Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Michigan at Illinois Breakdown & Prediction

No. 12 Michigan at Illinois
Time: 7PM ET
Venue: State Farm Center
Records:  Michigan 21-7, 13-3 Big Ten; Illinois 17-12, 6-10
Michigan stat leaders: Points – Nik Stauskas (17.1 ppg); Rebounds – Jordan Morgan/Caris LeVert (4.5 rpg); Assists – Stauskas (3.5 apg); Steals – Caris LeVert (1.2 spg).
Illinois stat leaders: Points – Rayvonte Rice (15.8 ppg); Rebounds – Rice/Nnanna Egwu (6.0 rpg); Assists – Tracy Abrams (3.2 apg); Steals – Rice (1.6 spg).
Current Streaks: Michigan W3, Illinois W3
Point Spread: Michigan -3
Prediction: Both teams come in riding three-game winning streaks, but Illinois has more to play for tonight. With Michigan claiming a share of the Big Ten title last weekend, the Wolverines could come out a little flat. Not to mention, Michigan isn’t actually known for starting out fast anyway. Illinois could really use wins over Michigan and Iowa this week to boost any NCAA Tournament chances, and the win over MSU should give them reason to think they can do it. They haven’t given up 50 points to an opponent in four straight games and look to be playing the best they have all season right now. I see Michigan with a letdown performance tonight and Illinois getting a fourth straight victory. Illinois 62, Michigan 56

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