Michigan basketball draws comparisons to Michigan football after ugly loss to Illinois

Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press
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ESPN's Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas were all of us Tuesday night as Michigan basketball suffered through a home blowout vs. Illinois.

The Wolverines entered the game on a seven-game winning streak and only one loss in 19 games. The Illini entered the game missing their best player, Ayo Dosunmu, who was injured in the team's sixth loss of the season, last week vs. Michigan State.

Illinois left Ann Arbor with a 76-53 win; the first time Illinois beat a top-two team on the road. Tuesday's win was the Illini's third in a row vs. the Wolverines, and one of U-M's worst home losses in the past 25 years.

"This is kind of stunning, Jay, don't you think?" Shulman said midway through the second half as Illinois, playing without its best player, went up 55-34 vs. Michigan.

"And to do it in this fashion," Bilas replied. "It's been a beatdown."

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There's not much shame in losing to the fourth-ranked team in the nation, which also may be headed for No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, but Michigan fans were ashamed nonetheless.

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Good thinking.

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I'm old enough to remember when this was a compliment.

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The bigger picture:

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan basketball fans embarrassed after awful loss to Illinois