CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Michigan came to Illinois with a shot at sewing up its first outright Big Ten Conference men’s regular-season title since 1986.
One potential obstacle stood in the way: The Illini were riding a hot streak and had held four straight opponents under 50 points.
It turns out Illinois wasn’t much of a problem.
No. 12 Michigan buried Illinois with 16 three-point baskets on the way to an 84-53 blowout Tuesday night.
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Nik Stauskas scored 24 points, making a career-best seven three pointers. He said Michigan (22-7 overall, 14-3 Big Ten) didn’t want to share the championship with anybody, something it did with Michigan State and Ohio State two years ago.
“We came with that mindset, this was our championship and we wanted to win it,” he said.
Dialed in or not, Michigan coach John Beilein said he didn’t see that kind of shooting night coming against the Illini (17-13, 6-11).
“I haven’t seen that in practice, even,” Beilein said. “We were really good today.”
Michigan shot 70 percent from three-point range and made 29 of its 51 shots from the field, 56.9 percent.
Oregon men win
EUGENE, Ore. – Mike Moser scored 22 points and pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds to lead Oregon to an 85-78 victory over Arizona State in a Pac-12 game.
Jason Calliste added 16 points for the Ducks (21-8, 9-8 Pac-12).
Guard Jahii Carson scored 28 points for Arizona State (21-9, 10-7).
Top 10 men’s games
No. 1 Florida 72, at South Carolina 46
Michael Frazier II set a Florida record with 11 three-pointers on his way to a career-high 37 points, leading the Gators (28-2, 17-0 Southeastern) past the Gamecocks (11-19, 4-13). Florida has won a school-record 22 straight games.
Georgia Tech 67, at No. 7 Syracuse 62
Trae Golden scored 16 points, including six clutch free throws in the final seconds, and the Yellow Jackets (14-16, 5-12 Atlantic Coast), who were 16-point underdogs, stunned the Orange (26-4, 13-4).
C.J. Fair scored 28 points for Syracuse, which has lost four of its last five.