No. 23 Illini Defeated by Wildcats, 68-54

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No. 23 Illini Defeated by Wildcats, 68-54
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Northwestern and Illinois were both looking to bounce back from losses Thursday night. The Wildcats improved, extending No. 23 Illinois' losing streak to three games while handing the Illini a 68-54 home loss that could cost them their Top 25 ranking. After starting slow against Iowa and never catching up in the 70-50 whipping, Northwestern coach Bill Carmody was looking for a faster start. The Wildcats (11-7, 2-3 Big Ten) delivered with a barrage of 3-pointers early and 10 points in the first 10 minutes from Reggie Hearn...

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