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Five Key Plays: Michigan vs. Illinois
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Five Key Plays: Michigan vs. Illinois

Michigan cruised to a 73-55 win over Illinois on Thursday afternoon, dominating in virtually every facet to secure a berth in the third round of the Big Ten tournament. In Five Key Plays, we look at the biggest moments of the 18-point blowout, which again showcased the Wolverines’ improvements this season.

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Spike Albrecht talks circus pass, blowout of Illinois
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Video: Spike Albrecht, Max Bielfeldt, Aubrey Dawkins and Zak Irvin talk win over Illinois

The Wolverines’ locker room was open after the win, and several players discussed the team’s impressive showing. Spike Albrecht talked about his circus behind-the-back pass, Aubrey Dawkins spoke on the nickname “Auto” following his 18-point performance, and Max Bielfeldt recapped a season that has seen him move from third-string to starter.

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Michigan 73, Illinois 55-11
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Michigan’s ‘eye-opening’ improvements on full display against Illinois

Even if Michigan fails to make the NIT or NCAA tournament — the road gets much more difficult Friday against top-seeded Wisconsin — the blowout of Illinois demonstrated once again how much the team has improved.

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Michigan 73, Illinois 55-13
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Big Ten Tournament: Michigan vs. Illinois Recap

Michigan looked happy to have a fresh start. Playing to keep its season alive for another day, the Wolverines blew out Illinois at the United Center on Thursday afternoon. The offense flowed as well as it had all season and the defense was engaged for 40 minutes as the Wolverines dismantled an Illinois team that needed to win to make the NCAA tournament.

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Michigan 73, Illinois 55-26
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Photo Gallery: Michigan 73, Illinois 55

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

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Illinois 64, Michigan 52 (OT) -16
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Big Ten Tournament: Michigan vs. Illinois Open Thread

Michigan and Illinois face off this afternoon with hopes of keeping their seasons alive. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. (eastern) at the United Center in Chicago and the game will be broadcast on BTN. Join in the open thread before, during and after today’s tip-off in Chicago.

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Illinois 64, Michigan 52 (OT) -21
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Big Ten Tournament: Michigan vs. Illinois Preview

Basics Who: No. 9 Michigan (15-15, 8-10 B1G) vs. No. 8 Illinois (19-12, 9-9 B1G) Where: United Center (Chicago, IL) When: 12:00 p.m., March 12th, 2015 TV: BTN Radio: 950 AM, 1050AM Michigan and Illinois […]

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John Beilein previews Illinois, Big Ten tournament
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Video: John Beilein, Spike Albrecht, Aubrey Dawkins and Max Bielfeldt preview Big Ten tournament

John Beilein and a trio of players met with media Tuesday to preview Michigan’s Big Ten tournament slate. The Wolverines open Thursday against Illinois at noon, and the winner faces top-seeded Wisconsin the following afternoon.

Beilein, Max Bielfeldt and Spike Albrecht discussed Michigan’s preparations for the postseason, while Aubrey Dawkins revealed his intentions to stay in Ann Arbor this summer with strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson.

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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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