Illinois and Marshall basketball meet Sunday in a nonconference game on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 5 p.m. ET. Find the game time, TV channel, live stream and odds below.
Illinois is 3-0 in Brad Underwood’s first season as head coach, while Marshall is 2-1, having just suffered its first loss of the season against Morehead State. Illinois beat DePaul, 82-73, on Friday.
What channel is Illinois-Marshall on?
Illinois vs. Marshall basketball will not be on TV.
How to live stream Illinois-Marshall online
Illinois vs. Marshall basketball will be on BTN Plus, Big Ten Network’s online subscription service. Find out more about that here.
How can I listen to Illinois-Marshall on the radio?
You can listen on the Fighting Illini Sports Network.
Underwood’s tenure as Illinois’ coach was a successful one before he even got on the court, reeling in some blue-chip commits in the preseason. So far, the Illini have been okay on the court. A 102-55 win over Southern to open the season was notable at least for the margin of victory, while a 3-point win over Tennessee-Martin and a 9-point win over DePaul won’t exactly win over a fanbase by themselves.
This game will be another building block as Underwood tries to prove himself to the Illini fanbase.
Bruce Underwood should get some leeway with fans for this job. Illinois only has one senior in its regular rotation, and that’s Mark Alstork, a grad transfer who got to the team this summer. The Illini are young, and that’ll show against teams that have a bit more firepower than those they’ve faced so far. Good news for Illinois is that Marshall isn’t one of those teams.
It’s Illinois’ fourth straight home game as a favorite. The Illini should win here.
KenPom projects an 89-79 win for Illinois, and gives the Illini an 82 percent chance of winning. Marshall’s a young team that only has two seniors who see minutes, and was 149th in KenPom’s rankings last season. The Thundering Herd have backtracked to No. 194 to start this season, and it’s not hard to see why. They’re lacking on defense, having allowed 91, 74 and 86 points in their three games. Their adjusted defensive efficiency, KenPom’s preferred defensive stat, ranks 295th in the country. Marshall has two 6-foot-9 players among its top six minute-getters, but does not rebound or protect the paint particularly well. Illinois ranks 330th in three-point shooting percentage so far this season, so the Illini will be attempting to get points on the inside. Even without a size advantage, Illinois’ combination of freshman guard Mark Smith, junior forward Leron Black and senior Alstork should be able to penetrate a weak Marshall defense.