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2011 Big Ten Tournament Bracket: Michigan Earns Major Bubble Boost With 60-55 Win Over Illinois

Illinois dictated the pace for most of the game, but Michigan made a late 18-4 run to earn a critical 60-55 win over the Fighting Ilini in the second quarterfinal of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Illinois led 51-42 with under eight minutes to play, but the Wolverines picked the right time to make a key move. With the win, michigan moves into the semifinals against bitter rival Ohio State tomorrow afternoon.

Darius Morris finished with 17 points for the Wolverines and Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a huge late 3-pointer to give the Wolverines a resume-boosting win. Illinois must now wait until Selection Sunday to find out its fate, while the Wolverines hit the magical 20-win plateau.

Illinois got 10 points each from Mike Tisdale, Demetri McCamey, and Brandon Paul, but could not get enough scoring in the end to stop the Michigan run. Illinois connected on just one field goal in the last eight and a half minutes.