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Quick hits | No. 1 Purdue 83, No. 9 Illinois 78

Jan. 5—What happened

Purdue presents a "pick your poison" scenario. Let Zach Edey run rampant or hope letting the other Boilermakers run the show doesn't backfire. Friday night at Mackey Arena ultimately delivered a double dose of poison for Illinois. Edey had another double-double, but Trey Kaufman-Renn and Braden Smith were just as responsible for helping Purdue fend off the Illini.

What it means

Illinois played the No. 1 team in the country — on that team's home court (arguably one of the most electric environments in the game) — and lost. All it might mean is the Illini won't be usurping Purdue's place at the top of the Big Ten. Not exactly unexpected. The concern, of course, was how clearly the Boilermakers dominated the boards. Far from an Illinois staple.

What's next

Big Ten play in the new year came with a favorable schedule for Illinois. At least in terms of location. The foray to West Lafayette, Ind., was the Illini's only road game out of its first four January conference matchups. Illinois will be back in action at 8 p.m. Thursday against a Michigan State team that has seemingly figured out its issues after a 4-5 start.

What was said

"Trey Kaufman-Renn — oof. I just told him standing out there he kicked our butt. Give that young man a ton of credit. I think when you play Zach you can't be normal. You have to try to make other players beat you. I think there's a lot of risk with that. We saw that tonight. ... We played a little softer on their 4-men and they punched us." — Illinois coach Brad Underwood