Huskers beat Illinois to open Big Ten play

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LINCOLN, Neb. Nebraska beat Illinois 75-60 on Sunday afternoon in Lincoln as the Big Red moved to 7-1.

The Huskers, who are off to their best start in 15 years, were led by James Palmer's 23 points.

Nebraska travels to Minnesota on Wednesday.

Nebraska Postgame Notes:
*-The Huskers are now 7-1 on the season after tonight's win, giving NU its best start since the 2003-04 campaign.
*-Nebraska has won 16 straight home games dating back to Dec. 20, 2017. It is the longest streak since a 16-game streak spanning the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons. Nebraska is 21-1 at home over the last two season.
*-Nebraska has won 10 straight Big Ten home games, its longest home conference win streak since a 12-stretch spanning the 1965-66 and 1966-67 seasons.
*-Glynn Watson Jr. moved into sole possession of 20th place on Nebraska’s scoring list, as he passed Brian Banks (1,150) and now has 1,158 career points.
*-James Palmer Jr. now has three 20-point games this season and 11 for his career with today’s 23-point effort.
*-NU made 25 of its 30 free throws tonight (83%), the second time this year the Huskers have shot 80% or better from the charity stripe (Nov, 26 at Clemson).
*-Nebraska started the game on a 15-5 run, bolstered by a perfect 4-of-4 shooting performance from the field and 6-of-6 shooting from the line.
*-Isaac Copeland Jr. shot over 50% from the field and scored in double figures for the seventh time in eight games. (16 points, 67% FG).
*-Glynn Watson Jr. had 14 points tonight, marking the seventh time in eight games this year he's scored in double figures.
*-Nebraska improves to 6-7 against Illinois under Tim Miles, winning five of its six home matchups against the Illini since they joined the Big Ten.