On Monday, Illinois St. vs. Kentucky live stream and TV coverage will highlight the latest from the 2015 NCAA basketball schedule. The Wildcats have been on an early season roll so far, already ranked No. 1 and looking to make up for last year’s disappointing finish to the postseason. Illinois State is nowhere near a contender right now, but with a matchup of this type, it’s possible they will use it as a measuring stick for the rest of the season. An upset win, while seeming improbable, could help them to a tournament bid down the road as 2015 NCAA basketball goes live on ESPN.
An NBC Sports report on Nov. 29 indicated that Kentucky could be without sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis on Monday night, giving Illinois State a glimpse of hope for that major upset. Luis has a hyperextended elbow which he suffered during his team’s win over USF this past Friday. Ulis wasn’t part of practice on Sunday, so without him Kentucky would need to turn to a less consistent backup player such as its freshmen Jamal Murray and Isaiah Briscoe. Illinois State may be eyeing the injury reports right now just to gauge their chances for a big win at Rupp Arena.
It might not be too far-fetched to think that the 3-4 Redbirds have a shot, as they showed when recently playing No. 2 Maryland. Illinois State lost by 11 points to the Terrapins in Mexico, but were down just one point at the half. Maryland finished out the second half outscoring them 46-36 to grab the win. In the loss, MiKyle McIntosh had 17 points while Paris Lee had 15. The Redbirds also hit nearly 39 percent of their three-pointers, so don’t be surprised if they are hoisting up shots from beyond the arc tonight.
To watch Illinois State vs. Kentucky live streaming online on Monday, viewers will need to have ESPN as part of their cable or satellite package. By logging into the WatchESPN or ESPN3 service where available, U.S. viewers will be able to see the live game feed, unless any blackouts or restrictions are in effect for certain regions. For the live TV coverage, ESPN2 is the channel to watch, with game time scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern Time.