Illinois had an 11 point lead at the half in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinal Friday. Then Michigan stormed ahead and claimed the lead and Illinois couldn’t hang on.
Illinois started strong when facing Michigan Wednesday night. When it came to the second half, coach Bruce Weber was getting nervous. Michigan had a strong push and the Illini only barely won.
Northwestern had a slow start facing Michigan on Wednesday. The Wolverines earned a strong lead in the first half, making it too difficult for the Wildcats to comeback.