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Purdue returns to its home court on Tuesday when it plays host to Ohio State at Mackey Arena, where it has won its last eight games. Redemption will be the theme for tonight's Big Ten showdown as both teams enter the contest in the wake of weekend losses.
The sixth-ranked Boilermakers (14-1, 2-1) will look to return to their winning ways after suffering their first loss of the season at Wisconsin onSaturday. Purdue is enjoying its 35th consecutive week ranked in the AP-Top 25 and is led by the dangerous scoring tandem of E'Twaun Moore and Robbie Hummel. The junior duo enters Tuesday night's game with streaks of 14 and 12 consecutive games with double-figure point totals, respectively, while Hummel recently netted his 1,000 career point during Saturday's contest against the Badgers. Purdue not only touts a balanced scoring attack, but has consistently stifled opponents by forcing an average of 17.7 turnovers per contest.
The Buckeyes (11-5, 1-3) are also aiming to get back on track after falling short at Minnesota on Saturday. Junior Evan Turner leads a high-powered offense that is poised to go toe-to-toe with their host for the evening. The Buckeyes boast four players averaging double-digit scoring figures, including Jon Diebler, who needs just two treys to reach 200 three-pointers for his career.
Purdue leads the overall series, 81-74, against the Buckeyes with the Boilermakers owning a 53-23 advantage in West Lafayette. The teams have played 31 times previously when Purdue was ranked among the Top-25. The Boilers are 18-13 in those games.
Series History: Purdue leads, 81-74
The Penn State Nittany Lions will be in the hunt for its fourth straight win at Illinois when it travels to face the Illini inside Assembly Hall on Tuesday. The second Big Ten matchup of the evening is slated to tip off at 9 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network with Dave Revsine handling play-by-play and Jim Jackson alongside as color analyst.
PSU (8-7, 0-3) will be looking to end a three-game losing skid and post its first conference win of the season after allowing a 16-point second half lead to slip away against Michigan last Thursday. The Nittany Lions are led by Talor Battle, who ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring with 18.1 points per game. Watch for a battle on the boards as the junior point guard aims to become just the fourth player in school history to post 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 300 assists in a career.
On the other hand, expect the Illini (11-5, 3-0) to take advantage of their familiar settings as they seek to extend their unblemished home slate to 10-0 on the year. Illinois is rapidly earning a reputation for its comebacks and will enter Tuesday night's matchup after erasing a 15 point-deficit to edge Indiana 66-60. The Illini have four players averaging double-digits in scoring, including juniors Demetri McCamey and Mike Davis, who lead the Big Ten in assists (5.9 apg.) and rebounds (10.1 rpg.), respectively.
Series History: Illinois leads, 21-11.
Iowa welcomes Tennessee State to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for its final non-conference game of the regular season. The Hawkeyes ((5-11, 0-4) enter Tuesday's game on a four-game losing skid, while Tennessee State (4-13, 1-5) has lost five of its last six. In their last time out, the Tigers defeated Tennessee Martin, 73-59, while Iowa dropped a 71-53 decision to Michigan State.
Iowa boasts the strongest strength of schedule amongst Big Ten teams in games played through Jan. 9 and rank fourth nationally, according to realtimerpi.com. The Hawkeyes have seen four players pace the team in scoring at least twice this season, with underclassmen generating 80 percent of their offensive production. Todd Lickliter's squad is currently led by sophomore Matt Gatens (12.8 ppg.), who has reached double figures a team-best 10 times this season.
This will be only the second meeting between the two programs, with the previous matchup resulting in an 84-51 decision favor of the Hawkeyes in 2002. Fans can watch tonight's game online at bigtennetwork.com.
Series History: Iowa leads, 1-0