Michigan clinches outright Big Ten title with 84-53 victory over Illinois


Dustin Johnston

With its victory over Illinois Tuesday night in Champaign, Michigan is officially the outright Big Ten regular-season champion. The last time the Wolverines won the title outright was in 1986.

Michigan was never going to be stopped tonight. Against an Illinois team that held its previous four opponents to under 50 points, the Wolverines scored 52 points in the first half alone. It was clear from the opening tip that Michigan was on a mission.

As Michigan solidified itself as the best team in the Big Ten, Nik Stauskas may have proved himself to be the conference’s best player. Stauskas hit 7-of-9 3-pointers on his way to 24 points, leading all scorers. The sophomore was brilliant, hitting everything in sight.

After beating Minnesota at home last week, Beilein talked about the importance of winning a Big Ten regular season title.

“This is incredible at Michigan, what we do about prizing a championship in the regular season,” the coach said. “I’ve never seen it like this before and we’re all embracing it. What’s rewarding is that these guys have talked about it and talked about and now they’ve done — they’re almost all the way there.”

Michigan is finally all the way there.

  • Epicrapbattlechem

    What a great coach Beilein is!

  • John Billington

    Nice job get ready for the big dance, Go Blue!

  • Chazer

    Well done gentlemen!

  • MGoTweeter

    Take care of Indiana on Saturday and probably lock up a two seed for the tournament. Win that and the BTT and have an outside chance at the fourth one seed.

    • kam

      I dont want to win the BTT i want to win one game and lose and get rest. Bob knight said it best IMO. The tournaments are stupid

      • guestavo

        No. Winning begets winning. 9/12 of the last tourney champions won their tournament. It’s a non issue with those young legs.

        • kam


          • guestavo

            Really. Heck, Louisville won last year and they play that havoc defense.

          • kam

            i guess you’re right!

      • MGoTweeter

        I do think there is some merit to losing early and resting up but the chance to get a one seed is more important. There is a huge advantage to being a one over a two especially if you make the sweet sixteen where there is a decent chance the 4/5 get knocked out.

  • Mattski

    Beilein = greatness.

  • kam

    CHAMPS!! We were hoping to just finish top 5 months ago. JB and staff did AMAZING!

  • Mattski

    Just moseyed over to RCMB to see how everyone was feeling, and saw this:

    “Beilein’s greatest strength as a coach is giving his players confidence. It’s very impressive how he has freshmen coming in playing like upperclassmen. Confidence is a big reason why. Izzo goes a different route. He breaks kids down and rebuilds them from scratch over a few years. While it leads to some gritty seniors who have really earned their place, it also means that some players never re-establish confidence, and their potential evaporates. Two very different player development styles.”

    Something I’ve been saying for a while: Izzo is a screamer. When screamers wear out–or their doctors tell them they’ve got to give it up–they don’t have a whole lot to fall back on. Who would you rather have your kid play for?

  • youkno

    importantly, iowa state and creighton who we are competing with in that 2-3 seed range lost tonight to unranked teams!

  • aiglick88@gmail.com

    I’m very happy for our team they have made everybody very proud and they should be happy with their tremendous accomplishment. Great job team and thank you for sticking with this season and for your hard work to get to the peak of the Big Ten.

  • ChathaM

    This isn’t meant as a slam against anyone. In fact, I can’t even recall who said it. But, I remember the team being 6-4, and a few posters here talking about a probable NIT finish to this season. It is simply amazing to have been able to watch this team develop so quickly into champs.

    • guestavo

      I think most of us were worried and rightfully so…

  • jakerblue

    It’s interesting to see that the three big ten wins that were by 20+ were against 3 of the top 4 defenses in the conference (northwestern, Nebraska, and illinois)

  • gobluemd16

    Unbelievable. From the coaches, players, training staff, managers, fans, etc. This has been a special Big Ten regular season. Enjoy it, it has been 28 years but I have a feeling we won’t have to wait nearly as long for the next one with Beilein at the helm.

  • TimgColo

    Still in disbelief that I was hoping for the 12-6, 13-5 BIG record ceiling. The fact they are looking at a likely 15-3 conference season is unbelievable. Here’s to enjoying the rest of the journey through the BIG tournament and the real tournament! Go Blue!