Michigan Vs. Illinois: Illini Fall On Senior Night, 71-62

Illinois couldn't keep up with Michigan on Thursday night.

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Michigan Vs. Illinois Final Score: Wolverines Prevail, 71-62

The Fighting Illini were hoping to deliver a resume-building win over Michigan on Thursday night, but that wasn't in the cards for them, and it's starting to look like nothing short of a Big Ten tournament championship will get them into the 2012 NCAA tournament.

After trailing by eight points to the Wolverines at halftime, the Illini rallied early in the second half to pull within one point. But they were never able to wrest control of the game from the Wolverines, who went on to win, 71-62.

Related: Michigan Vs. Illinois Preview: Illini On The Bubble Heading Into Senior Night

Illinois shot just 38.5% from the field and Michigan did a nice job of cleaning up those missed shots and preventing the Illini from perhaps altering the course of the game with second-chance points.

Meyers Leonard had a nice second half for Illinois and finished with a team-high 18 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 25 points for Michigan.

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Michigan Vs. Illinois Halftime Score: Illini Trail 35-27

It's senior night in Illinois, and it's also a crucial night for the Illini's NCAA tournament hopes, slight though they may be at this point. But Michigan played a solid first half and took a 35-27 lead into halftime, so Illinois is going to need a clutch second-half rally to pick up a resume-building win on Thursday night.

Related: Michigan Vs. Illinois Preview: Illini On The Bubble Heading Into Senior Night

Brandon Paul leads the Illini with 10 points on 4-9 shooting. Illinois shot just 36.7% as a team. Michigan, on the other hand, hit 52% of its shots in the half, including a 5-9 effort from beyond the arc.

For more on this game stay with SB Nation Chicago. For more on the Illini check out Hail to the Orange and for more on the Wolverines head over to Maize n Brew. For more news and notes around the country, stick with SB Nation's college basketball news hub.

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Michigan Vs. Illinois Preview: Illini On The Bubble Heading Into Senior Night

The Illinois Fighting Illini (17-12, 6-10 Big Ten) can keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive with a win over the No. 13 Michigan Wolverines (21-8, 11-5 Big Ten) on Thursday.

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