Champaign, IL (WKZO) – All season the Michigan Wolverines have been wearing warm-up shirts with the slogan “We On.” After defeating Illinois 74-60 on Sunday, come Monday afternoon the team might need to modify the shirts to say “We # One”.
With top ranked Duke losing this past week, in all likelihood the No. 2 ranked Wolverines should take over the top spot in the nation for the first time since 1993. But Michigan head coach John Beilein knows it’s just a stepping stool to the team’s ultimate goal of winning the National Championship.
“It’s great for the fans but for our team we’re just taking it one day at time,” Beilein said when asked about the potential number one ranking. “Our whole thing is let’s get better every day; we are just trying to improve. We’re going to be as good as we’re going to be at the end of the season. But no one next year is going to remember who was number 1 at the end of January.”
Trey Burke scored 19, dished out five assists, and grabbed five rebounds for the Wolverines who never trailed after the first few minutes of the game.
Michigan was without Jordan Morgan just minutes into the game, after the big man landed awkwardly on his ankle. Morgan did walk to the locker room with a limp but without the assistants of the team trainer. He returned to the bench during the 2nd half but never reentered the game. Jon Horford saw extended minutes in Morgan’s absence and filled in nicely with seven points, four rebounds in 17 minutes.
The Wolverines led 35-27 at halftime and held the Illini without a free throw attempt during the first half.
Nik Stauskas had 14 on 6 of 10 shooting, while Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr. each finished with a dozen.