No. 3 Purdue hosts No. 13 Illinois in ESPN Super Tuesday Showdown at Mackey Arena


[3 / 3] Purdue (20-3, 9-3) vs. [13 / 13] Illinois (17-5, 10-2)
Tuesday, February 8 | 9 p.m. ET | Mackey Arena (14,804 / SOLD OUT)
ESPN (Jason Benetti, Robbie Hummel, Myron Medcalf)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana — The No. 3-ranked Purdue Boilermakers host No. 13 Illinois on Tuesday night with a spot at the top of the league standings at stake. Illinois leads the Big Ten with a 10-2 league record, while Purdue (and others) are one game behind in the loss column. A win over the Illini would give Purdue a big sweep of the season and be the Boilermakers’ sixth straight win and ninth in their last 10 league games after starting 1-2.

Purdue enters with a 20-3 record, while Illinois is 17-5. Purdue has won six quad-1s (6-2 record), while Illinois has five (5-3 record).

The contest will be televised on ESPN with Jason Benetti, Robbie Hummel and Myron Medcalf on the call. On radio, Rob Blackman and Bobby Riddell will be on the ground on the 22-station Purdue Radio network and online on the Varsity Sports Network (app). Live stats will be provided on and updates will be provided on Purdue’s official Twitter account (@BoilerBall).

1) matte painter (18th season overall) won its 400th career game Saturday against Michigan. Painter is now 50th on the active coaching win list (400), but only two coaches ahead of him (TCU’s Jamie Dixon, UCLA’s Mick Cronin) have served as head coach fewer than 20 seasons.
2) Since the 2015-16 season, Purdue is 100 games above .500 (163-63). Purdue is one of 13 teams to do so (two Big Ten teams; MSU).
3) In Sunday’s games, Purdue’s 20 wins are tied for fourth in America (Auburn, Murray State – 22; South Dakota State – 21).
4) As of Feb. 1, 2021, Purdue is the only national team without a double-digit loss. Purdue’s seven losses during that span were 1, 3, 9(ot), 9(ot), 2, 5 and 3 runs. In regulation games only, Purdue’s five losses in that span are 1, 3, 2, 5 and 3 points.
5) Zach Edey and Jaden Ivey were named to the Wooden Award Season Ending Top 20 list. Ivey was named one of 10 finalists for the West Award for the nation’s best shooter, while Edey is one of 10 finalists for the Abdul-Jabbar Award for the nation’s best center.
6) With the win over Michigan, Purdue became the first Big Ten program to amass 1,000 conference wins.
7) Purdue leads the Big Ten in points, field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, 3-point range, rebound margin (also leading nationally), and assists.
8) Purdue leads the nation in offensive efficiency (126.1) and has only been held under 1.00 points/possession once (Indiana – 0.98).
9) Purdue has trailed in double digits in just three games this year (Villanova, North Carolina State, Indiana) and won two.
10) Since 2014-15, Purdue is 35-15 (.700) in the month of February, having won five straight games in the month, four in double digits.
11) As of the 2014-15 season, Purdue (100-43) is the only Big Ten program to win 100 conference games (MSU – 98; Wisconsin – 93).

• Tuesday’s game against Illinois marks the 194th meeting between the two teams, with Purdue holding a 103-90 series advantage. Purdue snapped a 3-game skid against Illinois on Jan. 17, in a 96-88 double-overtime victory that many are claiming as college basketball’s game of the year (the box score can be found later in the package).
• To show how competitive this series has been, the margin of difference in points scored in the previous 193 games is 27 points (Purdue 11,199; Illinois 11,172).
• Purdue are 9-2 under Painter at Mackey Arena against Illini, having won seven of the last eight meetings. However, Illinois won the last meeting at Mackey Arena, 79-62, on January 21, 2020.
• This will only be the third game between a ranked team from Illinois and a ranked team from Purdue during the Painter era (February 8, 2009 and January 17, 2022). Illinois won the first meeting, Purdue the most recent.
• Illinois freshman Luke Goode and Caleb Furst are very good friends, playing AAU ball together since second grade. When the two teams played in Champaign earlier this year, the parents rode together from Fort Wayne. Additionally, Purdue Class of 2023 signers Fletcher Loyer and Goode both attended Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Spartans were No. 1 in the state and undefeated for much of Goode’s senior season a year ago.


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