March 9, 2017
Tracy Abrams tallied 23 points (9-of-13 FG, 2-of-3 3FGs, 3-of-5 FT) vs. Michigan, his biggest offensive output since he scored 31 points vs. Central Michigan on 12/10/16. He scored 10 straight points for the Illini in the first half (from 6:50 to 5:00).
A 15-2 Illinois run in the first half cut the lead from 31-11 (at 7:23) to 33-26 (at 3:36).
Illinois’ bench players scored 20 of its team’s 55 points.
Tracy Abrams’ 9-of-13 (.692) shooting led Illinois. The rest of the team shot 13-of-35 (.371).
Illinois’ all-time Big Ten Tournament record fell to 27-18.
Michigan head coach John Beilein picked up his 210th career win with the Wolverines, becoming the winningest coach in program history. Beilein is 210-134 in 10 seasons in Ann Arbor and has a career record of 761-452 in 39 seasons on the sidelines.
Michigan improved its all-time Big Ten Tournament record to 19-18. Michigan is now 4-2 vs. Illinois in Tournament play.
Since an 85-69 loss at Illinois on 1/11/17, the Wolverines have won seven of their last nine games.
Michigan shot 11-of-14 from 18:53 to 9:36 in the first half to build a 26-11 lead. It eventually owned a 40-29 halftime lead (.593 FG%). Michigan’s starters scored 38 of the team’s 40 first-half points.
Zak Irvin scored 18 points, his 25th game this season in double figures. He played in his 136th career game, second most in program history.
Moe Wagner had five steals, a career best.
Michigan’s starting five scored all but four of its team’s 75 points.
Purdue, the Wolverines’ quarterfinal opponent on Friday, lost to Michigan at Ann Arbor on 2/25/17 by a score of 82-70. At the time, Purdue was ranked 14th in the nation. Michigan’s Moe Wagner scored 22 of his game-high 24 points in the first half. Michigan outshot Purdue from beyond the arc, 11 to 5. U-M’s defense held Caleb Swanigan to a season-low five rebounds.
Michigan finished the Big Ten season as the conference’s top free throw shooting team (.771). It hit 6-of-7 free throws (.857) vs. Illinois today.
The Wolverines came into today’s game as the nation’s leader in fewest turnovers per game (9.4). It committed just seven turnovers vs. the Illini. U-M has had 10 or fewer turnovers in 23 games this season. The Wolverines caused 14 Illini turnovers.
Michigan is 3-0 all-time in second-round games.
Michigan led Illinois in fast-break points, 12-0.