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Game Thread: Marquette Golden Eagles at North Carolina Tar Heels

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The Golden Eagles travel to Chapel Hill for the first time in 20 years.

Duke v North Carolina Photo by Peyton Williams/UNC/Getty Images

THE VITALS: Marquette Golden Eagles (10-12, 6-10 Big East) at North Carolina Tar Heels (14-7, 8-5 ACC)

THE DATE: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

THE TIME: 6pm Central

THE LOCATION: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

THE TELEVISION: ESPN2, with Rece Davis and Jon Crispin on the call

THE STREAMING: WatchESPN.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: Stat Broadcast

THE LINE: Marquette +8.5

THE PROJECTION: KenPom.com gives North Carolina a 79% chance of victory, with a predicted score of 75-67.

THE EXCITEMENT LEVEL: KenPom.com gives this game a Thrill Score of 49.6, making it the 10th most potentially exciting game out of the 39 Division 1 games scheduled for the day.

MARQUETTE PROBABLE LINEUP

  • D.J. Carton (12.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.1 steals)
  • Greg Elliott (5.4 points, 1.6 rebounds)
  • Koby McEwen (11.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists)
  • Dawson Garcia (12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds)
  • Theo John (8.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.7 blocks)

MARQUETTE INJURY NOTES: Freshman forwards Justin Lewis and Oso Ighodaro were declared to be out for this game by head coach Steve Wojciechowski on Tuesday during his media availability. Ighodaro has missed the last four games, while Lewis has missed five of the last six and looked incredibly hobbled in the seven minutes he played against Creighton on February 6th. Wojciechowski does not expect either man to be available “any time soon.”

NORTH CAROLINA PROBABLE LINEUP

  • Caleb Love (10.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 steals)
  • Kerwin Walton (7.9 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists)
  • Leaky Black (5.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals)
  • Armando Bacot (11.8 points, 7.7 rebounds)
  • Garrison Brooks (10.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists)