Michigan gets 64-63 victory over Illinois


INDIANAPOLIS — The Michigan men's basketball team just got done smashing one enduring streak.

Can the Wolverines cast aside another one this weekend in Indianapolis?

A week after clinching its first outright Big Ten regular-season title since 1986, the Wolverines’ pursuit of a rare deep run in the league tournament run got off to a thrilling start today.

Jordan Morgan floated in the game-winning score with 7.9 seconds left and top-seeded Michigan held on for a 64-63 victory over No. 8-seed Illinois in the quarterfinals. The Wolverines will play the winner of Ohio State’s upcoming game against Nebraska in Saturday’s semifinals.

The Illini overcame a 13-point second-half deficit and had a chance to win at the buzzer. But Tracy Abrams missed a short open look.

Michigan, which has not won more than one game in the league tournament since winning the event in 1998, was led by 19 points from Nik Stauskas.