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GameThread: #20 Marquette Golden Eagles vs #14 Buffalo Bulls

You could make an argument that this is the most important game of the week in the country.

NCAA Basketball: Buffalo at Syracuse
Hey, look, it’s Nate Oats being dumbfounded by Brian O’Connell.
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THE VITALS: #20 Marquette Golden Eagles vs #14 Buffalo Bulls

THE DATE: Friday, December 21, 2018

THE TIME: 7:30pm Central

THE LOCATION: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI

THE TELEVISION: FS1, with Brian Anderson and Stephen Bardo on the call

THE STREAMING: FoxSportsGo.com

THE RADIO: 540 ESPN Milwaukee, available through the TuneIn app, with Steve “The Homer” True and Tony Smith on the call

THE LIVE STATS: Sidearm Stats

THE LINE: Marquette -2

THE PROJECTION: KenPom.com gives Marquette a 57% chance of victory, with a predicted score of 78-76.

THE EXCITEMENT LEVEL: KenPom gives this game a Thrill Score of 71.7, the best score of the day.

MARQUETTE PROBABLE LINEUP

  • Markus Howard (23.2 pts, 4.2 rebs, 4.5 asts, 1.2 stls)
  • Sacar Anim (6.5 pts, 3.2 rebs)
  • Sam Hauser (14.7 pts, 6.8 rebs, 2.2 asts)
  • Joey Hauser (10.2 pts, 5.7 rebs, 2.5 asts)
  • Theo John (6.3 pts, 3.5 rebs, 1.8 blks)

Marquette Lineup Reminder: Greg Elliott will sit out the remainder of the 2018-19 season as he recovers from thumb surgery.

BUFFALO PROBABLE LINEUP

  • Davonta Jordan (7.8 pts, 2.8 rebs, 3.7 asts, 1.7 stls)
  • CJ Massinburg (17.9 pts, 7.2 rebs, 3.1 asts, 1.2 stls)
  • Jayvon Graves (9.9 pts, 3.2 rebs, 2.4 asts)
  • Jeremy Harris (13.1 pts, 5.0 rebs, 2.7 asts)
  • Montell McRae (6.5 pts, 3.4 rebs)