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'Defense Gets the Credit'

Illinois held Northwestern to 25 percent shooting Sunday night, beating the Wildcats 62-41 with a smothering defensive effort.

EVANSTON, Ill. - Illinois Coach John Groce knew his team couldn't allow Northwestern's shooters open 3-point attempts, especially not early in Sunday's game. Not after the Wildcats hit 8 of 15 from downtown in last month's win over the Fighting Illini (19-8, 6-7) in Champaign. Not after they nearly upset Ohio State last week by nailing 11 three-point baskets. "If you let them get clean looks... Recommended Stories

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