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Huskers Smother Illinois for Second Straight

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It was another "eye of the beholder" type of game. If you don't have any vested interest in this game, it probably wasn't one that many watched, but for a team that has struggled to get any thing going all season up to date, consecutive conference wins is the Belle of the Ball. The Huskers picked up the win over Illinois, 53-43, to pick up their second straight conference victory and even up their conference record at 2-2.

The Huskers turned to old faithful to shut down the Illinois Fighting Illini: defense. NU held Illinois to 27% shooting and just 43 points. The Huskers weren't exactly burning out the lights on the scoreboard either, but they were effective enough to outpace Illinois by ten points. After tying the game up at 11 five minutes into the game, the Huskers never trailed again. All this despite only getting to the free throw line once before the Illini were forced to foul late in the game.

Terran Petteway paced a balanced Husker attack, scoring 18 points while dishing four assists as well. Petteway was joined in double figures by Shavon Shields who scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had five assists as well. The Huskers won their second straight conference game by double digits. To pick up their third, the challenge will be much stiffer as they head to Madison to try and knock off one of the best teams in the country: the Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin was knocked off by lowly Rutgers Sunday afternoon. The Badgers were without their star center Frank Kaminsky who sat out the game with concussion symptoms. It remains to be seen whether or not he'll return for the matchup with the Huskers on Thursday. Tip off for the matchup in Madison is set for 8 pm.