“Fighting Illinois” Prepare for a big road trip to Ann Arbor on Tuesday for a bout on the Big Ten Hardwoods against the Wolverines of Michigan!
Illinois head coach Brad Underwood and his staff will lead fourth-placed Illinois to Ann Arbor on Tuesday to face runner-up Michigan at the Crisler Center. The “Fighting Umgebung” are currently (18-6) in the season and (14-4) in the conference. The Wolverines check into the Big Ten at (18-1) and (13-1).
Currently, Illinois has four wins and three losses to ranked opponents this season, while Michigan has won six of its seven games against ranked teams.
Illinois was led that season by US security guard Ayo Dosunmu (product of Morgan Park) and the great Kofi Cockburn. Dosunmu averaged 20.1 points, six rebounds and 5.1 assists while Cockburn averaged 17.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.
Dosunmu connected 40 percent of the 70 3-pointers he tried. He has also converted 78 percent of his free throws this season.
Michigan head coach Juwan Howard also has a “dynamic duo” in Hunter Dickinson and Isaiah Livers on his roster. Both UM outstanding averages 14.8 and 14.5 points this season. The Wolverines have won their last 12 home games, averaging 81.3 points while giving up 63.8.
In Champaign under Underwood’s guidance during this 2020-21 season, Illinois recently used assists to make buckets more frequently than the Wolverines. Michigan has backed 40 out of 88 field goals (45.5 percent) in the last three games, while Illinois has backed 40 out of 79 field goals (50.6 percent) in the last three games.
The Wolverines are perfectly solid on defense as well. Michigan has fired opposing teams 38.4 percent from the field so far this year. This is the lowest percentage among all Division I teams.
Illinois and Michigan give a tip on Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m.