Michigan is scheduled to travel to Illinois on Thursday night with the aim of boosting their chances of making it to the NCAA Tournament. Currently, on the tournament bubble, the Wolverines have won six of their last eight games. Despite losing to Ohio State on Sunday, Illinois is still expected to make it to the tournament.
Michigan had a tough time from the end of November to the end of January, losing nine out of 15 games and dropping out of the NCAA Tournament picture. However, they managed to win three consecutive games, including victories over Michigan State, Rutgers, and Wisconsin, and have now returned to the bubble. The team is ranked ninth nationally in turnover rate but struggles with 2-point and 3-point shooting and offensive rebounding. Although Juwan Howard, the head coach, has failed to beat Illinois in any of the five matchups between the teams over the last four years, Michigan’s junior center Hunter Dickinson leads the team in scoring and rebounding, while Jett Howard is questionable for the game due to an ankle injury.
Illinois is looking to recover from a poor performance against Ohio State and faces a challenging game against Purdue to conclude the regular season. They are projected to be a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Terrence Shannon Jr. is the team’s leading scorer, and Matthew Mayer and Jayden Epps also contribute to the offense. However, Epps will be absent from the game due to an injury. Illinois has struggled with 3-point shooting and turnovers this season but has been efficient from inside the arc. They will face a Michigan defense ranked in the top 68 in field goal percentage and adjusted efficiency.
We will undoubtedly see an excellent and hard-fought game between two of the best teams in the Big Ten Conference, however, the oddsmakers already have the Michigan Wolverines as favorites, we will see if the Illinois Fighting Illini can pull off the upset with 2 games left in the NCAAB regular season.
Michigan Wolverines vs Illinois Fighting Illini Game Information
- Date: 03/02/2023
- Time: 07:00 PM ET
- Location: State Farm Center.
- How to Watch Michigan vs Illinois: CBS Sports
- Live Stream: CBS.com
Michigan vs Illinois Betting Lines
Illinois is –210 according to our Vegas NCAAB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $47.62. On the other side, Michigan is +175 according to the Vegas NCAAB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $175.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines has Illinois at a 67.74% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Michigan has 36.36% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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