WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue (10-8, 3-4) begins a crucial stretch Tuesday as No. 21-ranked Illinois visits for a Mackey Arena showdown. Dave Flemming, Dan Dakich and Molly McGrath will handle the broadcast on ESPNU, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. On the radio, Rob Blackman, Larry Clisby and Ralph Taylor will have the call courtside on the Purdue Radio Network and TuneIn.com, beginning with the Purdue Basketball Pregame Show at 6 p.m. ET. Live stats will be available on PurdueSports.com.
- Purdue owns a 102-88 series advantage with Illinois, including a 17-8 record under Coach Painter. The Illini won the previous meeting between the two teams, just 16 days ago in Champaign. Illinois’ win snapped a four-game winning streak for Purdue in the series.
- Purdue will face a nationally-ranked opponent for the fourth straight game, its longest streak of playing a ranked team since playing five straight during the 1988-89 season.
- Purdue has won 15 straight Big Ten home games, dating to Feb. 2018. Just three of the 15 wins have come by single digits. With a full Paint Crew in attendance Tuesday, Purdue is 64-3 in the last 67 games that America’s loudest student group has been in Mackey Arena.
- With 13 regular-season games left, 12 of Purdue’s 13 opponents are either nationally-ranked or receiving votes.
- SOMETHING TO WATCH: The last time the two teams played, Illinois dominated the glass by a 46-34 advantage. It matched Purdue’s worst rebound margin since Jan. 24, 2015 vs. Iowa (-15). Illinois is third nationally in rebound margin.
- Purdue has won six straight games at Mackey Arena against nationally-ranked teams. Illinois is ranked No. 21 in the AP Top 25 this week.
- Purdue has held five opponents to 49 or fewer points this year, the third-highest total in the country (Liberty, Virginia – 9).
- Purdue is 9-0 this year and 29-1 since the start of last year when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent. The lone loss came to Virginia in last year’s Elite Eight.