• Illini look to Hill, Nunn, but lose Black for 4-6 weeks

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois coach John Groce knows he wants juniors Malcolm Hill and Kendrick Nunn to become the leaders and top performers on a young, relatively inexperienced team.

  • Nebraska running back Terrell Newby (34) tries to avoid a tackle by Illinois defensive back Taylor Barton (3) during the first quarter of an NCAA football game Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill.  (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

    After 2 tough years, Illinois’ defense delivering

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — As he started explaining how Illinois rallied to knock off Nebraska last week, interim coach Bill Cubit offered a deep dose of praise to a unit that doesn’t usually get much: the defense.