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Illini Lose Big Ten Opener at Purdue

Purdue upset number-11 Illinois Wednesday night in the Big Ten basketball opener for both teams.  The final, 68-61 in favor of the Boilermakers.  Purdue improved to 7-and-6 with the win while the Fighting Illini dropped to 13-and-2 with the loss.  Purdue got a career-high 25 points from Terone Johnson.  Illinois had three players in double figures:  Brandon Paul (15), Joseph Bertrand (14), and Tracy Abrams (12).

Illinois shot just 36% from the field in the game.  Purdue outrebounded the Illini, 38-31 on the night.  

Illinois head basketball coach John Groce:

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** The Fighting Illini return home Saturday afternoon to face #8 Ohio State.  Tip off time Saturday at Assembly Hall -- 1:15 pm (here on Z-1570).   

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