At a Glance: Michigan State

A closer look at Illinois' next opponent -- the No. 12 Michigan Wolverines.

Illinois (17-12, 6-10) vs. No. 12 Michigan (21-7, 13-3)
Tuesday, March 4, 6 p.m. - Champaign - State Farm Center (16,618)
ESPN - Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich

Notes (per Michigan sports info):

• The Wolverines clinched a share of the Big Ten championship with the win against Minnesota (March 1). Michigan can earn its first outright title since 1986 with one win in its final two games.

• Michigan has won or claimed a share of the Big Ten championship in two of the last three seasons. It might have been three, however, last season Jordan Morgan's last second shot rolled off the rim giving Indiana the regular season title.

• Michigan's 21 wins this season gives them four straight seasons with 20-or-more wins. It is the fifth time in John Beilein's seven seasons he has reached 20-plus wins. U-M's Steve Fisher and Bill Frieder hold the all-time coaching record with six total 20-win seasons in their respective careers.

• John Beilein has won at least 10 Big Ten games in each of the last three consecutive seasons. The last time he accomplished this was at Richmond (1998-2002) when he had five straight seasons of 10-plus conference wins.

• U-M's 13 Big Ten wins equals the most won by a John Beilein team. The Wolverines finished 13-5 in the 2011- 12 season. Prior to those two seasons, the last time Michigan had 13-or-more wins was when Steve Fisher's Wolverines finished 13-5 during the 1993-94 season.

• Michigan claimed its sixth road win at Purdue -- the most in the John Beilein era and the most since the 1992-93 Wolverines finished 7-2. U-M has finished above .500 in conference road play in two of the last three seasons. U-M's all-time record is eight road wins during the 1984-85 season.

Probable starters:
Nik Stauskas: - 17.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg
Caris LeVert: G, 6-6, 185, So. - 13.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Glenn Robinson III: F, 6-6, 220, So. - 13.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg
Derrick Walton Jr.: G, 6-1, 185, Fr. - 8.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg
Jordan Morgan: F, 6-8, 250, Sr. - 5.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg

Off the bench:
Jon Horford: F, 6-10, 250, RJr. - 4.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg
Spike Albrecht: G, 5-11, 175, So. - 3.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg
Zak Irvin: G, 6-6, 200, Fr. - 7.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg

Series history:
Series Record: Illinois leads 85-76
Series Streak: Michigan W-5
Record at Champaign: Illinois leads 54-25
Series Streak at Champaign: Michigan W-2
Last Year's Meetings: #2/3 MICH 74, ILL 60 (1/27/13 at Champaign)
#7/7 MICH 71, ILL 58 (2/24/13 at Ann Arbor)
Groce vs. Michigan at Illinois: 0-2
Groce vs. Michigan All-Time: 1-2

Notable quotable:

Michigan Coach John Beilein: "In this league, it (the regular-season championship) is valued so much more than others. So it is a high priority for us to just go in and beat Illinois, and let the other stuff take care of itself. That's the only focus we can have right now. If we can do that, that will be a great accomplishment."

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