UI grade vs. Michigan: A-
Player of the game
Jordan Morgan, Michigan
The senior only scored four points, but he had the most important two in the final seconds. His basket gave Michigan the win and kept its hopes alive for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Morgan helped the Wolverines with six rebounds.
Illinois B, Michigan A-
Three Illini starters hit double figures, though they needed extra shots to do it. Tracy Abrams, saddled with foul trouble, scored 11 after burning Indiana for 25. Nik Stauskas was shaky from the field (4 of 12) but near perfect at the line (9 of 10). The Wolverines don’t advance without Caris LeVert (13 points, five boards four assists).
Illinois B, Michigan B+
Another good game for Nnanna Egwu, especially on the glass (nine rebounds). He chipped in seven points and will be a major player in the NIT. Glenn Robinson III played like his dad, scoring 15 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
Illinois A, Michigan C
Nice to Joseph Bertrand back to his old self. The senior scored nine critical points. The other senior, Jon Ekey, scored five points and played solid defense. The Wolveines used just three subs. Good thing Spike Albrecht (five points) was one of them.
Illinois A-, Michigan A
Give John Groce’s guys tons of credit for rallying against the Big Ten champs. Though the end is a bummer for the fans, the program’s best days are ahead of it, starting with next week’s appearance in the NIT. The Illini were thisclose to reaching the Big Ten semifinals.