Jordan Morgan rolled from the top of the key off of a pick he set for the Big Ten Player of the Year Nik Stauskas and put up what looked like was going to be the last shot of his career in Big Ten play.
The rim thought otherwise, as Morgan got a friendly roll to put Michigan up 64-63 in Indianapolis Friday afternoon. In a microcosm of their Illinois Fighting Illini's season, Tracy Abrams left a floater just short at the horn that would've given Illini the upset of the top seeded Michigan Wolverines.
Stauskas led all scorers with 19. He was aided by Glenn Robinson III and Caris LeVert with 15 and 13 respectively.
As for the Illini, Arbams and Rayvonte Rice each scored 11 in the loss. Rice added seven rebounds. Nnanna Egwu also had seven points and nine rebounds.
Michigan took a five point lead into halftime and after a Caris Levert steal and flush at the other end led by as much as 13.
And then there was the zone.
Syracuse's Illinois' zone gave Michigan a lot of problems as they chipped away at the 13 point lead and eventually took the lead with 4:53 remaining off of a Rice layup. The Wolverines scored just 6 points in the last 7:30 of the quarterfinal matchup.
As for the Michigan, they will take on the winner of Ohio State and Nebraska in the semifinals Sunday. The game is scheduled for 1:40. Michigan is a combined 3-0 against Ohio State and Nebraska this year.
Illinois is probably in solid position for a NIT bid, yet the Illini can't host any games at home due to renovations at the State Farm Center.