March 1, 2012
With the win, Michigan improves to 22-8 for the season and 12-5 in Big Ten play. The Wolverines have now won their last three games on the road. The 22 wins mark the most wins in a season during head coach John Beilein's Michigan career.
The win marks Michigan's first win in Champaign since Jan. 17, 1995, and the first of head coach John Beilein's career at U-M. Beilein is now 5-5 against Illinois at U-M. Michigan improves to 74-85 (70-80*) all-time against Illinois. The Wolverines are now 24-55 against the Illini in Champaign.
Thursday's matchup marked the second of two meetings between Michigan and Illinois this season. The Wolverines also defeated the Illini, 70-61, on Feb. 12 in Ann Arbor.
Michigan is 17-0 this season in games it led at half.
With the win, Michigan secured a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament, which marks the second straight year U-M has gotten a bye in the opening round.
Following each of Michigan's losses this season, the Wolverines have responded with a win in each of their next games. Michigan has now done so following the last 14 losses dating back to the 2010-11 season.
Tim Hardaway Jr. recorded his second double-double of the season and third of his career with 25 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Hardaway went 6-for-7 from the field, including a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc. He also went 9-for-10 from the charity stripe.
Two Wolverines recorded double-digit scoring efforts -- Tim Hardaway Jr. (25) and Trey Burke (21). It marks the 14th time Hardaway has led the Wolverines in points this season and his fifth time hitting the 20-point mark this season. It also marks Burke's 27th double-digit scoring game of the season and fourth time he hit the 20-point mark this season.
Michigan went 21-for-23 (91.3 percent) from the free throw line; the 23 attempts are a season high for Michigan. The Wolverines did not miss a free throw until the final minute of the game. Michigan's final 15 points came from the free throw line in the last 6:17 of the game.
Colton Christian scored two points and grabbed one rebound in the win -- it marked his first points of the season since the win over Memphis in the Maui Invitational (Nov. 21, 2012).
With the start, Zack Novak moved into sole possession of third all-time at U-M with 118 starts. He has started the last 89 straight games.
With two three-pointers, Stu Douglass became the fifth Wolverine with 200-plus threes in a career. He hit his 200th career three on the first field goal of the game.
With 39 minutes played in the win, Zack Novak moved into third all-time with 4,223 career minutes played. He surpassed Dion Harris, who logged 4,200 minutes in his career.
With five assists in the win, Trey Burke now has 143 career assists, which set a new Michigan freshman assists record. He surpassed Gary Grant, who dished out 140 assists as a freshman in 1984-85.
Michigan led from the opening tip and the game was tied just once, 14-14, at 11:55 in the first half.
The Wolverines are now 3-3 this season when wearing their blue jerseys.
For the 12th straight game, Michigan went with the starting lineup of Trey Burke , Stu Douglass , Tim Hardaway Jr. , Zack Novak and Jordan Morgan. Douglass has now appeared in 132 consecutive games for the Wolverines, having not missed a single game in his career.
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