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Michigan 64, Illinois 63

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INDIANAPOLIS — Forward Jordan Morgan banked home a game-winning shot with 8.9 seconds left to lift top-seed Michigan to a 64-63 come-from-behind victory over Illinois in a Big Ten tournament quarterfinal on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

A driving Morgan took a feed from guard Nik Stauskas and pushed the ball off the glass for the go-ahead points.

Illinois’ bid for a game-winning shot failed as guard Tracy Abrams’ one-handed jumper fell short with one second showing.

The Wolverines (24-7) earned a semifinal date with either Nebraska or Ohio State, contenders in Friday’s second quarterfinal clash.

Stauskas scored a game-high 19 points, forward Glenn Robinson III had 15 and guard Caris LeVert added 13 for Michigan.

Guards Rayvonte Rice and Tracy Abrams scored 11 points while guard Kendrick Nunn added 11 for Illinois (19-14), which dropped an 84-53 decision 10 days ago in Champaign to the regular-season Big Ten champs.

LeVert’s 3-pointer broke a 33-33 tie with 1:41 left in the first half and added a dunk with 46 seconds showing as the Wolverines went on to a 38-33 halftime lead.

The Wolverines opened the second half with an 11-3 run for a 49-36 lead. But an Illinois rally got the game back into single digits at 49-40 on an Abrams’ layup at the 15:20 mark.

The Illini trimmed the deficit to 55-54 on Abrams’ 3-pointer with 8 minutes showing. Twenty-eight seconds later Robinson replied with a baseline 3-pointer to make it 58-54, the last Michigan points for the next 4:21.

Illinois took its first lead since the opening half at 59-58 on Rice’s running jumper with 4:57 to play and extended it to 61-58.

Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. tied the game with a 3-pointer with 3:09 on the clock but Rice replied with a two-point jumper to give Illinois a 63-61 edge.

Stauskas’ free throw with 55 seconds left made it a one-point game and set the stage for a final scramble and Morgan’s game-winner.

Michigan, which played in the 2012-13 NCAA title game, seeks its fourth straight NCAA appearance and fifth since 2009. Illinois still eyes a back-to-back trip to the national tournament and its third since 2011.

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NOTES: Ninth-seed Illinois lost 10 of 11 games from Jan. 4 to Feb. 15, but revived late in the season with a five wins in its last six games, including a 64-54 Big Ten tournament win on Thursday over Indiana. … F/C Nnanna Egwu set a school Big Ten tournament record with five blocked shots while G Tracy Abrams scored a season-high 25 points against the Hoosiers. … Illinois has made the Big Ten championship game six times but a No. 9 seed has reached the title game just once. … Michigan entered quarterfinal play with the No. 1 seed for the first time and last reached the semifinals in 2012 when it fell 77-55 to Ohio State. … The Buckeyes have been the main nemesis in recent seasons, knocking the Wolverines out of the tournament yearly in 2010-12. … Michigan went 15-3 and won its regular season Big Ten title was its first in 28 years. … Michigan G Nik Stauskas shared player of the week honors after averaging 22.5 points in two wins. He was also a unanimous all-Big Ten first team selection as well as conference player of the year honors from coaches and the media. … Michigan coach John Beilein was selected top Big Ten coach by the media.