March 14, 2009
Live blog from courtside at Conseco Fieldhouse for Game #9, the Big Ten Tournament's second semifinal: Illinois vs. Purdue.
Tip-off at 4:20 p.m. EDT
BTT History: Illinois has won two consecutive Big Ten Tournament meetings with Purdue (2001, 2008) after the Boilermakers won the first meeting, 68-47, in the 1998 semifinals. Both Illini wins came in the quarterfinals, including last year's 74-67 victory in overtime.
1st, 19:59: We are underway in Game #9!
1st, 15:36, ILL 8, PUR 5: Well, just like last night's game with the Boilermakers, we have seen a number of 3-pointers so far. Each team has hit a pair from beyond the arc, including the Illini's Trent Meacham, who owns both of Illinois' perimeter shots.
1st, 12:48, ILL 8, PUR 18, 30 SECOND TIMEOUT: Boiler Up! Purdue is on a 13-0 run and is 6-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 from 3-point land.
1st, 11:08, ILL 12, PUR 20, MEDIA TIMEOUT: It remains to be seen just how much Illinois is missing standout Chester Frazier right now. Frazier led the Illini in just about every offensive category this season, but is out due to hand surgery. Mike Davis was impressive in last night's game. Will he carry the load tonight?
1st, 7:01, ILL 17, PUR 28, 30 SECOND TIMEOUT, Illinois: Purdue's Robbie Hummel is proving his worth today. He is 4-of-5 from the field and 3-of-3 from 3-point land for a game high 11 points.
1st, 6:36, ILL 17, PUR 28, MEDIA TIMEOUT: Points off turnovers... Purdue has 9, Illinois has 0. The Boilers also hold the 9-3 advantage in second-chance points as well.
1st, 4:09, ILL 17, PUR 30, 30 SECOND TIMEOUT, Purdue: Well, a little bit of a snag in the game. We have seen just two points in the last three minutes as both teams have put up stout defensive efforts. We await the media timeout.
1st, 3:46, ILL 17, PUR 30, MEDIA TIMEOUT: Purdue's Robbie Hummel is still leading all scorers with 11 points, followed by teammate JaJuan Johnson with 8. Dominique Keller and Trent Meacham lead the way with 6 each, but we have not seen much of Meacham since he hit the two early 3's at the start of the game.
1st, 1:22, ILL 17, PUR 34: Purdue has now doubled up the Illini.
1st, 34.4, ILL 17, PUR 34, 30 SECOND TIMEOUT, Illinois: Illinois has not scored since two free throws by Calvin Brock at 8:32.
HALFTIME, ILL 17, PUR 37: Purdue's Robbie Hummel answered with a fall back 3 from the top of the key to extend the Boilers' lead to 20. Illinois ended the half on an 8:32 scoreless drought. Illinois is 6-of-24 (25%) from the field. After hitting 12 3-pointers last night, Purdue already has 7 3's on 7-of-14 from beyond the arc. Purdue's Robbie Hummel leads all scorers with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 4-of-4 from 3-point land.
2nd, 19:59, ILL 17, PUR 37: Underway in the second half!
2nd, 17:40, ILL 20, PUR 39: Illinois has scored, ending a 10:52 scoring drought. Calvin Brock hit a 3-pointer on the assist from Trent Meacham.
2nd, 15:39, ILL 24, PUR 39: The Illini are now on a 7-2 run since half and the intensity has definitely picked up for the Orange and Blue.
2nd, 13:39, ILL 26, PUR 45: Purdue's JaJuan Johnson just blocked an Illinois shot into the Illini pep band. WOW!
2nd, 11:51, ILL 28, PUR 50, MEDIA TIMEOUT: In addition to maintaining the lead, Purdue has done a nice job tonight of controlling the ball. We talked last night about how well the Boilermakers took care of the ball during the regular season and in its BTT game against Penn State. Five turnovers last night and only three miscues up to this point.
2nd, 7:57, ILL 35, PUR 51, 30 SECOND TIMEOUT, Purdue: Point leaders: Hummel, PUR (14), Johnson (14), Brock, ILL (10).
2nd, 6:07, ILL 37, PUR 53, MEDIA TIMEOUT: Illinois' Mike Tisdale has just fouled out, prompting the under-8 media timeout.
2nd, 3:41, ILL 44, PUR 58, MEDIA TIMEOUT: Earlier we talked about Purdue and its few turnovers. The Boilers are outscoring the Illini 12-2 off of turnovers. Purdue also holds an 18-12 advantage in the paint.
2nd, 1:17, ILL 50, PUR 62, 30 SECOND TIMEOUT, Illinois
FINAL, ILL 56, PUR 66: That is our final from the second semifinal of the Big Ten Tournament. The Purdue Boilermakers have advanced to the championship game to meet the Ohio State Buckeyes. JaJuan Johnson led all scorers with 20 points, followed by teammate Robbie Hummel with 19. Leading the way for Illinois was Dominique Keller with 16, followed closely by Calvin Brock's 12.