February 24, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Jon Horford (15) controls the ball as Illinois Fighting Illini forward Sam McLaurin (0) defends in the first half at the Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Wolverines Beat Illinois To Stay in Big Ten Title Hunt

The University of Michigan Wolverines took care of business at home today, beating the Illinois Fighting Illini 71-58. The Wolverines dominated the second half behind great performances by Trey Burke (26 pts) and Tim Hardway Jr (13 pts). The win moves Michigan into a tie for third place in the Big Ten. At 10-4, Michigan stays two games behind Indiana and a single game behind Michigan State. They have one game remaining against each at home, giving them a great chance at a Big Ten Conference title if they continue to win.

Michigan is currently ranked number 7 nationally and should move up after Sunday’s win against The University Illinois. They have been dominate at home posting a 16-0 record.  Their home dominance will be key in this Big Ten race considering Michigan State and Indiana both have to travel to Ann Arbor before the end of the season. Both the Spartans and the Hoosiers have wins against Michigan at home this year. If they even the score against their conference rivals it could win them a big ten title and line them for a number one seed in the NCAA tournament. As big as those games are, the Michigan Wolverines have to avoid looking ahead with two road games still remaining on their schedule.

The next game for the Michigan Wolverines is against the Penn State Nittany Lions February 27th on the road. Although Penn State is 0-14 in Big Ten Conference play, the Maize and Blue must be careful not to get caught looking ahead and get beat by a clearly inferior team. Although they have control of their own destiny they must run the table if they hope to capture the top spot in the Big Ten Conference. You can bet coach John Beilein will have his team ready for the challenge.

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