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Big East Game Thread: Marquette Golden Eagles at RV Xavier Musketeers

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What will the Golden Eagles do on the road against a team that’s been off for 11 days?

Marq vs Xavier

THE VITALS: Marquette Golden Eagles (5-3, 1-1 Big East) at RV Xavier Musketeers (7-0, 0-0 Big East)

THE DATE: Sunday, December 20, 2020

THE TIME: 1pm Central

THE LOCATION: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

THE TELEVISION: FS1, with Eric Collins and Dickey Simpkins on the call.

THE STREAMING: FoxSportsGo.com

THE RADIO: 94.5 FM 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 +3

THE PROJECTION: KenPom.com gives Xavier a 56% chance of victory with a predicted score of 71-70.

THE EXCITEMENT LEVEL: KenPom.com gives this game a Thrill Score of 70.1, making it the fourth most potentially exciting game out of the 27 games scheduled between Division 1 opponents on the day.

MARQUETTE PROBABLE LINEUP

  • D.J. Carton (12.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.6 steals)
  • Koby McEwen (14.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists)
  • Jamal Cain (9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.4 steals)
  • Dawson Garcia (12.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists)
  • Theo John (7.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.3 blocks)

MARQUETTE INJURY NOTE: Symir Torrence is still listed as Questionable in the game notes for this contest with a foot injury.

XAVIER PROBABLE LINEUP

  • Dwon Odom (6.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.0 blocks)
  • Paul Scruggs (14.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 2.0 steals)
  • Nate Johnson (13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.7 steals)
  • Zach Freemantle (18.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 blocks)
  • Jason Carter (7.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 steals)

XAVIER ROSTER NOTE: Dwon Odom is not cleared to play. Xavier has used the same starting five all season so far.