MADISON, Wis. The more George Marshall wanted to please Wisconsin's coaches early this season, the less he actually played in a manner that drew their approval. It was a catch-22 for Marshall, the Badgers' talented point guard, and he wasn't sure how to escape its clutches.
Marshall, a redshirt freshman, had been pegged as a player to watch dating to his days on Wisconsin's scout team a year ago. He possessed explosiveness to the rim, a quick pull up jumper and pestered opponents attempting to bring the ball up court. So when starting point guard Josh Gasser tore his ACL on Oct. 27, many presumed the Badgers were Marshall's team to run until Gasser's return.
But through his first six starts, Marshall tallied nine assists and seven turnovers -- not exactly a recipe for success at Wisconsin, where the previous point guard, Jordan Taylor, set the all-time NCAA career record for assists-to-turnovers ratio (3.01).
The next game, Marshall's starting spot was gone, granted instead to T...