Michigan vs. Illinois: Live Score, Updates and Analysis for B1G Showdown

Zach DirlamSenior Analyst IIJanuary 27, 2013

Tim Hardaway Jr. will look to guide the Michigan Wolverines past the Illinois Fighting Illini.
Tim Hardaway Jr. will look to guide the Michigan Wolverines past the Illinois Fighting Illini.Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

If there were any questions as to whether or not the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines deserved to become the top team in the national polls come Monday afternoon they were put to rest at Assembly Hall in a 74-60 rout of the Illinois Fighting Illini.

Michigan got in the lane early and often thanks to great cuts from freshmen Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas, but the Wolverines' big men were able to do a lot of damage inside as well despite the fact redshirt junior forward Jordan Morgan left the game with a right ankle injury early in the first half.

Freshman Mitch McGary and sophomore Jon Horford combined for 13 points and 13 rebounds in the victory.

All of Michigan's starters, with the exception of Morgan, finished the game with at least 12 points. Sophomore point guard Trey Burke led all scorers with 19 points, in addition to five assists, five rebounds and three steals.

The Fighting Illini fell behind early in the first half and continued to miss three-pointers as the deficit mounted. Illinois only shot 36-percent from the field and were six-of-27 from beyond the arc.

The loss dropped Illinois to 2-5 in Big Ten Conference play, while the Wolverines improved to 6-1 in league games and are expected to take over the No. 1 spot in the polls on Monday after a 19-1 start to the 2012-13 season.