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Another look: Illinois

Illinois coach Bruce Weber will have had a week to prepare for Purdue.

Surely he found some things for his team to work on after it got smoked by Ohio State in Assembly Hall.

Purdue coach Matt Painter knows what his team has to do better against the Illini this time: Defend guard Demetri McCamey.

McCamey torched the Boilermakers for 28 points and got to the free throw line 19 times in the first meeting, an 84-78 Purdue victory.

"It'll be a good game," Painter said. "They obviously have a good team, and McCamey is playing at a very high level. We had a tough time stopping him in Champaign. Got to the free throw line a lot and really gave us problems. So we're going to have to stick with him. ... They have a good team, a team that went to Madison and did something we couldn't do. They were able to beat Michigan State, which is one of the best teams in the country."

Senior Chris Kramer guarded McCamey at points in the first meeting -- so did Kelsey Barlow, Keaton Grant and Mark Wohlford -- and he said the key is not letting McCamey "get his head up." In other words, gain confidence by doing well early.

"We just have to make him work," Kramer said. "We can't give him any easy buckets. We let him get to the free throw line a lot, get some layups in transition. Once he starts making plays, he's a very tough player to stop. I think he had like 28 and nine (assists) against us. We just have to try to limit his open looks, try to make him work for everything and make him become a jump shooter and shoot over top of us."

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