With four games left in the 2021-22 regular season, Michigan hosts No. 15 Illinois in a Sunday afternoon CBS battle at Crisler Center.
The game is the second meeting of the regular season between the two programs. Illinois won the first battle in mid-January by a score of 68-52 at the State Farm Center.
Sunday’s game will represent the second game of a four-game home stand for Wolverines.
» Eli Brooks has played in six consecutive double-digit scoring games and ranks second on UM with 12.4 points per game.
Sunday February 27 — vs. No. 15 Illinois (Crisler Center), 2 p.m.
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Continuing a four-game home stand at Crisler Center, the University of Michigan men’s basketball team will host No. 15 Illinois on Sunday (February 27). Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the game airing on CBS with Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Bill Raftery (analyst) on the call.
The scene maker
• Sunday’s game marks the second meeting between Michigan and Illinois this season. The Maize and Blue lost the first meeting on January 14 at the State Farm Center, 68-53, in a match played without Hunter Dickinson and Brandon Johns Jr. due to the consequences of COVID-19.
• Michigan are in the middle of a four-game home game, which started with a 71-62 win over Rutgers (February 23). He continues with No. 15 Illinois (February 27), Michigan State (March 1) and No. 25 Iowa (March 3). All are Quad 1 opponents.
• Associate Head Coach Phil Martelli continues to be Wolverines’ head coach, while Juwan Howard continues its suspension.
• Hunter Dickinsonwho missed Illinois’ last game due to the aftermath of COVID-19, continues to lead UM with 18.0 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game.
• Dickinson remains perfect in February from the free-throw line, going 27-for-27. He is 81.8% (63-for-77) of the season’s charity strip.
• After draining five three-point shots against Rutgers (February 23), Caleb Houstan reclaimed the team lead with 47. Those five hat-tricks against the Scarlet Knights helped him reach a career-high 21 points, and when the rookie scores in double digits, UM is 10-3.
• Experience DeVante’ Jones played a big role for Wolverines down the stretch. Over his last six games, he’s averaged 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game.
• Eli Brooks has played in six consecutive double-digit scoring games and ranks second on UM with 12.4 points per game.
Switch to one of the strongest schedules
• UM plays one of the strongest programs in the country: NCAA Net (7th); KenPom (5th); Sagarine (2nd); and ESPN BPI (6th).
• Wolverines have played 14 away games, going 6-8 in that span. Adding a preseason scrimmage at DePaul and exposure at Wayne State, UM has had 16 total road trips this season.
• Michigan is 9-3 at home this season and hasn’t played more than two straight games at Crisler.
• In UM’s last four games, all four are home and away games, three are against Quad 1 opponents and three are ranked in the top 25 in the nation – No. 15 Illinois (14), Michigan State ( 36), No. 25 Iowa (19) and No. 22 Ohio State (17).
The No. 15 Illinois Fighting Illini
• No. 15 Illinois (19-8, 12-5 B1G) arrives in Ann Arbor having lost three of its last five games, while still chasing the Big Ten regular season title.
• The Illini are one game behind No. 4 Purdue and No. 13 Wisconsin, both of which are 13-4 in the Big Ten. Illinois closes out the regular season with a game at UM (February 27) before returning home for matchups with Penn State (March 3) and No. 25 Iowa (March 6).
• Two of Illini’s three Big Ten losses have come on the road at No. 3 Purdue (L, 84-68; Feb. 8) and Rutgers (L, 70-59; Feb. 16), the third against the #3. 22 Ohio State (L, 86-83; Feb. 24) at home.
• Illinois is averaging 76.3 points and 39.3 rebounds (top in the Big Ten and 19th nationally) and shooting 45.6% from the field.
• Illinois is led by Big Ten contender and National Player of the Year Kofi Cockburn, who is averaging 21.2 points (2nd in the Big Ten, 7th nationally) and 10.8 rebounds (6th in the national level) per game. He’s scored in double figures 22 times this year, with 12 20-plus-point games and two 30-plus efforts, and has 14 double-doubles this season.
• Super senior Alfonso Plummer used his best 82 three-pointers in the Big Ten, including eight triples against Ohio State earlier this week, to average 15.1 points per game. With 18 double-digit games, he has nine 20-plus-point efforts, including a season-high 30 against Texas-Rio Grande (Nov. 26). He is 63 for 71 (88.7%) from the free throw line.
• Fellow super senior Trent Frazier is adding 12.4 points per game with 55 three-pointers, 100 assists (4.0 apg) and a team-high 34 steals (1.4 spg). Senior Jacob Grandison is averaging 10.6 points and has knocked down 53 threes on his side.
• Illinois has won 17 regular season Big Ten titles and has been invited to the NCAA Tournament 31 times. The Illini have made five appearances in the Final Four.
Earlier in Illinois
• Despite a hard effort, playing for the first time in 10 days and missing two key players, Michigan lost 68-53 to 25th-placed Illinois (January 24) at State Farm Center.
• UM played without top scorer Hunter Dickinson and Brandon Johns Jr. for medical reasons.
• After being held scoreless at Rutgers the previous game (January 4), DeVante’ Jones rebounded and led the team with 17 points, which tied his season high, along with six rebounds and three steals.
• Replacing Dickinson downstairs, Moussa Diabate had nine points and six rebounds despite foul issues. Eli Brooks had seven points, while Kobe Bufkin chipped in six on the bench.
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