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Purdue at Rutgers: GameThread & How to Watch

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The first true road game of 2021.

NCAA Basketball: Purdue at Rutgers Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

It is always tricky on the road in Big Ten play. If you want to win he title you need to hold serve at home, preferably going 10-0, then get at least 6 road games. In some places it is easier. Northwestern is often a friendly place for road wins. In others, it is harder. Rutgers is struggling to gain any traction this season, but they have beaten Purdue three straight times, are tough at home, they went to the NCAAs and won a game last year, and they have the motivation of getting the No. 1 team in the country at home.

Purdue is often the hunter when ranked teams come to Mackey, but now we’re the hunted headed to the RAC. This is a dangerous team with talent and experience. Purdue needs to be on its guard and get that first precious road win in conference play at a venue where Lafayette already won.

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)