Illini look to spoil Boilers domination

"We've got a big one with Purdue," Illini coach John Groce warned Tuesday.

Groce knew the season would get rough once Big Ten play began and that point was driven home loud and clear in the conference opener Jan. 2 in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue turned a one-possession game into a 68-61 victory when D.J. Byrd made back-to-back hustle plays that stood out as difference-makers.

"They beat us on toughness plays," Groce said. "We have to do better in those areas. No one wants to be out-toughed, certainly in our own building."


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