Purdue At Illinois GameThread

Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

The Boilers and Illini renew their rivalry that is physically one of the closest in the Big Ten.

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Before losing the game in Champaign last season (where coach Painter was so frustrated with his team he got ejected in the second half) Purdue had won eight games in a row against the Illini, which was enough to build a comfortable 96-85 lead in the series.

Regardless of that loss, Purdue has an all-time record of 23-21 in the State Farm Center, which is one of the few Big Ten venues that Purdue has a winning record at.

I still don't know if Rayvonte Rice is playing, but Purdue needs to win regardless.

Projected Starters

Purdue Boilermakers (11-5, 1-2)

Illinois Fighting Illini (13-4, 2-2)

Terone Johnson - Sr.

John Ekey - Sr.

Ronnie Johnson - So.

Nnanna Egwu - Jr.

Kendall Stephens - Fr.

Joseph Bertrand - Sr.

Basil Smotherman - Fr.

Tracy Abrams - Jr.

A.J. Hammons - So.

Kendrick Nunn - Fr.

Series with Purdue:

Purdue leads 96-85

Last Purdue win:

68-61 at Purdue on 1/2/2013

Last Illinois win:

79-59 at Illinois on 2/13/2013

Odds:

Illinois by 6

Blog Representation:

The Champaign Room

Location:

Champaign, IL

Best Postseason Result:

NCAA Runner-up in 2005

2012-13 record:

23-13, 8-10 Big Ten (lost to Miami 63-59 in NCAA Second Round)

Coach:

John Groce (121-73 all-time, 36-17 at Illinois)

RPI:

34

Time:

9pm

Streaming Video:

BTN2Go

TV:

Big Ten Network

Radio:

Purdue Radio Network

Streaming Audio:

TuneIn.com

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