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College basketball preview: Eastern Illinois at Purdue

Records: Boilermakers (3-0); Panthers (2-1)

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette

Radio: 1190 AM

Web: Big Ten Digital Network

Purdue leaders: Ronnie Johnson (15 ppg), Errick Peck (5.7 rpg), Johnson (3.7 apg)

Eastern Illinois leaders: Reggie Smith (21 ppg), Keenan Anderson (6.7 rpg), Smith (2 apg)

Key matchup: Smith, a 6-foot redshirt junior, spent the 2012-13 season on the bench after transferring to Eastern Illinois from UNLV. He was a near-50 percent 3-point shooter during his time at UNLV and is a high-major talent that will be the focal point of the Panthers offensively. He was 7 of 13 from the field for 23 points and has all six of his assists this season in an 86-66 win against University of Illinois-Chicago on Saturday. Ronnie Johnson, Terone Johnson, Sterling Carter and Northrop grad Bryson Scott will need to be aware of his presence on and off the ball today. If he gets going, it could be another stressfully close game for the Boilermakers.

The skinny: Eastern Illinois opened its season against a Big Ten opponent. The Panthers lost 72-55 at Northwestern. … Purdue has won two of its first three games by three points or fewer. … The Johnson brothers are carrying Purdue thus far. Ronnie, a sophomore, and Terone, a senior, are the only players averaging double figures for the Boilermakers. Both are combining for 28.7 points per game and chipping in 6.6 rebounds and six assists.

– Sean Morrison, The Journal Gazette