And while one game isn’t a true barometer of the rest of the season, No. 25 Michigan had to like what it saw during its 70-61 win over Illinois on Sunday.
Michigan had balance -- four players were in double-figures for the first time since Jan. 24 against Purdue. Plus, the Wolverines drove the ball more -- the 16 3-point attempts were the fewest since the Wolverines took only 14 against the Boilermakers.
And they got to the free-throw line 22 times -- the most since 23 trips to the line against Minnesota on Jan. 1.
It was a more complete performance for Michigan than it had in a while. But there were multiple factors for it.