Illini grade vs. Michigan: C minus
Our breakdown of Sunday's 71-58 win by Michigan over previously hot Illinois:
Player of the Game: Michigan’s Trey Burke
Slick Ohioan became the seventh sophomore in school history to reach 1,000 points during his sophomore year. That’s a good list to be on. Not only did he score 26, but had eight assists. Move over Mike McGee and Jalen Rose.
The Illini trio scored 10 points each, but needed 28 shots to do it. More of a concern were the 10 turnovers by the Illinois starters. Nik Stauskas was the anti-Burke, missing all five shots.
Nnanna Egwu was solid, but the Illini need more production from the fifth starter. Sam McLaurin adding three points and two boards. From the stands, Dad approved of Glenn Robinson III’s efforts.
Tyler Griffey tried to keep the Illini in the game, hitting a pair of threes in the second half. Something called Caris LeVert dropped in eight for the Wolverines. And Jordan Morgan was a beast on the boards.
Second halves in the state of Michigan do not go well for the Illini, who blew their second lead in the state. Too many turnovers. Not enough scoring from the big two (D.J. Richardson and Brandon Paul).