Here at Conseco

It’s over. Illinois 74, Purdue 67. The Illini will play the winner of Indiana-Minnesota tomorrow.


Bruce misses two free throws to give Purdue a chance, but the Boilermakers miss a couple of shots of their own and foul Illinois on the rebound. Trent Meacham just hit one of two throws and the Purdue missed two more quick shots right at the bucket. The Illini can’t hit their free throws, but they’re still in good shape with 4.7 seconds left at 72-67.


With 39.4 seconds left in overtime, Illinois appears to be in control of this one. A 71-67 lead and the ball. An Illini fan behind me is shouting “We want the Hoosiers,” loud enough that you can probably hear it from home.


Sure enough, McCamey gets away from Kramer, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and hits a 3-pointer to tie the game.

Kramer’s final shot bounces off the rim. We’re headed to overtime.

Even the Purdue cheerleaders seem a bit shocked.


A Kramer travel will give the Illini the ball trailing 63-60 with 31 seconds left. McCamey’s been unreal these past few minutes.


Purdue has taken a 57-52 lead with 3:18 left. The Boilermakers are finding a way to pull away late, as they have done in so many games.

Chris Kramer just charged through the lane. He is a safety playing basketball.


The streets of Indianapolis are mostly crimson, with a touch of orange and good deal of black and some Minnesota maroon.

It’s Big Ten Tournament time.

Illinois and Purdue are currently engaged in a lively little game to decide who will play the winner of the Hoosiers-Gophers game, which is slated to start at 9 p.m.