Purdue’s Vince Edwards will miss his his second consecutive game with an ankle injury. Edwards will not suit up for the Boilermakers on Thursday night at Illinois, according to Nathan Baird of the Lafayette Journal and Courier.
Vince Edwards out at Illinois with ankle injury
Per #Purdue coach Matt Painter, senior forward Vincent Edwards will not play tonight at Illinois.
This will be… https://t.co/Oawapawc8v
— Nathan Baird (@nbairdjc) February 22, 2018
Edwards, Purdue’s second-leading scorer, also was sidelined in a win over Penn State on Sunday. Edwards is averaging 14.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season for the No. 9 Boilermakers.
Purdue needs a win against the Illini (7 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1) to keep its Big Ten title hopes alive. The Boilermakers would need to beat Illinois on Thursday, win against Minnesota on Sunday and have Michigan State lose to Wisconsin in order to claim a share of the conference championship.
Purdue enters Thursday night’s game with a 24-5 overall record (13-3 in the Big Ten). This is the only regular season meeting Matt Painter’s team has with Illinois this season.