Game one of our broadcast schedule at the 2022 Rick Majerus WBY Shootout is an intriguing matchup of two .500 teams with very different paths to that even record.
For the Marshfield Tigers who started the year relatively slow, losing three of their first four games, made a big turn towards the winning side heading into the break having won three of their last four games including three in a row against Wisconsin Valley Conference opponents.
The Tigers are led offensively by sophomore Brooks Hinson averaging 15.8 points per game while shooting 49% from the field, 85% from the free throw line and 50% from behind the arc. Marshfield’s other scorers; Marcus Neve (11.7PPG), Luke LeMoine (11.5PPG) and Owen Hanson (9.5) will need to step up big for coach Chris Fischer in game one against a very athletic Janesville Parker team.
The Janesville Parker Vikings are coach by Matt Bredesen in his fifth year with the Vikings. Bredesen has helped turn the Vikings program around from a 2-21 season in 2017-18 the year before he arrived to an 18-9 record in 2019-2020 season.
This year much like Marshfield, the Vikings have had a rollercoaster start to the year. Janesville Parker lost two of their first three and now heading into the break they won two of their last three, which included a loss to conference leader and #3 team in division one, Middlelton.
The Vikings are led by senior guard Tre Miller who averages 23 points per game while shooting 36% from the field, 73% from the free throw line and 37% from behind the arc.
Another guy to keep an eye on is junior forward JJ Douglas, at 6’5’’ JJ has dominated offensively this year scoring 16ppg and ripping down 16 rebounds per game, including a school record 32 boards against Sun Prairie East on December 9th.
This game will have a lot to watch when it comes to the momentum that both teams have built over the last month and play surrounding the talented guards on both sides, but the question for Marshfield will be how to handle JJ Douglas on the offensive and defensive boards, if they can slow Douglas and Miller down, which will not be easy, the Tigers should come away with a big time win on Wednesday morning.