MADISON, Wis. When George Marshall began the season, many presumed he would effortlessly slide into the role of starting point guard at Wisconsin. There would be growing pains, yes, but he possessed a combination of speed and shooting prowess to make his talent stand out and ease the pain of losing guard Josh Gasser to a season-ending ACL injury.
Marshall had sparkled the previous season on the scout team, and if he played with the same confidence and aggressiveness, it seemed few teams would be able to contain him. He was a star waiting to break out in front of a nation.
But six games into the season, inconsistent play caused Marshall to lose his starting spot, and his minutes have continued to plunge. With it, Marshall's confidence has wavered.
Needless to say, it hasn't exactly been the redshirt freshman season he envisioned. So can you blame the guy for being disappointed?
"It's definitely up and down, up and down," Marshall said. "It's defini...