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    The Crossroads Classic, a men's basketball event held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, has been extended through 2019, the athletic directors at Indiana, Butler, Purdue and Notre Dame announced Thursday.
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    Purdue drew Kansas State in the EA Sports Maui Invitational, for which the bracket was revealed Wednesday.
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    Joe Schopper, a punter at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, tweeted Tuesday that he has committed to join Purdue's Class of 2015.
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Preview: Purdue vs. Illinois

Purdue faces Illinois in a battle of Big Ten basement-dwellers today. Kickoff between the Boilermakers (1-9, 0-6 Big Ten) and Illini (3-7, 0-6) is scheduled for noon. Here's a look ahead at the matchup.

Last time out: Penn State 45, Boilermakers 21

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 1380 AM

News and notes

  • Purdue coach Darrell Hazell and Illinois coach Tim Beckman share similar paths to the Big Ten. Both were Ohio State assistants who moved on to head coaching positions at Mid-American Conference schools and wound up with head coaching jobs in the Big Ten. Hazell was at Kent State last season, while Beckman departed Toledo two years ago.
  • The Boilermakers showed rare signs of life offensively against Penn State, and should that carry over in Ross-Ade Stadium today, Purdue has a shot at breaking an eight-game losing streak. Illinois is the second-worst defense in the Big Ten and gives up 493.5 yards per game. While Purdue is no juggernaut and averages a Big Ten-worst 259.6 yards per game, a fast start could give the Boilermakers what they need to break out of their season-long slump.
  • This is the final home game of the season for Purdue. The Boilermakers have senior day today and will round out their schedule in Bloomington against Indiana next week.

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