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Gameday Central | No. 3 Purdue at No. 12 Illinois; 6 p.m., Peacock

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Turns out there's some interest in tonight's game at State Farm Center. Something about the only two ranked teams in the Big Ten squaring off with one already claiming a share of the conference title and the other playing to get the other half? Enough hype to get the Orange Krush lining up around 11 a.m. outside the arena.

The kids of the @TheOrangeKrush have been in line outside @StateFarmCenter since 9 a.m. Tag along with #Illini in-game chair Emily Butryn:https://t.co/k4GrYdh4Ev pic.twitter.com/Ecd7qkZ099

— The News-Gazette (@news_gazette) March 5, 2024

So the bar is set rather high for tonight's showdown between No. 12 Illinois and No. 3 Purdue.

The Boilermakers got round one two months ago in West Lafayette, Ind. The Illini are looking to even the season series and will have Terrence Shannon Jr. this time around.

Will that be enough? Can Illinois limit everyone around Zach Edey since stopping the 7-foot-4, 300-pound center is much easier said than done?

Follow along all night from my courtside seat for updates before, during and after the game:

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