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The Illini warm up before Friday's game.

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The Illini warm up before Friday's game.

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Springfield's Ethan Moore, 12, got autographs before Friday's game.

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Springfield's Ethan Moore, 12, got autographs before Friday's game.

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Outside Mackey Arena on Friday.

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Mackey Arena.

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Hudson Coady (left) and his grandfather, John.

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Pregame scene on Friday night.

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Pregame scene on Friday night.

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Pregame scene on Friday night.

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Pregame scene on Friday night.

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Pregame scene on Friday night.

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Illinois heads back to the locker room during early warmups for a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Coleman Hawkins (33) gets stretched during warmups for a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Dain Dainja (42) during warmups for a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Sencire Harris (1) jumps back on the court after retrieving a loose ball during warmups for a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Brian Reed and his son, Carson, a freshman at Ole Miss who was attending his first Illini road game.

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Illinois Coleman Hawkins (33) and In the first half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Quincy Guerrier (13) and Purdue's forward Trey Kaufman-Renn (4) and Purdue's guard Ethan Morton (25) In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Coleman Hawkins (33) and Purdue's guard Braden Smith (3) In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Luke Goode (10) and Purdue's center Zach Edey (15) In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Ty Rodgers (20) and Purdue's forward Trey Kaufman-Renn (4) In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Coleman Hawkins (33) pleads his case with the ref on ring out of bounds In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Luke Goode (10) sees his nightmares come true as Purdue's center Zach Edey (15) watches him shoot while guarding him In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Following their loss to Purdue in a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Quincy Guerrier (13) and Purdue's forward Mason Gillis (0) In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Quincy Guerrier (13) and Purdue's forward Mason Gillis (0) In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Quincy Guerrier (13) In the first half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Coleman Hawkins (33) In the first half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Niccolo Moretti (11) reacts on the bench In the first half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Dra Gibbs-Lawhorn (2) and Purdue's guard Braden Smith (3) In the first half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Dra Gibbs-Lawhorn (2) and Purdue's guard Braden Smith (3) In the first half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois head coach Brad Underwood In the first half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois head coach Brad Underwood and Illinois Marcus Domask (3) In the first half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Justin Harmon (4) and Purdue's guard Braden Smith (3) In the first half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Marcus Domask (3) and Purdue's forward Mason Gillis (0) In the first half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Dain Dainja (42) and Purdue's guard Fletcher Loyer (2) In the first half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois heads back to the locker room during early warmups for a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Sencire Harris (1) jumps back on the court after retrieving a loose ball during warmups for a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Dain Dainja (42) during warmups for a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Coleman Hawkins (33) gets stretched during warmups for a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Justin Harmon (4) and Purdue's guard Braden Smith (3) In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois head coach Brad Underwood and Illinois Justin Harmon (4) In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Dra Gibbs-Lawhorn (2) and Purdue's guard Braden Smith (3) In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Marcus Domask (3) and Purdue's center Zach Edey (15) In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Purdue's head coach Matt Painter In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Justin Harmon (4), Illinois Marcus Domask (3), Illinois Coleman Hawkins (33), and Illinois Luke Goode (10) watch Illinois Quincy Guerrier (13) shoot foul shots In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Purdue's head football coach, Ryan Walters watched from courtside In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois head coach Brad Underwood in the media room after a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Mackey Arena In a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Illini at Purdue

Big Ten showdown: No. 9 Illinois vs. No. 1 Purdue at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind., on Friday night.

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The Illini warm up before Friday's game.

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The Illini warm up before Friday's game.

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Springfield's Ethan Moore, 12, got autographs before Friday's game.

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Springfield's Ethan Moore, 12, got autographs before Friday's game.

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Hudson Coady (left) and his grandfather, John.

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Pregame scene on Friday night.

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Pregame scene on Friday night.

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Pregame scene on Friday night.

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Pregame scene on Friday night.

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Illinois heads back to the locker room during early warmups for a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Coleman Hawkins (33) gets stretched during warmups for a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Dain Dainja (42) during warmups for a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Sencire Harris (1) jumps back on the court after retrieving a loose ball during warmups for a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Brian Reed and his son, Carson, a freshman at Ole Miss who was attending his first Illini road game.

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Following their loss to Purdue in a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Justin Harmon (4) and Purdue's guard Braden Smith (3) In the first half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Justin Harmon (4) and Purdue's guard Braden Smith (3) In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois head coach Brad Underwood and Illinois Justin Harmon (4) In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Dra Gibbs-Lawhorn (2) and Purdue's guard Braden Smith (3) In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Marcus Domask (3) and Purdue's center Zach Edey (15) In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Purdue's head coach Matt Painter In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Illinois Justin Harmon (4), Illinois Marcus Domask (3), Illinois Coleman Hawkins (33), and Illinois Luke Goode (10) watch Illinois Quincy Guerrier (13) shoot foul shots In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Purdue's head football coach, Ryan Walters watched from courtside In the second half of a NCAA basketball game at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

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Don't let the final score fool you, Illinois was not quite ready for the top-ranked team in the the country.

Perhaps by March 5, when the teams meet at State Farm Center, it will be a different story. Maybe.

No. 1-ranked Purdue overcame early foul trouble for the defending national player of the year Zach Edey and scored an 83-78 victory Friday night at buzzing Mackey Arena.

Purdue led Brad Underwood's team from start to finish, building an early double-figure advantage and fighting off a sprited Illinois rally later in the both halves.

"We made a nice run," Underwood said on postgame radio. "They just punished us on the offensive glass. We didn't have any fight early on the glass."

1

Not sure if in-their-prime Deron Williams and Dee Brown would have made a difference for the Illini on Friday. Like every other team that season, they dominated Purdue in 2005, winning two games by a combined 43 points.

2

Illinois might dip a spot or two or in the next Associated Press Top 25, which will be released Monday. No. 9 felt a bit high for a team that just lost its best player to indefinite suspension. Friday's loss was the first for Illinois since Terrence Shannon Jr. was ruled out.

3

Southern Illinois transfer Marcus Domask appears to be the best-bet as Illinois' go-to guy. Coming off a 32-point game against Northwestern, Domask led the way again Friday. He is clutch at the line too.

4

Edey became just the second Boilermaker to record 1,000 career rebounds, joining Joe Barry Carrroll. Former Purdue star Robbie Hummel, who worked the game for Fox Sports 1, called Edey the second-best player in school history behind Glenn Robinson. Agreed.

5

If you would have told Underwood before the game that Edey would be limited to two points in the first half, the coach would have figured his team had the lead. Not so much. With Edey on the bench with foul trouble, his teammates picked up the slack and the Boilermakerse led by 15 points.

It helped that Purdue hit a scorching 70 percent of its three-point attempts. The Boilermakers also had a 25-17 edge on the glass and held Illinois to 36 percent shooting from the field.

Purdue actually outscored Illinois after Edey went to the bench for the rest of the half.

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I've written this before but there is no better building in the Big Ten than Mackey Arena when it comes to gameday atmosphere. It helps that the team is really good, but even in down years for the Boilermakers, the place is always hopping.

And unlike most arenas in the Big Ten, the folks in Mackey are generally nice to visitors. West Lafayette and Champaign seem similar. Heck, the Illinois athletic director is even from the home of Purdue.

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Hope you enjoyed the list of Illinois' Top 10 matchups that ace beat writer Scott Richey put in Friday's paper.

To me, the most stunning part of it was the nearly 14-year gap between Top 10 games for the Illini. Shows you how severe the dip became late in the Bruce Weber era and throughout John Groce's time on campus.

8

Speaking of Groce, his Akron team was 9-4 going into a game late Friday night at home against Bowling Green. Groce's Zips need to win the MAC to get back into the NCAA tournament. Akron made it in 2022 but missed in '23.

9

Always great to hear Brandon Gaudin calling a game. He worked with insightful analyst Hummel on Fox Sports 1. I watch about 100 games each year with Gaudin as the play-by-play voice. He is the announcer for my favorite Atlanta Braves and is a perfect blend of funny and informative.

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Want to learn more about the broadcaster? Google Gaudin and Waffle House. His order at the restaurant chain is classic. He covers a layer of waffles with five scrambled eggs, then pours syrup all over it, "Buddy" from "Elf" style. It will either make you hungry or sick to your stomach. Put me in the former category.