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Big East Game Thread: #17 Marquette vs RV Villanova

The Golden Eagles find themselves in need of a win over the Wildcats to get the ship righted again.

Marq vs Nova

THE VITALS: #17 Marquette Golden Eagles (11-5, 2-3 Big East) vs RV Villanova Wildcats (11-5, 4-1 Big East)

THE DATE: Monday, January 15, 2024

THE TIME: 1:30pm Central

THE LOCATION: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

THE TELEVISION: Fox, with Jason Benetti and Bill Raftery on the call.

THE STREAMING: FoxSports.com/live or the Fox Sports app

THE RADIO: 94.5 ESPN Milwaukee, available online at Wisconsin On Demand or The Varsity Network.

THE LIVE STATS: Sidearm Stats

THE LINE: Marquette -6 from our friends at Draft Kings.

THE PROJECTION: KenPom.com gives Marquette a 65% chance of victory, with a predicted score of 72-68.

THE EXCITEMENT LEVEL: KenPom.com gives this game a Thrill Score of 69.8, making it the most potentially exciting game out of the 28 Division 1 contest scheduled for the day. #2? Iowa at Minnesota at 64.8.

THE HUMBLE REQUEST: I think that Marquette games need more Big Pressure by Flash Garments & Swerve The Realest playing.

MARQUETTE PROBABLE LINEUP

  • Tyler Kolek (13.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 6.4 apg, 1.8 spg)
  • Stevie Mitchell (6.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.8 spg)
  • Kam Jones (14.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg)
  • David Joplin (9.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
  • Oso Ighodaro (13.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg)

MARQUETTE INJURY NOTE: Sophomore guards Chase Ross and Sean Jones are out for this game. Ross suffered a shoulder injury two games ago against Seton Hall and won’t be re-evaluated until later this month, while Jones tore his ACL late in MU’s most recent game and has been declared out for the season. Marquette has yet to start a game knowing both men are not available.

VILLANOVA PROBABLE LINEUP

  • Mark Armstrong (7.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.5 apg)
  • Justin Moore (12.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 apg)
  • TJ Bamba (9.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 20 apg)
  • Tyler Burton (8.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.1 apg)
  • Eric Dixon (15.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.3 apg)

VILLANOVA INJURY NOTE: Justin Moore missed five games with a knee sprain, but he returned to the lineup on Friday night against DePaul. Jordan Longino missed that game with an ankle sprain, the first game he missed this season.