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2018 NIT Quarterfinals GameThread: #2 Marquette vs #4 Penn State

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I think bookending March with trips to Madison Square Garden sounds like a very fun way to go about things.

25th Outback Bowl - Florida Gators v Penn State Nittany Lions
Again, Penn State’s mascot is very weird.
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2018 NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS

THE VITALS: #2 Marquette Golden Eagles (21-13) vs #4 Penn State Nittany Lions (23-13)

THE DATE: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

THE TIME: 6pm Central

THE LOCATION: Al McGuire Center, Milwaukee, WI

THE TELEVISION: ESPN, with Eric Frede & Dino Gaudio on the call

THE STREAMING: WatchESPN

THE RADIO: 540 ESPN Milwaukee, with Steve “The Homer” True & Jim McIlvaine on the call

THE LIVE STATS: GameTracker

THE LINE: Marquette -1.5

THE PROJECTION: KenPom give Marquette a 53% chance of victory, with a predicted score of 77-76.

THE STAKES: The winner advances to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden. They will play either Mississippi State or Louisville, who will play in Louisville, with the broadcast on ESPN coming immediately following the Marquette/Penn State game.

MARQUETTE PROBABLE LINEUP

  • Andrew Rowsey (20.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.7 apg)
  • Markus Howard (20.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.0 spg)
  • Sacar Anim (7.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.7 apg)
  • Sam Hauser (14.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.0 spg)
  • Matt Heldt (4.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.0 bpg)

PENN STATE PROBABLE LINEUP

  • Tony Carr (19.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.7 apg)
  • Shep Garner (11.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.4 apg)
  • Josh Reaves (10.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.3 spg)
  • Lamar Stevens (14.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 bpg)
  • John Harrar (1.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg)