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Omaha at Purdue: GameThread & How to Watch

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Name your score, Purdue

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All due respect to our opponents, but this one probably will not be close. Purdue just handled business 5 days ago and beat a legit top 10 team and National title contender. Now it gets an Omaha team deep in the 300s on KenPom that has never made the NCAA Tournament in Mackey Arena. They were a respectable 21-11 in 2019 and finished second in the Summit League, but that was three years ago. They have won six games since the start of last year.

If they pull this win off it would be one of the most shocking upsets not only in Purdue history, but probably in all of college basketball.

We’re not going to have much trouble today. Zach Edey and Trevion Williams will be virtually unopposed in the post and I fully expect the walk-ons to play the last five minutes or so. That's the new challenge: get them in before the last media timeout.

Basketball GameDay Vitals

Illinois Fighting Illini Record: 13-3, 6-0 Big Ten
Illinois Fighting Illini Record: 13-3, 6-0 Big Ten
From: Champaign, IL
Game Location: Champaign, IL
Venue: State Farm Center (15,544)
Odds: No Line Yet
Date & Time: Monday, January 17, 2022, Noon ET
Streaming Radio TuneIn
TV: FOX
Live Stats: Purdue Sports
KenPom 11
NET 11
Blog Representation: The Champaign Room
2020-21 Record 24-7, 16-4 Big Ten
Postseason Result: Lost to Loyola-Chicago 71-58 in NCAA Tournament Second Round
NCAA Tournament History: 31 appearances, last in 2021. 2005 NCAA Runner-up
Series With Purdue: Purdue leads 102-90
Last Purdue win: 73-56 at Purdue on 2/27/2019
Last Illinois win: 66-58 at Illinois on 1/2/2021
Coach: Brad Underwood (84-59 in 5th year at Illinois, 193-86 overall)