The 25th-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini will look to win their seventh game in a row and stay perfect in Big Ten Conference play when they meet the seventh-ranked Purdue Boilermakers in a key league matchup on Monday afternoon. The Boilermakers (14-2, 3-2) are coming off a 92-65 win over Nebraska, while Illinois (13-3, 6-0) defeated Michigan 68-53 on Friday. Tipoff from State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill., is set for noon ET. Illinois is favored by one point at Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points is set at 147 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our college basketball odds page).
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The model knows the Fighting Illini have four players averaging 11 points or more, led by junior center Kofi Cockburn. He is averaging 21.9 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks per game, and is hitting on 60.2 percent of his field goals. Cockburn was named to the preseason Associated Press All-America Team and is on the Wooden Award top-50 watch list. Cockburn has scored at least 13 points in every game, including a season-high 38 points in a 94-85 win over UT-Rio Grande Valley on Nov. 26. He also has 11 double-doubles.
The model also knows the Boilermakers are paced by sophomore guard Jaden Ivey, who has scored in double figures in each of his last 13 games, including 17 points, five assists and four rebounds in the win over Nebraska on Friday. In that game, he also surpassed 500 career points. After starting the season going 3 of 12 from 3-point range, he has been on fire, and has connected on 31 of 66 in the last 13 games. For the season, Ivey is hitting on 50 percent of his field goals, including 43.6 percent from 3-point range.
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