Illinois vs. Michigan: Full Game Preview
|Illinois||B Paul 16.4||J Bertrand 4.5||T Abrams 3.5|
|Michigan||T Burke 18.6||M McGary 5.9||T Burke 6.9|
On Sunday, No. 7 Michigan plays host to Illinois at Crisler Arena. The game tips off at 1 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN. The Wolverines defeated the Fighting Illini 74-60 on Jan. 27 and are 5-4 against them over the past four years.
Illinois and Michigan are packed together in the conference, holding down sixth and fourth place, respectively.
In their last outing, behind 29 points and 5 assists from Trey Burke, the Wolverines defeated Penn State 79-71 on Feb. 17. With 18.6 points per game, 6.9 assists per game, and 1.5 steals per game, he leads the team in all three categories. For the Fighting Illini, D.J. Richardson finished with 18 points in the 64-59 win over Penn State on Feb. 21. He is averaging 12.9 points per game and leads the team in steals with 1.5 per game.
- Michigan is a better shooting team (49.3 percent vs. 42.8 percent) than Illinois this season.
- Michigan is ranked higher than Illinois in the Big Ten (No. 4 vs. No. 6).
- Michigan has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than Illinois (No. 27 vs. No. 39).
- Obviously, AP Voters agree that Michigan is superior to Illinois (Latest AP Poll: No. 7 vs. Not Ranked).
- Even computers respect Michigan more. Michigan has a better RPI this season than Illinois (RPI: No. 8 vs. No. 30).
- Michigan has come back to win after being down at half against Illinois five times since 1999.
- Boom! Michigan crushed Illinois by 14 points the last time they played (Jan 27, 2013).
- Tim Hardaway Jr is ranked 7th in the Big Ten in points.
- Michigan is a better three-point shooting team (40.1 percent vs. 33.1 percent) than Illinois this season.
- Michigan has a better record at home than Illinois this season (15-0 vs. 11-4).
- Michigan has an average margin of victory of 8 over Illinois in 26 wins since 1980.
|A-||Tim Hardaway Jr||34||15||5||2||1||1||2|
|B+||G. Robinson III||33||11||6||1||1||0||1|