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It’s the first step towards a 25th Big Ten title.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Virginia Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

One of many goals for this year’s edition of Purdue men’s basketball is a record 25th Big Ten Championship. The first step towards that goal begins tonight at home against the Iowa Hawkeyes, and with it comes an added bonus. If Purdue wins, it will very likely be ranked No. 1 in men’s basketball for the first time in program history. Duke lost to Ohio State on Tuesday to open the door, so unless the pollsters justify a one loss Gonzaga (whose one defeat came to a team that lost its next game) Purdue will probably be No. 1 Monday around noon.

Of course, we’re not there yet. We still have to beat the Hawkeyes, and I certainly remember Rick Mount Day. Purdue honored its all time great that day and jumped out to a 20+ point lead, but completely fell apart in the second half to lose 70-63 just five years ago.

Take care of business, boys.

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)