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Game Thread: Marquette Golden Eagles vs #11 Illinois Fighting Illini

The first real test of the Shaka Era.

A Belted kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) is perched in a bush... Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images

THE VITALS: Marquette Golden Eagles (2-0) vs Illinois Fighting Illini (2-0)

THE DATE: Monday, November 15, 2021

THE TIME: 6:00pm Central

THE LOCATION: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wi

THE TELEVISION: FS1, With Brandon Gaudin and Donny Marshall on the call


THE RADIO: 94.5 ESPN Milwaukee, available through Wisconsin On Demand, with Steve “The Homer” True and Tony Smith on the call

THE LIVE STATS: Sidearm Stats

THE LINE: Marquette +9 thanks to our friends at Draft Kings

THE PROJECTION: gives Illinois an 81% chance of victory, projecting the score to be 77-68.

THE EXCITEMENT LEVEL: The 2nd most exciting game of the day, gives this game a Thrill Score of 54.4.


  • Tyler Kolek (8.5 pts, 1.5 rebs, 6.0 ast, 2.0 stl)
  • Darryl Morsell (23.5 pts, 3.5 rebs, 3.5 ast)
  • Justin Lewis (17.0 pts, 11.0 rebs, 1.0 ast, 1.5 stl)
  • Olivier-Maxence Prosper (7.5 pts, 5.5 rebs, 1.5 stl)
  • Kur Kuath (3.5 pts, 3.0 rebs, 2.0 blk)

MARQUETTE LINEUP NOTE: Greg Elliot remains out for this game with a suspension after a “lapse in judgement.” If you missed it, Keeyan Itejere is redshirting this season. Tyler Kolek appeared to pick up a bit of a knee-related knock during the New Hampshire game. He was able to finish the game and there has been no news of him being out, but maybe that’s something to watch.


  • Andre Curbelo (8.0 pts, 4.0 rebs, 7.0 ast, 2.0 stl)
  • Trent Frazier (12.0 pts, 4.0 rebs, 2.0 stl)
  • Jacob Grandison (17.5 pts, 5.5 rebs, 1.0 ast)
  • Coleman Hawkins (15.0 pts, 10.0 rebs, 3.5 ast, 2.5 stl, 2.5 blk)
  • Omar Payne (4.5 pts, 2.0 rebs, 1.5 blk)

ILLINOIS LINEUP NOTE: Star big man Kofi Cockburn will be out for this game, the third game of a three game suspension handed down by the NCAA.