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Time to get back on track.

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Thursday night’s game left all of us with a bad taste in our mouths. Purdue generally played poorly, but still appeared to have stolen the win before Ron Harper Jr. hit an incredible shot for the win. It undeniably stings, and when you’re probably limited to four losses if you want to win the Big Ten getting one in the first two games doesn’t help, especially in a game Purdue should have won going away.

We need a palate cleanser, and that is what the next few games are supposed to be. Purdue is going to be heavily favored in the final four non-conference games. Get those, and a Big Ten title all but assures us of a No. 1 seed in March and the Rutgers game can be written off.

Let’s see how Purdue bounces back today. If it wins comfortably, we have another major conference non-league win and can start looking ahead again.

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: Illinois by 2
Date & Time: Monday, January 17, 2022, Noon ET
Streaming Radio TuneIn
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)