UI grade vs. No. 12 Michigan: C-

UI grade vs. No. 12 Michigan: C-

Player of the game
Nik Stauskas, Michigan

Next time, Illinois fans, you might not want to taunt the Wolverines star about being Canadian. He gave his answer back Tuesday, nailing 7 of 9 three-pointers to finish with 24 points. He could have also asked “How did that Olympic semifinal go for you?”

Backcourt
Michigan A, Illinois B

Stauskas got plenty of help from his buddies, especially Caris LeVert. He hit 5 of 9 shots, grabbed four rebounds and finished with 15 points. Kendrick Nunn continued his fine recent play with 14 points. Rayvonte Rice gave final home crowd a nice show with 16 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Good that he’s got another year in C-U.

Frontcourt
Michigan B, Illinois C-

Only Jordan Morgan’s short night because of injury kept the Wolverines from an A. Nnanna Egwu was solid on the glass (six rebounds), but not so much on offense (six points). Malcolm Hill (1 of 5 shooting) played like a freshman, which he is.

Bench
Michigan A, Illinois C

Spike Albrecht and Zak Irvin combined to hit 5 of 7 three-pointers. That kind of shooting will get you back into the Final Four. Maverick Morgan led the Illini subs with six points and Joseph Bertrand had just two in his final home game.

Overall
Michigan A+, Illinois C-

That is how you clinch an outright Big Ten title, the first for the guys from Ann Arbor in 28 years. Anybody else want to play Michigan in the NCAA tournament? Didn’t think so. Illini fans can stop thinking about the NCAA tournament and start concentrating on the NIT. Sorry.
 

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