And, most importantly, Michigan had led by as many as 15. Burke's jumper with 3:37 left in the half put the Wolverines up 35-22.
The Illini pulled to within 35-27 at half.
Now Michigan heads into Sunday with that title chance on its mind.
"We've won four out of our last five, and we need to keep it rolling," Hardaway said. "Coach always says that comes March, the teams that are playing well are the ones that will have a chance at the title, so we just need to keep it up going forward."
The Illini close the regular season at Wisconsin, hoping to get a win that with a run at the Big Ten tournament could help rebuild a crumbling postseason resume, something Leonard said they can still do.
"I don't know why everyone looks at us like we're some different team and acts like we're not capable of doing it, because we are," he said.
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