The Michigan Wolverines (11-5) head to Champaign to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini (11-5)
Michigan’s 1,538 program wins ranks 54th all-time, and their 22 tournament appearances ranks 38th.
Illinois’ 1,753 program wins ranks 14th all-time, and their 30 Tournament appearances Ranks 15th All-Time
When the Wolverines make the tournament, they tend to do some damage. Michigan has 52 tournament wins which ranks 14th overall, and Michigan won the 1989 NCAA Tournament.
Illinois has 40 tournament wins which is 22nd all-time.
Since 1950 these two have met 120 times, and the series is nearly deadlocked with Illinois holding a two game advantage 61-59.
Michigan closed the gap in the series the last time they met with a 78-68 win.
On paper these two look evenly matched with the Illini scoring more points, but giving up more points than Michigan, and Illinois will look to exploit their rebounding edge.
One player to watch for the Wolverines is Guard Zak Irvin. He leads Michigan in minutes played, scoring, assists, and he’s second on the team in rebounds.
For Illinois it’s guard Malcolm Hill who had a big game in a loss to Indiana with 21 points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal.