Michigan vs. Illinois: Full Game Preview

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Michigan vs. Illinois: Full Game Preview
Michigan
(18-1, 3-1 away)
Illinois
(15-5, 11-3 home)
Venue: Assembly Hall (IL)
6:00PM ET / 3:00PM PT, January 27, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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.

Illinois StatSmack

  • 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.
MICH Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A+ Trey Burke 34 18 3 7 1 0 2
A- Tim Hardaway Jr 34 16 5 3 1 1 2
A- G. Robinson III 32 12 6 1 1 0 1
B+ Nik Stauskas 30 13 3 1 1 0 1
B- Mitch McGary 16 6 6 0 1 1 1
B- Jordan Morgan 21 7 5 0 1 0 1
C Caris LeVert 12 3 1 1 0 0 0
C Max Bielfeldt 6 2 2 0 0 0 0
C Spike Albrecht 8 2 1 1 0 0 0
C- Jon Horford 8 2 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Blake McLimans 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Matt Vogrich 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Eso Akunne 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Corey Person 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D J. Bartelstein 2 0 0 1 1 0 0
Illini Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Brandon Paul 32 18 5 3 1 1 3
B D.J. Richardson 33 12 4 2 2 0 1
B Tracy Abrams 27 11 4 3 2 0 3
B- Nnanna Egwu 24 6 5 1 1 1 1
B- Joseph Bertrand 23 9 5 1 1 0 1
C+ Tyler Griffey 23 7 3 1 1 1 1
C Sam McLaurin 20 4 4 1 0 1 1
C- Myke Henry 10 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Devin Langford 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Mike Shaw 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Kevin Berardini 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Mike LaTulip 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
D Ibby Djimde 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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