REPORT: Illinois hosting Marquette in 2023 Gavitt Games

Illinois will have a helluva challenge early on in the 2023-24 season.

According to Jon Rothstein, the Illini will host Marquette in the 2023 Gavitt Games between the Big Ten and the Big East.

Illinois played the Golden Eagles in Milwaukee two seasons ago — Marquette won the game 67-66 behind a Tyler Kolek game-winner.

Kolek, the Big East Player of the Year, will be back this fall for Shaka Smart’s team, which is coming off a Big East title and No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Marquette fell short of expectations, falling to Michigan State in the Round of 32.

Many experts — including ESPN — project Marquette to start the season as a top-5 team, so…

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