Michigan’s game at Illinois on Tuesday night was supposed to be a defensive struggle. It turned out to be a victory lap.
Facing an Illinois defense that had held its last four opponents under 50 points, Michigan was unfazed. The same Michigan team that been outscored by 61 points in the first 10 minutes of its last six games, wasted no time taking control. The Wolverines scored 52 points in the first half and it took Illinois all 40 minutes to match Michigan’s first half total.
In a season that’s been defined by close victories, Michigan flipped the script in its biggest moment yet. The Wolverines led by as many as 33 points and left no doubt in an 84-53 victory. The 31 point margin marked Illinois’ worst loss in Assembly Hall (now the State Farm Center) history.
Michigan is the class of the conference and Nik Stauskas is the league’s best player. Stauskas could barely miss, connecting on 8-of-11 shots – including a career high seven threes – and finishing with 24 points in 31 minutes.
For the first time since 1986, Michigan will sit alone at the top of the final Big Ten standings.
By Dustin Johnston | 2013-14 Season | Posted on March 4, 2014 at 10:52 pm
Illinois coach John Groce spoke with the media on Tuesday night following his team’s 84-53 loss to Michigan at home. For the Wolverines, the win meant an outright Big Ten title. For Illinois, the loss put a definitive end to what had been a stretch of strong defensive games. You can watch the press conference using the embedded media player below.
By UMHoops Staff | 2013-14 Season | Posted on March 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm
Michigan coach John Beilein was on hand to speak with the media following his team’s 84-53 annihilation of Illinois on Tuesday night in Champaign. The victory gave Michigan its first outright Big Ten regular-season title since 1986. You can watch the press conference using the embedded media player below and read notes and quotes after the jump.
By Dustin Johnston | 2013-14 Season | Posted on March 4, 2014 at 9:40 pm
With a decisive 84-53 shellacking of Illinois on Tuesday night in Champaign, Michigan secured its first outright Big Ten regular-season title since 1986. Jordan Morgan, Jon Horford, Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas were on hand to speak with the media following the victory. You can watch the full press conference using the embedded media player below.
By Joe Stapleton | 2013-14 Season | Posted on March 4, 2014 at 8:52 pm
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.”