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College Basketball: Hawkeyes face stiffest test of season in BIG 10 road game versus #1 Purdue Boilermakers Thursday night

IOWA CITY – Iowa is one of the hottest teams around, winning three-straight games, but the next matchup will be their toughest tussle to date when they travel to West Lafayette to tangle with the #1 Purdue Boilermakers Thursday night.

Iowa (15-8, 7-5) plays at #1 Purdue (22-2, 11-2) // Thursday // 6:01 p.m. (CT) // TV: ESPN2 // Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network. The game is in Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Boilermakers have won nine of its last 10 contests, while the Hawkeyes have won seven of their last nine, datng back to Jan. 5, 2023.

Thursday will be the only meetng between the two teams this season.

Iowa won three games last week against teams who were in second place in the Big Ten standings at the time:

Rutgers (93-82 on Sunday)

Northwestern (86-70 on Tuesday)

Illinois (81-79 on Saturday)

Purdue holds a 94-78 advantage in the series. The Boilermakers have won six of the last eight in the series. The Boilermakers won both regular season meetngs last season, but the Hawkeyes topped Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament championship game in March.

The Boilermakers hold a 62-22 advantage in games played in West Lafayette. Purdue has won 11 of the last 12 contests over the Hawkeyes inside Mackey Arena. Iowa’s last victory at Mackey Arena came on Jan. 2, 2016 (70-63).

Purdue is 5-1 at home in Big Ten play; its home wins came to Minnesota, Nebraska, Mary-land, Michigan State, and Penn State, with their lone setback coming to Rutgers.

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