The first half pointed out the importance of guard play and the three point shot in today's college basketball. Michigan outrebounded Illinois 22-16 in the first stanza, and led 5-2 in offensive rebounds. But the Wolverines went 0-7 from beyond the 3-point arc, and star guard Daniel Horton ended the half with 2 fouls and 0 points. Meanwhile Illinois was 5-15 in 3's , including one at the first half buzzer, to take a 31-25 lead into the locker room.
CBS Announcer Billy Packer was still optimistic about Michigan's chances however, saying, "Michigan's advantage is their insider strength. The Illinois lead notwithstanding, Michigan could wear them down inside in the second half -- that's what other teams have done to the Illini this year."
However, this was not to be. Michigan hung tough and at the 6:45 mark the Illini lead was still six, 50-44. But then Michigan comitted two quick turnovers, missed a slam, and didn't get a shot off in time, and at the 4:20 mark Illinois' lead was 13, 57-44. And there at 13 it would stay, with the final score 67-52.
In the end Michigan's cold three-point shooting (3-12, compared to 10-27 for Illinois) and numerous turnovers (11 in the second half, 18 overall), combined with below average game from Daniel Horton (only 6 points) were too much for the Wolverines to overcome.
Michigan goes to 12-6 overall on the season and 3-4 in the Big Ten. They have a week off before hosting #21 Purdue (14-6, 4-3) next Saturday.
Illinois Downs Men's Hoopsters
The Michigan Insider Top Stories
Top Ga. CB has 'high' interest in MichiganCollege park (Ga.) Hapeville Charter 2018 CB Christopher Smith says he has "high" interest in Michigan, but will he visit?
The Michigan InsiderYesterday at 5:53 PM
Five Favorites For Sims; Decision on HorizonAtlanta (Ga.) Westlake defensive back Myles Sims has emerged as one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the country. Now he is closing in on a decision.
The Michigan InsiderYesterday at 3:53 PM
Brown bonds with Harbaugh, Drevno on visitBradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 2018 offensive tackle Verdis Brown visited Ann Arbor this past weekend and connected with the Wolverine coaching staff
The Michigan InsiderYesterday at 12:06 PM
Peach State Star RB Plans to Visit MichiganBuford (Ga.) 2018 RB Christian Turner says he has Michigan "high" on his list, but will he visit?
The Michigan InsiderYesterday at 9:11 AM
U-M leads for Fla. DB following visitNaples (Fla.) 2018 safety Sammy Faustin traveled up to Ann Arbor this past weekend and now has the Maize and Blue out in front for his services
The Michigan InsiderSunday at 6:40 PM