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Nicholls at Purdue: GameThread & How to Watch

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It’s the final non-conference game until March.

NCAA Basketball: Nicholls State at Baylor Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time since 2009-10 Purdue men's basketball can finish the non-conference portion of its season undefeated. The only team standing in the way is a Nicholls squad that is very interesting. They were a regular season conference champion a year ago. They also went to Wisconsin a few weeks ago and played the badgers to a three-point game. They are currently projected as a 16 seed in March as the Southland winner, so we’re looking at a potential tournament team and roughly who could be a first round matchup.

Purdue should win, and quite easily. We are playing in Mackey, after all. This is still a decent team and a worthy final tune-up before returning to conference play. That is where the real season begins (again) here in a few days, especially since the one defeat we have suffered was in conference play.

Let’s get that perfect non-conference mark.

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
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)