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Michigan basketball blown out by Illinois

The Wolverines fall to 1-3 in conference play and have some major questions to answer.

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Illinois Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Well, that could have gone better.

Michigan basketball (11-6, 1-3 B1G) went on the road to Illinois (12-5, 2-2 B1G) and were run off the floor by a score of 85-69.

It was a close game throughout much of the first half, but the Illini closed out the session with a 17-2 run to put themselves up 49-36 at the break.

Illinois simply was on fire offensively. They hit 34 of their 53 shot attempts, including nine three-pointers. Michigan had no answer on defense.

Five different Illinois players finished in double figures. Maverick Morgan and Malcolm Hill finished with 16 and 15 points, respectively. D.J. Wilson led Michigan with 19 points of his own.

A Derrick Walton technical foul was the beginning of the end for the Wolverines on Wednesday night. After spiking the basketball after a foul was called on him, the game spiraled out of control with it tied at 34-34.

The loss dropped Michigan to 0-4 in true road games this season and raised even more questions about the direction of the program.

The Wolverines next take on Nebraska on Saturday afternoon.