St. Louisan Tyler Griffey led the way for 17-8 Illinois with 16 points.
The Illini trailed 41-29 at halftime and by double digits for most of the second half before closing the game on a 13-2 run over the final 3:36.
Recruiting service Rivals.com ranked Illinois’ class 46th in the country and seventh in the Big Ten. Scout.com puts the Illini’s 2013 class 40th in the country and fifth in the 12-team conference.
Kevin Wheeler breaks down the latest recruiting classes of Mizzou and Illinois with head coaches Gary Pinkel and Tim Beckman.
Illinois and first-year coach John Groce, whose team has been doomed by cold shooting since mid-December and shot 37.1 percent Sunday, could do little but marvel at the Wolverines.
Northwestern shocks Illini on home court, 68-54
Rick Pitino’s Cardinals take the top spot following losses from Duke & Michigan. Missouri drops to #17 and Illinois hangs on at #23.
Illinois now 1-3 in Big 10.
Gophers stay unbeaten in Big Ten play, 84-67.
The Illini , now 14-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten, led 37-25 at halftime and used a 13-2 run early in the second half to build a 50-27 lead.