Hail to the Victors

Michigan basketball wraps up outright Big Ten crown
AP Wire
Mar 4, 2014

Michigan came to Illinois with a shot at sewing up its first outright Big Ten title since 1986.

One potential obstacle stood in the way: The Illini were riding a hot streak and had held four straight opponents under 50 points.

It turns out Illinois wasn't much of a problem.

Michigan (22-7, 14-3 Big Ten) buried Illinois with 16 3-pointers on the way to an 84-53 blowout Tuesday night.

Nik Stauskas scored 24 points, hitting a career-best seven 3 pointers. He said Michigan didn't want to share the championship with anybody, something it did in 2012.

"We came with that mindset, this was our championship and we wanted to win it," he said.

Dialed in or not, Michigan coach John Beilein said he didn't see that kind of shooting performance coming against the Illini (17-13, 6-11).

"I haven't seen that in practice even," Beilein said. "We were really good today."

Michigan shot 70 percent from 3-point range and hit 29 of its 51 shots from the field, 56.9 percent.

Michigan's shooting was a "perfect storm" that reminded Illinois coach John Groce of LeBron James' 61-point game on Monday night.

"He said he felt like he was throwing a golf ball in an ocean," Groce said. "That's what it was like tonight."

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