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Big East Game Thread: Marquette Golden Eagles vs Xavier Musketeers

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One last Game Thread for the regular season.

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THE VITALS: Marquette Golden Eagles (12-13, 7-11 Big East) vs Xavier Musketeers (13-6, 6-6 Big East)

THE DATE: Saturday, March 6, 2021

THE TIME: 8pm Central

THE LOCATION: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

THE TELEVISION: FS1, with Bob Brainerd and Jess Settles 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 -2

THE PROJECTION: KenPom.com gives Marquette a 51% chance of victory, with a predicted score of 73-72.

THE EXCITEMENT LEVEL: KenPom.com gives this game a Thrill Score of 65.6, making it the 13th most potentially exciting game out of the 78 scheduled between Division 1 opponents today.

MARQUETTE PROBABLE LINEUP

  • D.J. Carton (12.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.1 steals)
  • Koby McEwen (10.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists)
  • Jamal Cain (9.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists)
  • Dawson Garcia (13.2 points, 6.6 rebounds)
  • Theo John (8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.5 blocks)

MARQUETTE INJURY NOTE: Freshman forward Oso Ighodaro remains out with his foot injury.

XAVIER PROBABLE LINEUP

  • Dwon Odom (6.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists)
  • Paul Scruggs (13.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.7 steals)
  • Colby Jones (7.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals)
  • Jason Carter (5.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists)
  • Zach Freemantle (16.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists)

XAVIER INJURY NOTE: Senior guard Nate Johnson is out for the year. Johnson contributed 14 points (4-for-6 three-point shooting) along with five rebounds and an assist to Xavier’s win over Marquette in Cincinnati back in December. Junior forward Ben Stanley is also out for the year after tearing his ACL on January 6th. The Marquette game earlier this year was Stanley’s Xavier debut after he was ruled eligible after transferring from Hampton. He played six minutes and grabbed two rebounds. Stanley played in the next three games before suffering that injury.