NCAA roundup: Illini crushed by Michigan on Senior Night

NCAA roundup: Illini crushed by Michigan on Senior Night
March 4, 2014, 11:45 pm
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Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN -- Michigan came to Illinois with a shot at sewing up its first outright Big Ten 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.

Michigan (22-7, 14-3 Big Ten) buried Illinois with 16 3-pointers on the way to an 84-53 blowout Tuesday night.

Nik Stauskas scored 24 points, hitting a career-best seven 3 pointers. He said Michigan didn't want to share the championship with anybody, something it did in 2012.

"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 performance 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 3-point range and hit 29 of its 51 shots from the field, 56.9 percent.

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Valparaiso tops Illinois-Chicago

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Alec Peters scored 29 points and No. 4 seed Valparaiso topped ninth-seeded Illinois-Chicago 73-63 Tuesday in the first round of the Horizon League tournament.

Peters scored eight points during an 18-5 run as Valparaiso (18-14) opened a 31-18 lead, en route to a 39-28 halftime advantage.

Illinois-Chicago (6-25) cut the deficit to 59-56 with 6:29 remaining. But the Crusaders scored the next four points as Peters made a free throw before LaVonte Dority added three free throws less than a minute later for a 63-56 lead.

Valparaiso made 8 of 10 free throws in the final minute to preserve the win. Dority joined Peters in double figures with 12 points.

Marc Brown led Illinois-Chicago with 16 points. Jordan Harks added 14 points and nine rebounds while Kelsey Barlow had 11 points and nine rebounds.

Valparaiso will play fifth-seeded Milwaukee in a quarterfinal matchup Friday.

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Western Michigan beats Northern Illinois

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Shayne Whittington scored 21 points Tuesday and David Brown added 18 as Western Michigan downed Northern Illinois 61-56.

Western Michigan (20-9, 13-4 Mid-Atlantic Coast States) has already clinched at least a double-bye to the MAC tournament quarterfinals, and can still take No. 1 seed with two wins and a Buffalo loss this week.

Northern Illinois (13-6, 7-10) led 25-24 at halftime after Aaric Armstead's layup.

The Huskies pulled ahead 35-30 in the second on Jordan Threloff's two-point tip shot, but the Broncos took a 49-48 lead on a free throw by Brown. Armstead's three free throws tied it at 55, but Connar Tava's layup put the Broncos up 57-55, then Austin Richie and Whittington each made a pair of free throws to clinch the win.

Armstead finished with 15 and Threloff 13 with 13 boards.

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