>> Big Ten Tournament - Illinois Falls 64-63 to Michigan - Recap
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Nik Stauskas scored 19 points leading Michigan to a 64-63 victory over Illinois at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday.
Michigan did not, however, defeat Illinois against the spread, which closed at 7.5 at most sportsbooks.
Michigan got 15 points from Glenn Robinson III and another 13 points from Caris LeVert. Caris LeVert contributed 4 assists, while Glenn Robinson III cleaned the glass with 7 rebounds.
Illinois got 11 points from Tracy Abrams in a losing cause and another 11 points from Rayvonte Rice. Tracy Abrams contributed 5 assists for them, while Nnanna Egwu had 9 rebounds.
First-half bettors who backed Michigan were victorious, as the score was 38-33 at the break.
The rebound battle favored Illinois as they grabbed 33 boards, while Michigan only had 26.