Posted February 24, 2013 on
GoBlueWolverine's Andre Barthwell and Kyle Bogenschutz hit the Crisler Center floor to recap Michigan's 71-58 win over Illinois Sunday afternoon, the play of freshman guard Caris LeVert, the reinsertion of center Jordan Morgan -- are the Wolverines finding their way once again?
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Michigan basketball (23-4, 10-4) sorely needed a convincing win. To have to get it against an Illinois team (20-9, 7-8) that won 5 straight games and was playing with a ton of confidence was a tall order, but they got it. Michigan used a dominant 2nd half to get the 71-58 win.
How They Won
The Wolverines started off slow on defense giving up 11 quick points before the...
Jordan Morgan, Trey Burke and Caris LeVert all faced the media after Michigan’s 13 point win over Illinois. Burke was dominant statistically while Caris LeVert provided a scoring lift off of the bench. However it was Jordan Morgan that held things together in the middle with a steady defensive performance.
Burke and LeVert after the jump.
Michigan center Jordan Morgan made a big impact in his first extended time since spraining his ankle at Illinois nearly a month ago. With four games left, the redshirt junior will be key to the Wolverines success.
1. With the loss Illinois falls to 7-8 and just about guarantees a Big Ten finish no better than 6th. The top five teams in the conference all have at least 10 conference wins. Michigan is two games back of Indiana and one back of Michigan State.
2. Illinois had just seven assists on 21 made baskets. The Illini are 340th of 347 Division I teams in assist rate. They've been...
Michigan Basketball (23-4, 10-4) will play at Penn State (8-18, 0-14) on Wednesday night. The game will tip off at 6:30pm and be televised on the Big Ten Network.
The Nittany Lions are playing better than their record suggests and just 10 days ago they played Michigan tough at Crisler before losing 79-71. Bad news for Penn State in that Michigan was still staggering a bit from the...
John Beilein addressed the media during the post-game press conference following Michigan’s 71-58 win over Illinois at the Crisler Center on Sunday. You can watch using the embedded media player below or read notes and quotes after the jump.
Opening statement: “I was thrilled with that second half that we played today. As you can see, Illinois coming in with a win against...
A closer look at Illinois' next opponent - the Michigan Wolverines.
John Beilein joined the rest of the Big Ten coaches for a teleconference Monday morning. He touched on how his team has gotten back on track since struggling over the past month, the consequences for turnovers in practice and more. You can read notes and quotes below.
Opening statement: "I really like the way we played yesterday against a really good Illinois team. They’d...
Much of the discussion over the last two weeks has revolved around Michigan’s difficult schedule, tired legs, youth, and the proverbial freshman wall. But...
By most measures, Glenn Robinson III has had a very successful freshman season. The young forward is great at using his elite athleticism and high basketball IQ to score with extreme efficiency, mostly through cuts to the basket, put backs off of offensive rebounds and opportunities in transition.
Like all freshmen, Robinson has experienced his ups and downs – part...
It took Michigan 20 minutes to wake up on Sunday afternoon but the Wolverines finally began to resemble the team that cruised through the first 21 games of the season with just one loss.
In the first half, Illinois dominated the offensive glass, grabbing eight offensive boards for 13 second chance points, while uncharacteristic turnovers bogged down a usually efficient Wolverine...
Michigan hosts Illinois on Sunday afternoon after a week off and hopes to regain its early season form before a critical stretch run. Dan Dakich and Bob Wischusen will be on the call for ESPN with tip off scheduled for 1:02 p.m.
Join in the discussion below before, during and after the game to share your thoughts, predictions and observations.
In his weekly appearance on Sports Talk 1050 WTKA the Wolverines headman discussed his team's recent victory over Illinois, the defensive improvement, the measures he has taken to get the team back to playing good defense, to get them playing tougher, and to continue growing their rebounding proficiency, Jordan Morgan's health, Penn State, and more.
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Indiana is the class of the Big Ten – both in the record column and in the efficiency margin column. The Hoosiers picked up a pivotal win at Michigan State and control their own destiny with a two game lead over the rest of the league. Wins are Minnesota and against Iowa this week could lock down at least a share of the Big Ten crown...