CBB Preview: #4 vs #2: Illinois at Michigan



Illinois at Michigan. The Big 10 has been one of the most exciting conferences in college hoops. We have another thriller tonight. 

The #2 Michigan Wolverines have been one of the hottest teams in college basketball. The #4 Illinois Fighting Illini are coming off two big wins in a row. This will be exciting.  

Michigan Wolverines 

Michigan has had an incredible season and is currently sitting at 18-1. With Baylor’s loss over the weekend, the Wolverines jumped into the number two spot in the nation. Michigan sat out for two weeks due to COVID protocols but came back even better. The Wolverines have ranked wins over Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Iowa within their past five games. Michigan comes in being led by freshman Hunter Dickinson this season. Dickinson is averaging 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Along with playing good on the offensive side, Dickinson is a force on defense. On the outside, Michigan has some sharpshooters in Isaiah Livers and Franz Wagner. The Wolverines are playing their best basketball of the season and are very difficult to beat.  

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Illinois Fighting Illini 

Illinois has had one of the most surprising seasons out of all Big 10 teams this season. The Fighting Illini come in on a two-game winning streak including a close win over Wisconsin. They will need a big game from their star guard though. Ayo Dosunmu has been great all season. Ayo is averaging 21 points per game but is questionable coming into tonight’s game due to a face injury. With Michigan’s force in the paint, Illinois will also need a big game out of Kofi Cockburn. Cockburn is averaging 17.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Cockburn is very difficult to match up within the paint so we should see a show with him against Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson. 

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These two squads are at the top of the Big 10 standings this season. With their first matchup being canceled by Covid, we should have a show tonight. Do not miss Illinois at Michigan.

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