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Michigan vs. Illinois rating, takeaways: Illini pound Wolverines, who slip to the No. 3 general seed


What No. 4 Illinois did to No. 2 Michigan on Tuesday — on Michigan’s personal court docket no much less! — might be thought-about unlawful in some jurisdictions.

With out the providers of All-American guard Ayo Dosunmu, the Illini dismantled the Wolverines 76-53. It was 33-22 on the half, the sport shortly slipping away from Michigan. However it actually received out of hand within the second half. Trent Frazier’s 16 second-half factors (and game-high 22 factors) carried Illinois to a whopping 43-31 benefit within the closing 20 minutes.

Michigan’s constructed its stellar season round bodily play, powerful protection, an environment friendly all-around offense and good 3-point taking pictures to buttress its assault. Illinois determined it wasn’t going to permit them to play their recreation. The consequence was a 42-26 rebounding disparity within the benefit of the Illini, and a woeful 2-of-7 end from 3-point vary for the Wolverines. Their 53 factors marked their lowest scoring complete all season and lowest since Dec. 3, 2019, when it did not crack the 50-point mark in a loss to Louisville. 

Each groups entered the night as No. 1 seeds in Jerry Palm’s Bracketology. After the loss, Palm has the Wolverines staying a No. 1 seed, however dropping from the No. 2 to the No.3 nationwide seed with their loss. The Illini stay the fourth No. 1 seed with their win, successfully holding regular on the highest spot but shifting ever-so-slightly. Gonzaga and Baylor are the highest No. 1 seeds on account of Tuesday’s motion.

Illinois has now gained 10 of its final 11 video games and heaved itself into title competition after a bumpy couple of weeks in December and January. To demolish a Michigan group the way in which it did with out Dosunmu, contemplating the way in which this Michigan group has performed, ought to power you to recalibrate expectations. There are solely a handful of true, viable groups able to successful the event. The Illini confirmed with a press release they’re undoubtedly amongst them.

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