MINNESOTA at #4/4 PURDUE | 7 p.m. ET | ESPN
MINN Game Notes | PUR Game Notes
If offense sells tickets and defense wins games, what happens when a team's defense creates opportunities for scoring? Ask Minnesota and Purdue. The two teams are turning defense into their greatest offensive weapon by capitalizing on two of the top turnover margins in the nation. The Boilermakers (13-0, 1-0) own a 7.6 turnover advantage over their opponents, good enough to rank third in the country, while Minnesota (11-3, 2-0) rates sixth with a +6.0 turnover ratio.
Purdue will look to open conference play with a 2-0 record for the first time since 2002-03. The Boilermakers remain one of just four Division I teams that remain undefeated and will look to tie the 1993-94 team for the best start in school history at 14-0. Matt Painter's squad enters Tuesday's contest in the midst of a three-game win streak in which it has turned the ball over less than 10 times. The Boilers' ball security will be put to the test against a Minnesota squad that most recently converted 25 turnovers into 45 points in their road win over Iowa.
Minnesota arrives in West Lafayette, Ind., riding a seven-game win streak. During that stretch, the Gophers are averaging 89.1 points per contest and have overcome opponents by a 25.2 point-margin of victory.
Senior Lawrence Westbrook leads Minnesota in scoring for the season with a career-high 13.8 points per game. He enters the contest 56 points away from 1,000 for his career. Purdue's Robbie Hummel is also nearing a career milestone and needs just 28 points to reach the century mark. The Boilermakers are led in scoring by junior E'Twaun Moore, who is averaging 16.3 points per game.
Tonight's Big Ten matchup will be televised on ESPN. Dave O'Brien will handle play-by-play with Steve Lavin alongside as color analyst.
Series History: Purdue leads, 84-73.
IOWA at ILLINOIS | 9 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
ILL Game Notes | IOWA Game Notes
Iowa will travel to Champaign, Ill.,, to face Illinois in its first conference road test of the season inside Assembly Hall, Tuesday night with tip off slated for 9 p.m. ET. The Hawkeyes (5-9, 0-2) will be in the hunt for their first win in Big Ten action, while the Illini (9-5, 1-0) are looking to rebound from a hard-fought loss against Gonzaga on Saturday.
Iowa begins the conference schedule with four of its first five games at home, the first time to do so since the 1962-63 campaign. The Hawkeyes boast the strongest strength of schedule amongst Big Ten teams in games played through Jan. 2, ranking 16th nationally according to realtimerpi.com.
Illinois tipped off its conference slate with a win over Northwestern last week. As a team, Illinois ranks second in the conference in free throw shooting (.738), rebounding (38.9), defensive rebounds (26.93) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.300), as well as third in scoring (79.1). The Illini are led by the junior tandem of Demetri McCamey -- who recently tallied his fifth 20-point game of the season against Gonzaga - and Mike Davis, who leads the Big Ten and ranks 10th in the nation in double-doubles this season with eight.
The Big Ten Network will televise Tuesday night's game with Craig Coshun and Jim Jackson calling the action.
Series History: Illinois leads, 76-66.