Rapid Reaction: No. 25 Michigan 70, Illinois 61 

February, 12, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Some quick thoughts after No. 25 Michigan's 70-61 win over Illinois -- the Wolverines' 15th straight win at home.

How the game was won: By Michigan getting a little bit of help from everyone. The Wolverines had their usual complement of seven scorers in the stat sheet, but more than other games this one felt like it had a little bit of every rotation player helping out in some ways. Sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. regained his shooting stroke in the first half, freshman guard Trey Burke continued his strong play, and role players such as Evan Smotrycz and Matt Vogrich had bigger-than-anticipated performances.

Player of the game: Smotrycz. He didn't have much of an impact in the second half, but Smotrycz, who had been struggling for much of the Big Ten season, had his best half in a while in the first half. He scored 12 of his 13 points in the first half and played with more confidence than he has had in a while. It was only the third time in Big Ten play Smotrycz has scored in double figures.

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