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Purdue hopes to have better success in Big Ten tournament

Mar 14, 2008 - 2:13 PM Illinois (14-18) at No. 16 Purdue (24-7) 6:30 pm EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) - Purdue has not fared well in the Big Ten Conference tournament. But they have never been as seeded highly as they are this season either.

The 16th-ranked Boilermakers hope to make a deep run in the conference tournament as the second seed for the first time in school history when they face Illinois in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Purdue is just 4-10 all-time in the tournament, including just 2-9 since 1999. Last season, the Boilermakers made it to the semifinals for just the second time in their history. Purdue lost to Michigan in the 1998 tournament final.

Freshmen E'Twaun Moore and Robbie Hummel lead the team in scoring at 12.4 and 11.7 points per game, respectively.

The 10th-seeded Fighting Illini were swept in the two-game series with Purdue this season and have struggled to their first losing campaign since the 1998-99 season.

Chester Frazier's layup with under four seconds remaining lifted Illinois to a 64-63 victory over Penn State in an opening round matchup on Thursday. Brian Randle led the Illini with 17 points.

Whichever team moves on will face either Indiana or Minnesota in the semifinals on Saturday.