2014-15 Game 25

Illinois 5 Key Plays
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Five Key Plays: Michigan at Illinois

Once again, the Michigan basketball team put itself in position for a key win, but once again, the Wolverines couldn’t close out the game. We look Michigan’s best moments from Thursday night’s loss to Illinois (including Aubrey Dawkins’ monster dunk) and examine what went wrong late.

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Illinois 64, Michigan 52 (OT) -24
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No easy answers for Michigan after another heartbreaking loss

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, the Michigan basketball team was practicing drills it should’ve perfected in September. On Wednesday, Feb. 11, John Beilein spoke about how the remaining schedule allowed his Wolverines to work their way back onto the NCAA tournament bubble.

And maybe it took one more gut-punching loss for everyone to realize you can’t be a preseason team on Tuesday and an NCAA tournament contender on Thursday.

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Game 25: Michigan at Illinois Recap

Since Caris LeVert’s injury, Michigan has now lost to Wisconsin, Michigan State and Illinois in overtime and by three at Indiana. But this one hurt just a little bit more. For the first time during that stretch, Michigan wasn’t fighting to comeback and tie the game, it was in control and let the game slip away.

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Illinois 64, Michigan 52 (OT) -12
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Photo Gallery: Illinois 64, Michigan 52 (OT)

All photos by Dustin Johnston. Full gallery after the jump.

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Coach Beilein at Illinois 2015
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Video: John Beilein reacts to overtime loss at Illinois

John Beilein suffered his first loss against John Groce since Ohio knocked Michigan out of the NCAA tournament in 2012 and his team clearly let one slip away. The Wolverines led 50-43 before suffering a 64-52 overtime defeat. Watch Beilein’s comments in the embedded media player after the jump.

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Michigan 73, Illinois 65 (OT) -7
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Game 25: Michigan at Illinois Open Thread

The Wolverines will look to snap a three game losing streak this evening as they face Illinois at the State Farm Center. Michigan has won eight straight against the Illini, but the Illini have won three straight and their leading scorer, Rayvonte Rice, will return from his suspension this evening.

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Game 25: Michigan at Illinois Preview

Michigan faces Illinois this evening (9 p.m., ESPN) with hopes of keeping its slim NCAA tournament chances alive. The Wolverines won the first matchup thanks to six threes from Aubrey Dawkins, but will have their hands full against an Illinois team that has won its last three games.

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Michigan 54, Iowa 72-29
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Notebook: Wolverines hold players-only meeting to regroup

After Michigan’s 18-point loss to Iowa on Feb. 5 put its NCAA tournament hopes on life support, the team’s captains decided enough was enough. The Wolverines held a players-only meeting in the video room to discuss, in part, the effort being exhibited in crucial situations. The message?

“We have to get out of our comfort zone,” recalled Max Bielfeldt.

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John Beilein previews Illinois
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Video: John Beilein, Spike Albrecht and Max Bielfeldt preview Illinois

John Beilein, Spike Albrecht and Max Bielfeldt met with media Wednesday afternoon to preview Michigan’s upcoming game against Illinois. Beilein discussed how he handles expectations to make the NCAA tournament, while Albrecht detailed a players-only meeting held after the Iowa game and Bielfeldt spoke on playing in his home state.

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