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Illinois routs U-M 85-69

Hot shooting allows Illinois to rout Michigan 85-69.

The Wolverines were hoping to bounce back from a tough loss against Maryland and to avoid a 1-3 hole to start the Big Ten season.

Illinois had other plans on Wednesday night, routing U-M 85-69 to put John Beilein and company in a difficult spot.

It's difficult to beat any team when it shoots 64% from the field. Hot shooting combined with six players scoring in double figures was a recipe for disaster for the Wolverines. For a team that stressed defense in camp, that defense has yet to show up as Illinois seemingly had whatever it wanted on the floor. Illinois had the game under control for what seemed like the entire game. Once again, the Wolverines had endure a barrage of wide open midrange and three-point shots. The Illini made its first 8 of 10 three-pointers which helped them to a double-digit lead by halftime. It was much of the same in the second, as Illinois came out strong and blew the game wide open.

U-M center Moe Wagner did what he could to narrow the deficit, including a three-pointer of his own as well as being fouled on one. However, it wasn't enough and the Wolverines are left scrambling to fix a season that is going downhill rather quickly.

The Wolverines return to action on Saturday to face Nebraska at the Crisler Center.


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