Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tuesday Lay-up Lines

The best game of the night comes in the Big Ten as Illinois heads to West Lafayette to take on Purdue. The Boilermakers were considered, along with Michigan State, be the preseason favorite in the conference, but few teams have played as well as the Illini have this year. Illinois is 12-1 coming into this game, and while they haven't played the toughest schedule in the world, they are coming off a recent beatdown of Missouri in St. Louis. The key to this game for Illinois will be to handle Purdue's defense, which is arguably the best in the country (well, at least the most efficient, holding opponent's to .79 points per possession). The Illini have a very balanced team, with a solid backcourt anchored by the underrated Chester Frazier and a good front line (featuring Mike Davis and 7'1" Mike Tisdale). Purdue is beat up right now (Chris Kramer has missed the last game and a half with a sprained foot, Nemanja Calasan has played just 12 minutes in the last two games because of a sore knee, and Robbie Hummel has a bad back), so if the Illini can limit their turnovers and take good shots, they have a shot at knocking off Purdue.

The rest of the night's action:

  • 1:00 PM: Stetson (5-4) @ Florida (10-2)
  • 7:00 PM: Radford (4-8) @ Wake Forest (11-0)
  • 7:00 PM: Seton Hall (9-3) @ Syracuse (12-1)
  • 7:00 PM: Clemson (12-0) @ South Carolina (9-1)
  • 7:00 PM: UAB (8-4) @ Butler (10-1)
  • 7:00 PM: George Mason (8-2) @ Dayton (11-1)
  • 8:00 PM: Centenary (2-11) @ Missouri (10-2)
  • 8:05 PM: Oklahoma (12-0) @ Arkansas (8-1)
  • 8:05 PM: BYU (10-1) @ Tulsa (8-4)
  • 9:00 PM: Albany (8-4) @ Kansas (8-3)

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