Rapid Reaction: UM 74, ILL 60

Rapid Reaction: UM 74, ILL 60

CHAMPAIGN - A quick recap of the Illinois-Michigan game, where the Wolverines won 74-60.

CHAMPAIGN - Illinois fell to No. 2 Michigan 74-60 Sunday, falling to 2-5 in the Big Ten.

It was over when: The Illini had five turnovers in the first five minutes of the second half. The miscues enabled the Wolverines to build a 50-37 lead and maintain a comfortable margin for the rest of the game.

Player of the game: Trey Burke. The sophomore star scored a game-high 19 points and had five assists and five rebounds. Burke struggled from the 3-point line (1-5), but found his way, especially in the second half, by driving to the basket. His agressive play led to points for him and opened up opportunities for others.

Stat of the game: Field goal percentage. Michigan shot 60 times, Illinois 61 times. The Wolverines, however, hit eight more shots than their counterparts, finishing the game 51.7 percent from the field while the Illini shot 37.7 percent.

Of note: Michigan outscored Illinois in the paint 42-32, off turnovers 20-15, on the fast break 10-4 and points off the bench 17-10.

The takeaway: Michigan is good. Michigan is really, really good. The Wolverines have a star in Burke and a great surrounding cast. The team is balanced inside-out with a mix of veteran leaders and young contributors. Simply put, Illinois was no match for Michigan Sunday. The Illini played good at times in spurts, but Michigan's brilliance is in it's efficient offensive attack and consistent play throughout. Right now, the Illini are neither of those things.

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