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NIT GameThread: Boise State vs Illinois

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The Broncos begin round two NIT play against host Illinois in t-minus 15 minutes, so stick around and watch the game with OBNUG if that's your thing. Pop quiz: which is the Illinois logo?


Boise State will need another big game from junior Chandler Hutchison, who put up career numbers in the NIT's first round game against Utah...especially since tonight the Broncos will be two men down with David Wacker and James Reid unable to suit up. Illinois defeated Valparaiso 82-57 in their first round NIT matchup and are hoping to sink the Bronco battleship in similar fashion. The Broncos would be wise to shut down Malcolm Hill, who posted his season average (17 points) against Valpo.

How to watch

The game will be televised on ESPN proper (Channel Finder: DirecTV 206, Dish 140, Cable ONE 133/1133) with Doug Sherman and Stephen Howard on the call. As usual, Bob Behler and Abe Jackson will be handling the game call on 670 KBOI.

Betting line

Boise State is an 8-point dog tonight, but remember...they were 12 point dogs to Utah and slightly outperformed that prediction.

*The logo on the right is the Fighting Illini logo...the one on the left is the logo for Mutual of Omaha.