Michigan's 72-64 victory over No. 8 Illinois marks the first win over the Fighting Illini since Jan. 16, 2000 when the Wolverines won in overtime, 95-91, in overtime.
Michigan's 72-64 victory over No. 8 Illinois marks the highest-ranked opponent the Wolverines have defeated in Tommy Amaker's era.
Tommy Amaker has beaten two other top-10 teams throughout his career; both came with Seton Hall in the 1999-2000 season: a 67-65 overtime win against No. 5 Temple (3/19/00) and a 69-67 win at No. 4 Syracuse (2/7/00). The latter was the highest-ranked team every beaten by Seton Hall.
Michigan's 72-64 win over No. 8 Illinois marks the Wolverines' first win over a top-10 opponent since March 8, 1998 when they overtook No. 9 Purdue 76-67.
Michigan's 72-64 win over No. 8 Illinois gives the Wolverines an 18-7 overall record with a 8-6 record in Big Ten Conference action.
Michigan's 72-64 No. 8 Illinois gives the Wolverines a 68-79 overall record in the all-time series. After NCAA sanctions, U-M holds a 64-75 record against the Fighting Illini.
Michigan's 72 points against No. 8 Illinois gives the Wolverines the highest two point totals surrendered by the Fighting Illini this season. U-M scored 74 points at No. 7/6 Illinois (Jan. 14) earlier this season, marking the highest number of points given up by the Illini.
Injuries continue to affect the Wolverines as they played their first game without Chris Hunter, who suffered a left knee sprain at Michigan State (Feb. 18), and their 10th game without Lester Abram, who suffered an ankle injury at Minnesota (Jan. 21).
Graham Brown's 10 rebounds take him to 27th on Michigan's all-time rebounding list. Brown now has 580 career boards, moving him past Henry Wilmore (573, 1971-73) and Ray Jackson (1992-95, 578).
Graham Brown recorded 10 rebounds against the Fighting Illini for his 12th-career game with 10-or-more boards in a game.
Daniel Horton's career-best 39 points mark the highest point total in a single game by any player in the Big Ten this season. Horton's performance against Illinois betters Wisconsin's Alando Tucker who recorded 38 against Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 19).
Daniel Horton's career-best 39 points make him just the fifth player in Michigan history to have a game with 39 points or better. He joins the ranks of Glen Rice (1986-89), Cazzie Russell (1964-66), John Tidwell (1959-61) and Henry Wilmore (1971-73) to accomplish the feat.
Daniel Horton's 39 points against the Fighting Illini move him to 16th on Michigan's all-time scoring list. Horton's 1,464 career tallies moved him past Rumeal Robinson (1,446, 1988-90), Loy Vaught (1,451, 1987-90) and Phil Hubbard (1,455, 1976-79).
Daniel Horton recorded a career-best 39 points against Illinois for his third-career game reaching at least 30 points. He becomes just the 16th player in Wolverine history to amass at least three games with 30 points or better.
Daniel Horton's two steals against the Fighting Illini move him into a tie for 3rd on Michigan's all-time steals list with former teammate Bernard Robinson, Jr. (2001-04). Horton now holds 169 career steals, breaking a tie for 4th with Travis Conlan (167, 1995-98).
Daniel Horton's 13 field goals mark a career best for the senior guard. Horton's previous best was nine, which he had accomplished two other times (Butler, Nov. 26; Bowling Green, 12/11/02).
Courtney Sims and Ron Coleman have yet to miss games in their Wolverine careers. Sims has played in 90 straight games with 80 starts while Coleman has played in 56 straight games with 35 starts.
Courtney Sims dished off a career-best four assists against the Fighting Illini. He eclipsed his previous best of two, which he has posted on 12 different occasions.
Ron Coleman's one rebound against the Fighting Illini give him an even 150 career boards.
Jerret Smith recorded a career-best nine points against the Fighting Illini, topping his previous best of eight points posted twice: at Illinois (Jan. 14) and against Central Michigan (Nov. 18).
Jerret Smith recorded career bests in free throws (4) and attempts (5) against the Fighting Illini. He hit his previous bests at Penn State (Feb. 1) when he went 2-of-3 from the charity stripe.
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