Derrick Walton Jr. put up a double-double today, first of the season and sixth of his career, with 13 points and a season-high 11 rebounds.
U-M's defensive force awakens in 66-57 win over Illinois on Star Wars day at Crisler Center.
This was the second meeting between the Wolverines and the Illini this season. The Wolverines came out fighting today to avenge a tough loss against the Illini just 10 days ago. Overall, Michigan has won 11 of the last 13 games over Illinois and John Beilein is 13-7 all-time against the Illini.
The Wolverine defense was on fire today forcing 17 turnovers resulting in 22 points. Illinois' 57 points is the second lowest so far this season.
U-M's average scoring margin in Big Ten games is 6.5 points, which they exceeded today, out-scoring Illinois by 9. Michigan's biggest lead of the game was 21 points with just under six minutes left in the game.
U-M's offensive rebounds were key in the 66-57 win over Illinois scoring 14 points as a result.
DJ Wilson had 19 points today and a combined 38 points against Illinois this season, both were team-highs.
The Maize and Blue will stay in Ann Arbor next week facing Indiana on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. Tickets