CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Four Michigan players scored in double figures as the Wolverines claimed a share of the Big Ten lead on Sunday with a 74-60 victory over Illinois at a sold-out Assembly Hall.
The No. 2 Wolverines (19-1, 6-1) moved into a tie with Indiana for first place after the Hoosiers upended league-leading Michigan State 75-70 earlier Sunday.
The Wolverines are likely to move up to the No. 1 ranking for the first time since 1992-93, the second year in which the Fab Five led the team to the national title game
Guard Trey Burke led a balanced Michigan attack with 19 points. Glen Robinson III had 14 points, while Nik Stauskas and Tim Hardaway Jr., each collected 12.
Brandon Paul was one of three players in double figures for Illinois (15-6, 2-5) which has dropped four of its last five and five of seven in the new year. Paul scored 15 points, D.J. Richardson had 12 and Tracy Abrams added 10. Center Nnanna Egwu had a game-high 10 rebounds.
Michigan's victory was its third straight since a Jan. 13 loss at Ohio State.
The Wolverines scored the game's first 11 points and held a 15-7 lead at the 11:38 mark. But 3-pointers from Paul and Abrams and an Egwu putback helped the Illini get within two points at 17-15.
But Illinois could never overtake the visitors, who had an 10-5 run in the final 3:43 behind 3-pointers Burke and Hardaway on the way to a 35-27 halftime lead.
Michigan's Burke and Illinois' Paul each had nine first-half points.
The Wolverines briefly opened a double-digit lead when Robinson's jumper gave them a 39-29 advantage. Abrams had five points as Illinois cut the margin to 41-37 with 16:33 showing.
But Michigan replied with nine straight points, including buckets by Max Bielfeldt and Burke off turnovers, for a 50-37 lead with 14:28 showing.
Illinois never got closer than seven, at 55-48 with 9:13 remaining. Michigan patiently extended the lead to as many as 18 points at 70-52.
Illinois was just 23-for-62 from the field (37.1 percent) and hit just 6-of-26 from beyond the 3-point arc. Michigan was 31-for-59 (52.5) overall and 5-for-15 on 3-pointers. Illinois outrebounded Michigan 36-35.
NOTES: Michigan's Hardaway entered Sunday's game as reigning Big Ten player of the week. He scored 21 points in a road win over Minnesota 10 days ago. This week he had 13 in the Wolverines' lone game before Sunday -- a 68-53 home win over Purdue ... The Illini retired Govoner Vaughn's No 35 in a pre-game ceremony, and raised a banner with his name to the Assembly Hall ceiling. Vaughn was Illinois' first African-American letter winner during the 1957-58 season and team MVP in 1960. He finished as the program's third all-time leading scorer with 1,001 points ... The game was the first meeting between John Groce and Michigan since Groce became Illinois' coach, but Groce is no stranger to the Wolverines as his Ohio University team beat the Wolverines 65-60 in a second round NCAA clash last year in Nashville ... Michigan sixth man Mitch McGary had notched 20-plus minutes in four of his previous six games and scored a career-high 21 points on Thursday against Purdue. He played 16 minutes on Sunday ... The Illini snapped a three-game losing streak with last Tuesday's 71-51 triumph at Nebraska ... Illinois has opened a stretch with four of its next five games against nationally-ranked foes. The Illini will be at No. 13 Michigan State on Thursday. Michigan, meanwhile, hosts Northwestern on Wednesday.