LIVE BLOG: Follow Tuesday’s game between No. 3 Purdue and No. 13 Illinois in real time; News and Analysis
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –The No. 3 Purdue basketball battles for a shared spot atop the Big Ten standings when it ends against No. 13 Illinois on Tuesday night at Mackey Arena. A win would give the team their sixth straight and a season sweep of Fighting Illini.
The last time the two programs met, the Boilermakers came away with a 96-88 double-overtime win on the road. Purdue enters the game at 20-3 on the season and 9-3 in the conference, while Illinois is 17-5 and 10-2.
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The Boilermakers are 9-2 under head coach Matt Painter at Mackey Arena against the Fighting Illini, having won seven of the last eight meetings. However, Illinois won the last meeting at West Lafayette, 79-62, on January 21, 2020.
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9:25 p.m. ET — Trevion Williams with his first foul of the game. He and Zach Edey each have one. Edey returns to the game for the Boilermakers to take on Kofi Cockburn.
9:24 p.m. ET — Illinois shoots a high percentage from the field to start the game, which includes a 3-point line.
9:50 p.m. ET, UNDER 16 — He was on the offensive nonstop for Illinois in the opening minutes. The Fighting Illini lead 12-6 with 15:41 left in the first half and are 5-7 from the field, including two 3-pointers.
The Boilermakers went just 3-7 and are 0-2 deep.
9:46 p.m. ET — After making his first four shots to start the game, Trevion Williams arrives with a block on Kofi Cockburn under the basket.
9:14 p.m. ET — Jacob Grandison hits the first 3-pointer of the game. Purdue is yet to make a deep shot but has only one attempt.
9:13 p.m. ET — Zach Edey answered with the first runs for Purdue, but Kofi Cockburn scored again for Illinois on his second possession. The star junior is 2-2 from the floor to open the game.
9:12 p.m. ET — Purdue wins the tip and Jaden Ivey is unable to hit on a 3-point attempt. Illinois does a great job of preventing deep shots, so the Boilermakers will have to adjust accordingly.
At the other end of the field, Kofi Cockburn scores the first basket of the game.
PRE-MATCH — The starting five for Purdue remains the same Tuesday night against Illinois.
- Second-year forward Mason Gillis
- Zach Edey sophomore center
- Second-year guard Jaden Ivey
- Lead goaltender Eric Hunter Jr.
- Senior guard Sasha Stefanovic
Purdue Basketball Stories
- PURDUE A 6-POINT FAVORITE AGAINST ILLINOIS: Purdue has been in pursuit mode in the Big Ten for a few weeks now, and a five-game winning streak puts them in position to reclaim some of the lead on Tuesday night, but that will require beating league leader Illinois at Mackey Arena to get there. Here’s the opening lineup, with a full breakdown of both teams by number this season. CLICK HERE
- BIG TEN LEADING THE LINE: No. 3 Purdue takes on No. 13 Illinois on Tuesday night at Mackey Arena looking for his sixth straight win and a season sweep of Fighting Illini. A win would give the Boilermakers a spot atop the Big Ten standings. CLICK HERE
- KOFI COCKBURN NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Illinois junior center Kofi Cockburn was recognized as the Big Ten Player of the Week ahead of a game against Purdue at Mackey Arena on Tuesday. Cockburn has averaged 27 points and 10 rebounds in Fighting Illini’s last two games. CLICK HERE
- PURDUE RANKED THIRD IN AP POLL: After wins over Minnesota and Michigan, Purdue moved up to No. 3 in the latest Associated Press College Basketball Top 25 poll. The team is scheduled to face No. 13 Illinois on Tuesday at Mackey Arena. CLICK HERE
- PURDUE REACHES 1,000 BIG TEN PLAY REGULAR SEASON WINS: After an 82-76 win over Michigan on Saturday at Mackey Arena, Purdue basketball improved to 20-3 in the 2021-22 season and 9-3 in Big Ten play. The victory was the 1,000th in program history against conference opponents during the regular season. CLICK HERE