CHAMPAIGN — When the Associated Press Top 25 poll comes out on Monday, the Michigan Wolverines are expected to be the top-ranked team for the first time in 10 years.
That's because sophomore guard Trey Burke did everything but sell popcorn on Sunday afternoon at the Assembly Hall as the Wolverines rolled over the Illini 74-60.
Burke scored a game-high 19 points and dished out five assists, but his biggest contribution came on the defensive end as his three steals ignited Michigan scoring runs of 6-5, 7-2 and 11-2.
Joining Burke in double figures for Michigan (19-1 overall, 6-1 in the Big Ten) were Nik Stauskas with 14, Glen Robinson III had 12 and Tim Hardaway Jr. also contributed 12.
Once again, Illinois struggled with its offense as the Illini shot just 37.1 percent (23-of-62) and they were a dismal 1-of-11 from 3-point range in the second half.
Brandon Paul was the leading scorer for Illinois (15-6, 2-5) with 15 points, while D.J. Richardson had 12 and Tracy Abrams contributed 10, but those three guards were also just 13-of-37 from the field (35.1 percent).
For more on Sunday's game, see Tuesday's edition of the Commercial-News.