Michigan vs. Illinois: Full Game Preview
|Michigan||T Burke 17.8||G Robinson III 5.9||T Burke 7.2|
|Illinois||B Paul 18.0||B Paul 4.8||T Abrams 3.2|
No. 2 Michigan heads to Assembly Hall (IL) on Sunday to take on Illinois. The game tips off at 6:00 EST and you can catch it on Big Ten Network. The Wolverines are 4-4 against the Fighting Illini over the last four years. The last time they met (3/1/2012) they won 72-61.
Michigan is in 2nd place in the conference, Illinois is in 9th place.
In their last outing, behind 15 points and 8 assists from Trey Burke, the Wolverines blew out Purdue 68-53 on January 24th. The do-it-all performer chips in a team-leading 17.8 points per game, 7.2 assists per game, and 1.3 steals per game. For the Fighting Illini, D.J. Richardson finished with 30 points in the 71-51 blowout of Nebraska on January 22nd. He contributes 4.5 rebounds per game in addition to his 11.8 points per game.
- Trey Burke is ranked 4th in the Big Ten in points, 10th in the Big Ten in three-pointers, and 5th nationally in assists.
- Michigan has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (50% vs 65%).
- Michigan is a better three-point shooting team (40.7% vs 36.9%) than Illinois this season.
- The Michigan rebounding leader (Glenn Robinson III) has more rebounds than the Illinois rebounding leader (Brandon Paul).
- Michigan is a better shooting team (51.1% vs 44.5%) than Illinois this season.
- Obviously, AP Voters agree that Michigan is superior to Illinois (Latest AP Poll: #2 vs #11).
- Michigan has a much better Kiplinger In-State Ranking than Illinois (#22 vs #45).
- The Michigan assist leader (Trey Burke) has more assists than the Illinois assist leader (Brandon Paul).
- Keep filling up on cupcakes. Michigan has a stronger schedule than Illinois this season (SOS Rank: #30 vs #50).
- The Michigan three-point leader (Nik Stauskas) has more three-pointers than the Illinois three-point leader (Brandon Paul).
- At least you keep showing up. Michigan has an average margin of victory of 8 over Illinois in 25 wins since 1980.
|A-||Tim Hardaway Jr||34||16||5||3||1||1||2|
|A-||G. Robinson III||32||12||6||1||1||0||1|