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Illinois Vs. Purdue Preview: Fighting Illini Host Boilermakers In Key Big Ten Game

Illinois hosts Purdue in a pivotal Big Ten game on Wednesday night.

With a loss on the road at Michigan last Sunday, the Fighting Illini dropped to 5-7 in the Big Ten, which makes Wednesday night's game against Purdue all the more important. Illinois is looking to restore confidence after losing six of its last seven games, and beyond that, the team's NCAA tournament fate is up in the air.

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Fortunately for Illinois' offense, Purdue hasn't been very good at the defensive end in Big Ten games, and one of the Fighting Illini's biggest weaknesses -- turnovers -- could be less of an issue than usual.

Game Date & Time: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. CT

TV: Big Ten Network

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