When: 9 p.m. today
Where: Assembly Hall, Champaign, Ill.
Records: Purdue 12-12, 5-6 Big Ten; Illinois 17-8, 4-7
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: 1380 AM, 92.7 FM
Purdue leaders: Terone Johnson (12.7 ppg); A.J. Hammons (6.8 rpg); Ronnie Johnson (3.8 apg)
Illinois leaders: Brandon Paul (17.3 ppg); Nnanna Egwu (4.7 rpg); Tracy Abrams (2.7 apg)
Key matchup: The Boilermakers will need to slow down Paul. Illinois’ 6-foot-4 senior guard is third in the Big Ten in scoring, and he connects on 2.2 three-pointers per game, which is sixth best in the conference. The Illini will need to contain Hammons. Purdue’s 7-foot freshman center is tied for sixth in the Big Ten in rebounds per game, and he is the Boilers’ second-leading scorer, averaging 11.3 points.
The skinny: Purdue has won the last eight games against Illinois, including defeating the Illini 68-61 at the start of conference play Jan. 2. The Boilermakers are the top rebounding team in the Big Ten, averaging 40, and their 14 offensive rebounds per game is the second best in the league. Illinois guard D.J. Richardson shared Big Ten Player of the Week honors with Wisconsin’s Ben Brust after the 6-3 Richardson averaged 18 points and 2.5 steals in wins over No. 1 Indiana and then-No. 18 Minnesota last week.