According to ESPN announcer Steve Lavin, Purdue will have two changes to its starting lineup against Illinois tonight.
Fans are still filing in to Assembly Hall about 30 minutes before tip, though the section already is full. And it appears they won't get to taunt one of their most-hated players when starting lineups are announced.
Senior Chris Kramer, always a target of Illini students, apparently will be benched, as will senior Keaton Grant. Sophomore Ryne Smith and freshman Kelsey Barlow will start in their places.
Coach Matt Painter hinted on Monday that he would tweak his lineup but didn't offer more information. But Lavin told Gold & Black reporters before the game about the lineup change. Purdue men's basketball sports information director Cory Walton said he didn't know of any changes.
During Purdue's three-game losing streak, Painter has consistently said he's not been pleased with the play of his seniors. When he's made those comments, he hasn't mentioned Kramer or Grant by name. But considering they're the only true seniors on the roster -- Mark Wohlford is a senior academically -- it wasn't tough to figure out.
We'll see how long it takes Painter to put Kramer and Grant in the game -- and whether they're fired up when he does.