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#1 Purdue vs. #9 Illinois - Open Thread and How to Watch

Can Purdue take down the Illini?

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Purdue returns home to Mackey Arena tonight for the rare top 10 matchup. Purdue of course is #1 and Illinois sits at #9 in the latest AP Poll. This will likely go down as one of the strangest top ten matchups in the history of Mackey as I think most people aren’t sure exactly what to make of Illinois at this point. They are of course without star Terrence Shannon who has been suspended indefinitely. They were able to take down Northwestern with ease without Shannon, something Purdue of course failed to do. That’s just one game so I’m not sure we truly know too much about this Illinois team.

Who: #1 Purdue (13-1, 2-1) vs. #9 Illinois (11-2, 2-0)

When: 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: West Lafayette, Ind. Mackey Arena Capacity - 14,876

TV: FS1 (Brandon Gaudin, Robbie Hummel)

Radio: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)

This should make for an interesting matchup and winning this one could go a long way toward putting one of these teams in the driver’s seat for a Big Ten title. A loss doesn’t doom them but it’s certainly one both teams would love to have. Join us in the open thread to chat with fellow Boilermakers.