Cold shooting (37 percent) and turnovers (15 for 22 points) felled the Illini against the high-powered Wolverines, dropping Illinois’ record to 5-38 all-time against teams ranked No. 1 or No. 2.
WHAT THE WOLVERINES SAID
“Really pleased about that win. Illinois has great quickness, defense. We’re lucky they dried up a little bit from three.” — coach John Beilein
WHAT THE ILLINI SAID
“Obviously played a really good Michigan team today. To have a chance to beat them, we have to play better than we did today.” — coach John Groce
WHAT IT MEANS
Michigan will be No. 1 in the country Monday for the first time in 20 years after handing the Illini their third straight home defeat, the first time that’s happened since the end of the 2009-10 season.
The second leg in a brutal five-game stretch that includes four games against teams ranked in the top 15 continues Thursday with a trip to Michigan State, where the Illini haven’t won since 2006.