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Purdue At Illinois GameThread

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It's an elimination game in Champaign, so let's talk about it here.

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Once again, Purdue's season is on the line. We're looking for important consecutive road victories and we're facing an Illinois team missing its best player. That makes this game not so much a must-win as a great opportunity to come away with another road win. Even road wins at Penn State are like gold int he Big Ten. To make the NCAA Tournament Purdue is going to have to win three more times away from Mackey Arena even if it holds serve at home the rest of the way, so why not get one tonight?

Opponent: Illinois Fighting Illini
From: Champaign, IL
Date: 1/21/2014
Venue: State Farm Center (17,085)
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio Stream: TuneIn
Satellite Radio: SIRI 136, XM
Odds: Illinois by 4
Tickets: As low as $7.25 on Stubhub
Tipoff: 9pm
KenPom Ranking: 73 of 351
RPI: 63
Blog Representation: The Champaign Room
2014-15 Record: 12-7, 2-4
All-time series Purdue leads 97-85
Last Purdue win: 66-58 at Illinois on 1/15/2014
Last Illinois Win: 79-59 at Illinois on 2/13/2013
2013-14 Record: 20-15, 7-11 Big Ten (Lost in NIT second round)
Last NCAA appearance: 2013 (2005 NCAA Runner-up)
Coach: John Groce (139-91 overall, 54-35 in 3rd year at Illinois)