How to Watch Illinois vs. Morehead State Basketball: Live Stream & TV Channel Info – NCAA Tournament First Round

The No. 3 seed Illinois Fighting Illini (26-8) and the No. 14 seed Morehead State Eagles (26-8) will meet on Thursday at 3:10 PM ET in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The matchup airs on truTV.

The Fighting Illini’s game against the Eagles will be available on truTV, so tune in.

Fighting Illini vs. Eagles Game Info

  • Date: Thursday, March 21, 2024
  • Time: 3:10 PM ET
  • TV: truTV
  • Live Stream: Stream NCAA men’s basketball on Paramount Plus and Hulu + Live TV
  • Where: Omaha, Nebraska
  • Venue: CHI Health Center Omaha

Fighting Illini Insights

  • Illinois is ceding 73.8 points per game this season (240th-ranked in college basketball), but it has really shined offensively, scoring 84.4 points per contest (ninth-best).
  • The Fighting Illini rank seventh-best in the nation by averaging 41.3 boards per game. In terms of rebounds allowed, they rank 72nd in college basketball (32.9 allowed per contest).
  • So far this season, Illinois ranks 182nd in college basketball in assists, delivering 13 per game.
  • The Fighting Illini rank 87th in the country at 10.3 turnovers per game, but they are forcing 8.5 turnovers per game, which ranks third-worst in college basketball.
  • With 8.3 three-pointers per game, Illinois ranks 88th in the nation. It owns a 34.9% shooting percentage from downtown, which ranks 127th in college basketball.
  • The Fighting Illini are 40th in college basketball with 6.1 threes allowed per game this season. Meanwhile, they rank 234th with a 34.3% shooting percentage allowed from three-point land.
  • This year, Illinois has taken 61.7% two-pointers, accounting for 71.6% of the team’s baskets. It has shot 38.3% from three-point land (28.4% of the team’s baskets).

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Eagles Insights

  • On offense, Morehead State is the 117th-ranked team in the country (75.5 points per game). Defensively, it is eighth-best (62.8 points conceded per game).
  • The Eagles are the 23rd-best squad in college basketball in rebounds per game (39.6) and ninth-best in rebounds allowed (30.5).
  • This season Morehead State is ranked 71st in the nation in assists at 14.9 per game.
  • In 2023-24, the Eagles are 178th in college basketball in turnovers committed (11.2 per game) and 279th in turnovers forced (10.2).
  • Beyond the arc, Morehead State is 25th-best in the country in 3-pointers made per game (9.4). It is 69th in 3-point percentage at 36%.
  • The Eagles are the 10th-best team in the nation in 3-pointers allowed (5.6 per game) and 10th-best in 3-point percentage defensively (29.6%).
  • Morehead State attempts 45.2% percent of its shots from beyond the arc, and 34.6% of its made shots are from there. Inside the arc, it takes 54.8% of its shots, with 65.4% of its makes coming from there.

Fighting Illini Leaders

  • Terrence Shannon Jr. leads the Fighting Illini in scoring, tallying 23 points per game to go with 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
  • Illinois’ leading rebounder is Quincy Guerrier averaging 6.3 boards per game and its best passer is Marcus Domask and his 3.7 assists per game.
  • Shannon leads the Fighting Illini in three-point shooting, knocking down an average of 2.4 shots per game from beyond the arc.
  • Coleman Hawkins is Illinois’ leader in steals and blocks, racking up 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks per game.

Eagles Leaders

  • Riley Minix sits atop the Eagles leaderboards for both scoring and rebounding with 20.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
  • Drew Thelwell notches more assists than any other Morehead State player with 6.2 per game. He also scores 10 points and pulls down 3.1 rebounds per game.
  • Kalil Thomas is reliable from distance and leads the Eagles with 3.1 made threes per game.
  • Minix (1.3 steals per game) is the steal leader for Morehead State while Dieonte Miles (1.2 blocks per game) is the block leader.
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