Michigan basketball finds its heart against Illinois, but not enough shots in 68-53 loss

On paper, Juwan Howard's team had no business winning. With Hunter Dickinson and Brandon 

JOHNS JR. BOTH RULED OUT LESS THAN AN HOUR BEFORE TIPOFF AT STATE FARM CENTER. THE WOLVERINES COULDN'T FIELD 

ENOUGH PLAYERS FOR FIVE-ON-FIVE DRILLS DUE TO COVID-19 POSTPONING THEIR PREVIOUS TWO GAMES.

But here was Michigan, emboldened by its predicament, battling one of the league's best teams. 

THE WOLVERINES WERE DOWN A POINT WHEN DEVANTE' JONES SLICED TOWARD THE RIM AFTER AN ILLINOIS TURNOVER.

Jones' layup, however, spun in and out before slipping off the 

RIM. THAT LED TO AN ILLINI TWO-HANDED SLAM 

THAT ENERGISED THE CROWD, RECLAIMED MOMENTUM, 

AND KNEECAPPED THE UNDERMANNED WOLVERINES.