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Purdue Boilermakers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Pick & Prediction JAN 17TH 2022

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Purdue coach Matt Painter is working to help his team understand one thing.

"How hard it is to win one game in the Big Ten," he said Friday night after a 92-65 rout of Nebraska. "Penn State was a hard game for us, this was a hard game for us, the next game will be a hard game for us. You just have to be able to keep that discipline."

Monday's trip to No. 25 Illinois will be a test of the No. 7 Boilermakers' discipline, particularly on the defensive end. How do they keep Kofi Cockburn in check inside while still finding a way to cover all of the Fighting Illini's 3-point shooters?

The same question can be asked of Illinois (13-3, 6-0 Big Ten). It has to figure out a way to control Zach Edey and Trevion Williams inside while neutralizing the likes of Jaden Ivey and Sasha Stefanovic on the perimeter.

Nebraska sure couldn't do it. Edey went for 22 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes, while Ivey added 17 and five assists. Purdue (14-2, 3-2) was in attack mode from the jump, getting into the bonus by the first TV timeout and earning 27 foul shots for the night.

Ivey said that some negative comments after conference losses to Rutgers and Wisconsin fueled his fire.

"Looking back at the games we lost," he said, "I just felt we were getting disrespect from a lot of people saying we can't do this or can't do that. I just came out fired up today and I've got to do that every night."

Ivey has done it more often than not this season, leading the team in scoring at 16.3 points per game while averaging 5.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Edey chips in 15.4 points and 7.5 rebounds in just 17.3 minutes per game.

Meanwhile, the Fighting Illini had to work most of their 40 minutes Friday night in Champaign to put away short-handed Michigan, 68-53. They ended the game with a 23-9 run as Trent Frazier played the role of closer with 11 straight points in the last five minutes.

Cockburn finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th double-double, while Frazier scored 16 of his 18 points after halftime. Utah transfer Alfonso Plummer added 16 as Illinois stayed atop the Big 10.

"They came out with more energy and punched us in the mouth, and we didn't respond," Frazier said to the Champaign News-Gazette. "The second half, we had to come out with more energy and effort. I'm glad this team responded. We threw more punches in the second half."

Cockburn is a 7-foot-1, 285-pound haymaker. He's averaging 21.9 points and 12.3 rebounds in 13 games, canning 60.2 percent from the field and improving his foul shooting to 66.3 percent.

"He's not just big," said Michigan coach Juwan Howard of Cockburn. "He's a talent. He's worked on his game. He does a really good job of finishing in the paint."

Purdue owns a 102-90 lead in the all-time series, although Illinois won the teams' last meeting 66-58 on Jan. 2, 2021, in West Lafayette.

--Field Level Media

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Purdue Boilermakers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Recap JAN 17TH 2022

Sasha Stefanovic scored 22 points to lead five players in double figures as No. 4 Purdue outlasted No. 17 Illinois 96-88 in double overtime on Monday in Champaign, Ill.

Zach Edey added 20 points and eight rebounds for the Boilermakers (15-2, 4-2), which outscored Illinois (13-4, 6-1) 16-10 in the second overtime. Jaden Ivey contributed 19 points, Trevion Williams hit for 14 and Eric Hunter chipped in 11, eight in the second overtime.

The loss was the first for the Fighting Illini in Big Ten Conference play and it came in the timely return of point guard Andre Curbelo from a two-month absence.

Lefty sharpshooter Alfonso Plummer drilled six 3-pointers and scored a game-high 24 points (22 after halftime) for the Illini. Curbelo, sidelined since November, added 20. Trent Frazier netted 16 points and six assists, while Kofi Cockburn tallied 10 points before fouling out 40 seconds into the first overtime.

Plummer's last 3-pointer pulled Illinois within 85-83 with 2:06 left in double overtime, but Williams and Hunter followed with buckets. Ivey added a free throw with 44 seconds remaining for a seven-point lead that the Illini couldn't erase.

Illinois forced overtime when Curbelo drove baseline for a reverse layup with 14.1 seconds left in regulation. It extended the game into a second overtime on Plummer's layup with 8.9 seconds remaining.

Purdue got off the mark quickly in this one, establishing a 14-7 lead at the 13:55 mark when Williams canned a jumper. But Illinois responded with a 10-0 run later in the half, taking a 24-20 edge when Plummer bombed in a 3-pointer with 7:06 left.

After being held scoreless for nearly four minutes, the Boilermakers came up with 17 consecutive points. Isaiah Thompson started the run with a 3-pointer and Edey fueled it with a couple of buckets after Cockburn departed to keep from drawing a third foul.

Cockburn returned to hit two free throws with four seconds remaining, breaking a 7:02 scoreless streak for the Illini. But Purdue still headed for halftime with a comfortable 37-26 lead, thanks to a defense that held Illinois to 31 percent shooting from the field.

--Field Level Media

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