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The Illini received some well-deserved days off earlier this week after a four-game stretch in a 12-day span to open Big Ten play.

Nebraska is coming to town next, with the Cornhuskers trying to win their first game in Champaign since 1921.

Can John Groce's program hit the 10-win mark on Saturday afternoon at State Farm Center?

Beat writer Scott Richey chatted Wednesday afternoon. Here's a sampling:

Question: How is Kipper Nichols doing in his first practices with the team?

Scott's answer: "I have seen a bit of Kipper Nichols before practices and Sunday during his workout before the game. What stands out to me right now is his build. He's 18/19 years old but doesn't look it. You can see him coming in right away and at least competing physically."

To read the full chat transcript, please click here.