Marquette 64
With the Badgers up three points, Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser forced a Marquette turnover with 2.6 seconds left, keeping the Golden Eagles from getting a potential game-tying shot off at the Bradley Center.
A crowd of more than 19,000 saw Jordan Taylor miss a crucial free throw that enabled the Golden Eagles one last look, but a Dwight Buycks handoff to Darius Johnson-Odom was broken up by Gasser, who knocked it out of bounds off Buycks.
Dec. 6, 2008: Marquette 61, Wisconsin 58
Just eight games into Buzz Williams’ tenure, the Golden Eagles head coach had his first signature victory, a narrow win over the Badgers at the Bradley Center. Jerel McNeal scored 26 points with seven rebounds.
Dec. 20, 2003: Wisconsin 63, Marquette 59
Marquette’s Steve Novak had a look to tie the game with 13 seconds left, and Wisconsin’s Alando Tucker reeled in the one-armed rebound before splitting a pair of free throws to make it a four-point game with 7 seconds left.
Both teams were ranked (Marquette at No. 23 and Wisconsin No. 22 by the Associated Press), and the game was televised nationally.
Nov. 14, 1997: Marquette 65, Wisconsin 60
Aaron Hutchins scored the last nine points to lift Marquette in the final contest between the programs at the UW Field House.
Brian Wardle’s rebound and baseline shot tied the game at 56 with 2:49 to play, and Hutchins took it from there. His three-pointer from the top of the key gave his team a 63-60 lead with 30.5 seconds left, and Sean Mason missed a three for UW on the next possession. Hutchins came away with the rebound at the 12.8 mark and sank both free throws.
Dec. 2, 1989: Wisconsin 63, Marquette 58
Kurt Portmann’s tip-in with 3 seconds left in overtime gave the Badgers a 59-58 lead in the title game of the First Bank Classic, marking his first basket of the game. Marquette then threw away the inbound pass and was whistled for a technical foul for trying to call a timeout with none left.
After the two techs and two free throws following the Badgers’ inbound, Wisconsin had the five-point margin of victory. Danny Jones led Wisconsin with 25 points.
Nov. 30, 1985: Wisconsin 75, Marquette 74
Wisconsin won for just the third time in 23 meetings in the series. With two top UW players (Rick Olson and J.J. Weber) on the bench with four fouls, the Badgers went on a late surge for a 68-61 lead. But Marquette scored the next seven points, tying the game at 68 with 2:14 to go.
Free throws by Rod Ripley, Weber and Shelton Smith helped UW build a lead to 75-72 with 16 seconds left, though Pat Foley of Marquette scored a basket, and Wisconsin’s Smith was fouled with 3 seconds left. He missed the front end of the bonus, but an MU full-court heave wasn’t to be.
Dec. 15, 1979: Wisconsin 57, Marquette 56
Wisconsin held the tenuous one-point lead when the Badgers’ Claude Gregory was whistled for an offensive foul with 36 seconds left, but Marquette’s subsequent possession didn’t yield the look it wanted. UW’s Wes Matthews blocked Michael Wilson’s shot out of bounds with 1 second left. The Warriors’ lobbing inbound pass wound up in the hands of UW’s Dan Hastings to seal the win.