ANN ARBOR (WCIA) — Illinois upset No.2 Michigan for their highest ranked road win in program history, beating Michigan 76-53. It’s the first time they beat a Top-2 opponent on the road, and they did it without their best player.
Ayo Dosunmu was sidelined for the third straight game due to concussion protocol, but the Illini proved for the third straight game, they didn’t need him. Trent Frazier shined scoring a game high 22, as Illinois led by as many as 28 at one point in a truly historic win.
“Being on this stage right here is incredible,” says Frazier. “I can’t tell you the feeling I’m feeling right now. It’s special. We’re not done. We’re going to continue to come in everyday and finish out the season strong and prepare for the next step.”
“I would be challenged to find a better win in college basketball, a road win,” says head coach Brad Underwood. “Beating a team that’s No. 2 in the country and to do it without college basketball’s best player is a pretty big statement.
Frazier, Andre Curbelo and Kofi Cockburn showed up in a big way in an impressive defensive performance. Hunter Dickinson is the lock to win big ten freshman of the year, and had just six points. Franz Wagner, a future NBA lottery pick, just two points. Meanwhile, Isaiah Livers only had seven, as the Wolverines shot 34% from the field, and 28% percent from three.
Illinois will play another Top-10 matchup this week, facing No.7 Ohio State in the regular season finale on Saturday.