It's always interesting to watch Purdue play Illinois because the styles are so similar: hard-nosed man-to-man defense and variations of a motion offense.
Though the Illini have been inconsistent this season, Purdue coach Matt Painter knows there is plenty of talent on the Illinois roster and his defense will have to be on point.
"They're probably the best shooting team in our league," Painter said.
In Big Ten games, Illinois is No. 2 in field goal percentage (47), three-point percentage (41) and free throw percentage (78).
"We're going to have our hands full," Painter said.
Perhaps the most intriguing matchup will be Lewis Jackson and Kelsey Barlow on Illinois point guard Demetri McCamey. McCamey has been so up and down that coach Bruce Weber benched him last game.
But in two games last season against Purdue, McCamey had 28 points and nine assists in one game and a school-record tying 16 assists in the other.
We'll see if Jackson and Barlow can be more effective today.