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Purdue at Illinois: GameThread & How to Watch

Game 1 of very big week.

NCAA Basketball: Purdue at Illinois Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

It is a huge week for Purdue basketball, one that will likely decide if there will still be a shot at a 25th Big Ten Championship. Purdue is already up against it with the losses to Rutgers and Wisconsin, but thanks to Northwestern’s upset in East Lansing on Saturday the Boilers are right back in the race. For how long depends on this week.

Step one is today at Illinois. The Illini are the last team unbeaten in Big Ten play, so a loss today moves Purdue three back already, while a win means Purdue maintains a “win out and win the Big Ten” possibility where it needs no outside helps. Thursday is an always tough trip to Bloomington, where the Hoosiers are probably due for a win over the Boilers. Finally, on Sunday we come home to face a Northwestern team that is dangerous, as Michigan State found out.

It’s a tense week. 3-0 opens the door very wide for the Big Ten and No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. 2-1 has the hopes on life support. Anything less will cause a full fledged panic.

Take step 1 today.

Basketball GameDay Vitals

St. Peter's Peacocks Record: 21-11, 14-6 MAAC
St. Peter's Peacocks Record: 21-11, 14-6 MAAC
From: Jersey City, NJ
Game Location: Philadelphia, PA
Venue: Wells Fargo Center (19,500)
Odds: Purdue by 12.5
Date & Time: Friday, March 25, 2022, 7:09pm ET
Streaming Radio TuneIn
Live Stats: Purdue Sports
KenPom 101
NET 124
Blog Representation: None
2020-21 Record 14-11, 10-8
Postseason Result: None
NCAA Tournament History: 4th appearance. This is the first season they have won a game. 2017 CIT Champions
Series With Purdue: Purdue leads 1-0
Last Purdue win: 65-43 in Chicago, IL on 3/18/2011 (NCAA Tournament First Round)
Last St. Peter's win: None
Coach: Shaheen holloway (63-55 in 4th year at St. Peter's)