Saturday, February 23, 2013
Illinois at Michigan Breakdown & Prediction
Time: 1PM ET
Venue: Crisler Center
Records: Illinois 20-8, 7-7 Big Ten, Michigan 22-4, 9-4
Illinois stat leaders: Points – Brandon Paul (16.4 ppg); Rebounds – Joseph Bertrand/Nnanna Egwu (4.5 rpg); Assists – Tracy Abrams (3.5 apg); Steals – D.J. Richardson (1.5 spg).
Michigan stat leaders: Points – Trey Burke (18.6 ppg); Rebounds – Mitch McGary (5.9 rpg); Assists – Burke (6.9 apg); Steals – Burke (1.5 spg).
Current Streaks: Illinois W5, Michigan W1
Point Spread: Michigan -11
Prediction: Illinois has really built off its win over Indiana, as the Illini have a nice five-game winning streak right now. The Wolverines handed Illinois a bad loss on the road, but both teams seem to be in a different place right now. Illinois is playing as well as it has all conference season, while Michigan is still recovering from a string of road losses. I do think Michigan wins this contest, but Illinois is going to be a much tougher out this time around. The Wolverines need to start sparking on defense to build some confidence for a late run at the Big Ten title. It can start on Sunday, but I don’t think it will. Michigan 69, Illinois 66.