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After ending a 28-year drought between outright regular-season titles with a win at Illinois last week, Michigan came into this weekend with the No. 1 tourney seed for the first time in school history and with a full head of steam - six straight wins.

But it almost happened again.

Michigan scored just six points in the final 7½ minutes and then wound up getting bailed out by Morgan when Big Ten player of the year changed the play coach John Beilein called in the huddle.

“I was looking to be aggressive and raised up to shoot and man, the guy guarding me was still chasing me and the big was chasing me too and J-Mo rolled down the lane and he was wide open,” Stauskas said. “I hit him with the ball and he laid it in.”

The Wolverines’ usual trio led the way. Stauskas had 19 points despite going 4 of 12 from the field and 2 of 10 on 3-pointers against Illinois’ zone defense, Glenn Robinson III had 15 points and seven rebounds and Caris LeVert finished with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Morgan, however, made the only two shots he took - none bigger than the layup he never expected that sent Michigan into Saturday’s semifinals against No. 24 Ohio State, the defending champs. The fifth-seeded Buckeyes defeated fourth-seeded Nebraska 71-67.

“As far as catching it, I just put it on the rim and got a nice roll,” he said.

Illinois’ zone defense changed game.

Following a media timeout with 11:26 left, Stauskas made two free throws to give the Wolverines a 55-44 lead. The Illini answered with 10 straight points and finally took the lead on Rice’s driving layup with 4:53 left.

Michigan tied the score at 61 with 3:10 to go, but all the Wolverines could muster the rest of the way was one free throw from Stauskas until the surprised Morgan got the right roll.

“Well, we’re thrilled to get that win because as you can see, as Illinois has shown in their last six games, how well the program has played after a tough January,” Beilein said. “They proved how good they were, and, fortunately, we got some good bounces around the basket to finish the game.”