GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Illinois 76, Michigan 53


By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Andre Curbelo scored 11 of his 17 points in the first half, and No. 4 Illinois dismantled No. 2 Michigan with a smothering defensive performance, routing the Wolverines 76-53.

Playing again without injured star Ayo Dosunmu, the Illini (19-6, 15-4) kept Michigan from clinching the Big Ten title and boosted their own chances at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Trent Frazier led Illinois with 22 points, and Kofi Cockburn added 12.

Eli Brooks scored 11 points and was the only player in double figures for Michigan. The Wolverines (18-2, 13-2) looked physically overwhelmed for much of the night, unable to create good shots against the Illinois defense and unable to keep the Illini off the boards. It was an eye-opening blowout - especially since Michigan has rolled to similar margins of victory against other good teams this season.

Both teams had a hard time scoring in the first half, but Curbelo's ability to drive to the basket helped Illinois to a 33-22 lead at the break. Then the Illini kept pouring it on.

Illinois outscored Michigan 22-5 in second-chance points and held the Wolverines to 35% shooting from the field.

The Big Ten confirmed before the game that it will use winning percentage to determine the league champion. Michigan can still wrap that up with a win in either of its last two games - or if Illinois loses its last game this weekend.

March 2, 2021



Illinois
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Grandison F 30 1-2 0-0 1-1 3-6 5 0 1 1 1 3
K. Cockburn C 23 6-10 0-1 0-0 2-7 0 1 0 2 4 12
T. Frazier G 34 7-18 6-7 2-5 1-4 1 0 2 3 1 22
A. Miller G 32 2-7 0-0 2-4 0-4 0 0 0 3 2 6
D. Williams G 32 2-6 2-2 1-3 1-6 0 0 0 0 4 7
A. Curbelo   19 8-14 1-2 0-0 1-6 2 0 0 2 4 17
G. Bezhanishvili   15 2-3 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 4
C. Hawkins   8 1-2 1-2 0-0 1-3 1 0 1 0 2 3
Z. Griffith   2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 2
J. Hamlin   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Underwood   2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 1 1 0
E. Padilla Jr.   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 30-64
(.469)
10-14
(.714)
6-13
(.462)
12-42 9 2 5 12 20 76


Michigan
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
I. Livers F 31 2-7 2-2 1-3 0-6 0 1 0 1 1 7
H. Dickinson C 22 1-8 4-6 0-0 0-5 0 0 2 0 3 6
E. Brooks G 31 3-8 5-5 0-1 0-1 2 0 2 0 1 11
F. Wagner G 31 1-9 0-0 0-1 2-5 2 2 1 1 3 2
M. Smith G 27 2-6 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 5
C. Brown Jr.   17 1-2 1-3 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 3
A. Davis   13 4-4 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 1 0 4 2 9
T. Williams II   7 0-0 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 2
B. Johns Jr.   6 2-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 4
J. Faulds   4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
J. Howard   4 0-0 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 1 1 2
Z. Jackson   4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Nunez   4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Totals   201 17-49
(.347)
17-24
(.708)
2-7
(.286)
5-26 4 4 5 11 14 53

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