We have a marquee battle for first place in the Big Ten tonight as the No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers welcome the No. 13 Illinois Fighting Illini to Mackey Arena.
Purdue (20-3, 9-3 Big Ten) has rattled off five consecutive wins and are making a strong push for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Boilermakers triumphed over Michigan 82-76 on Saturday, a game where the team shot 52% from the field in the contest. Jaden Ivey dropped 23 points, seven assists, and six rebounds in the win.
Illinois (17-5, 10-2 Big Ten) enters tonight’s battle having won four straight and are coming off a 74-57 thrashing of Indiana on Saturday. This was a tight contest until the final 10 minutes where the Illini stepped on the gas and pulled away from the Hoosiers. Trent Frazier led with 23 points in the win.
When: Tuesday, February 8th, 9:00 p.m. ET
Where: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, IN
Where to live stream online: WatchESPN, ESPN app
Live updates and stats: At DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Purdue -6
The previous matchup between these two teams was a 96-88 double-overtime thriller won Purdue. These a two Top 20 teams in offensive adjusted efficiency per KenPom and should deliver another fireworks show. Hammer the over.
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