Jan. 27, 2013
Michigan's 19-1 record to start the season is the best in school history. The previous best was 18-2 marks on three occasions: 1985-86, 1976-77 and 1964-65.
With the victory, the Wolverines could become the top-ranked team in the country. This would be the first time that U-M has been listed No. 1 in the national polls since Dec. 5, 1992. Michigan is currently ranked second in the Associated Press poll and third in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. Top-ranked Duke lost earlier in the week and Kansas (17-1) is one spot better than Michigan in the coaches poll.
This is the second straight year that Michigan won in Champaign. Last season, the Wolverines posted a 72-61 road victory against the Illini on March 1, 2012.
The last time that Michigan won at Assembly Hall in consecutive seasons was the 1994 and 1995 seasons. Current U-M director of basketball operations Travis Conlan was a freshman point guard on the 1994-95 squad.
U-M has claimed four straight wins against Illinois dating back to the 2011 Big Ten Tournament (60-55 comeback victory). The two teams will play at Crisler later this season on Feb. 24.
This four-game winning stretch against the Illini is the longest for the Wolverines since earning nine straight victories during the 1992 through 1996 seasons.
Michigan had four players score in double figures against Illinois. It is the 11th time this season that the Wolverines have had at least four double-digit scorers.
Sophomore guard Trey Burke posted a team-best 19 points, five rebounds and five assists. Last year, Burke posted 21 points at Illinois.
With 19 points against the Illini, Burke has scored in double digits in all 20 games this season. Burke tied for the team lead with nine points and five rebounds in the first half.
Junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. tallied 12 points and four rebounds. He reached double digits in scoring for the 16th time in 19 games played this season.
Freshman guard Nik Stauskas posted 12 points in his first appearance at Assembly Hall. He tied for team lead with nine points in the first half. Stauskas scored the team's first four points of the contest and nine of first 17.
Freshman forward Glenn Robinson III scored 14 points, contributing eight points in the first 20 minutes, including three tip-ins.
Freshman forward Mitch McGary led the rebounding effort with seven in the contest. He also contributed six points.
The Wolverines boast three players from the state of Illinois: senior guard and team captain Josh Bartelstein (Highland Park, Ill./Phillips Exeter Academy [N.H.]), redshirt freshman forward Max Bielfeldt (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame HS) and senior guard Matt Vogrich (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest HS).
Bielfeldt made a major contribution against the home state Illini, matching a career high with four points and two rebounds, both on the offensive end. He had an offensive board and put-back during a second half run and converted 2 of 4 free throws. He grabbed two offensive rebounds in the first half, drawing a foul during his two minutes of action. Illinois' Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building is named after his grandfather.
Redshirt junior forward Jordan Morgan left the game at 18:29 of the first half after tweaking an ankle. He did not return to the game but was on the bench for the remainder of the contest.
With Morgan's injury, Jon Horford started the second half and finished with a season-best seven points and five rebounds.
The coaches and support staff for both teams sported tennis shoes and suits in support of Coaches vs. Cancer. The initiative between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) is designed to help make a difference in the fight against cancer.
The victory is the Wolverines' 75th all-time against the Illini (75-85) and 25th all-time on the road (25-55).
Michigan is a perfect 17-0 record when leading at half this season, including a 5-0 mark in Big Ten play. U-M led 35-27 at the break, its largest lead of the first half in the game.