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GameThread: Marquette Golden Eagles vs Loyola Maryland Greyhounds

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It’s the season opener! First game of the year! Other assorted phrases and words that could be used here!

NCAA Basketball: Loyola-Maryland at Maryland
No, but really, his name is Chuck Champion.
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THE VITALS: Marquette Golden Eagles (0-0) vs Loyola Maryland Greyhounds (0-0)

THE DATE: Tuesday, November 5, 2019

THE TIME: 7pm Central

THE LOCATION: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI

THE TELEVISION: Fox College Sports (whatever that is) with Chris Vosters (play-by-play) and Dickey Simpkins on the call. If you live in the Milwaukee area, the game should be picked up on Fox Sports Wisconsin. If you live elsewhere, give your local Fox Sports regional provider a try. No promises, though.

THE STREAMING: Fox Sports Go, which now appears to only be a mobile app. You probably also have to get Fox College Sports on your cable package in order to stream it, so good luck with that.

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 -19.5

THE PROJECTION: KenPom.com gives Marquette a 96% chance of victory, with a predicted score of 85-67.

THE EXCITEMENT LEVEL: KenPom gives the game a Thrill Score of 18.6, ranking it as the 48th best game out of the 148 scheduled for the day. There’s only 88 Division 1 vs Division 1 games, though.

MARQUETTE PROBABLE LINEUP

  • Markus Howard
  • Koby McEwen
  • Sacar Anim
  • Brendan Bailey
  • Theo John

LOYOLA MARYLAND PROBABLE LINEUP

  • Jaylin Andrews
  • Isaiah Hart
  • Andrew Kostecka
  • Chuck Champion
  • Casmir Ochiaka

That’s something of a wild guess. That’s the lineup that the Greyhounds used in last year’s season finale in the Patriot League tournament, and all five of those guys are back in 2019-20. I’d love to give you something more solid here, but that would involve Loyola or Johns Hopkins publishing a box score from their exhibition game on November 1st.