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No. 2 Michigan beats Illinois to improve to 16-0

Michigan guard Zavier Simpson passes the ball as Illinois forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili (15) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill., Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Danzl)
Michigan guard Zavier Simpson passes the ball as Illinois forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili (15) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill., Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Danzl)

CHAMPAIGN – Zavier Simpson scored 16 points, Ignas Brazdeikis had 15 and
No. 2 Michigan beat Illinois, 79-69, on Thursday night to improve to 16-0.

Michigan (4-0 Big Ten) and Virginia are the only unbeaten teams in the country. The Wolverines jumped to a 7-0 lead and coasted past the overmatched Illinois (4-12, 0-5).

Charles Matthews added 14 points for the Wolverines, and Jon Teske had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Ayo Dosunmu scored 23 points for Illinois. Giorgi Bezhanishvili added 15, and Trent Frazier had 13.