Michigan-Illinois Postgame Notes

March 9, 2017

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  • 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.