Michigan vs. Illinois Prediction: Will the Wolverines Drop to .500?

Michigan vs. Illinois prediction and pick for Friday's showdown in the Big Ten. Can the Wolverines prevent dropping to .500? Hanciapper Jason Radowitz takes a look before giving us his pick
Jason Radowitz |
Fri, January 14, 9:14 AM EST | 8 min read
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Michigan vs Illinois Prediction: Will the Wolverines Drop to .500?

The Michigan Wolverines will travel to Illinois to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. With heavy expectations to start the season, Michigan is now in danger of dropping to 7-7 on the season. Meanwhile, Illinois has won five straight games and will get an opportunity to stay in the AP Top 25 with a win over Michigan. Is Michigan capable of getting back on track this season? Here are our picks and predictions for the Big Ten matchup between the Michigan Wolverines and Illinois Fighting Illini.

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Michigan vs. Illinois Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Friday, January 14, 2022

Game Time: 9:00 p.m. ET

Where To Watch: FS1

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Michigan vs. Illinois Injury Report

Michigan

No Injuries to Report

Illinois

Out: G Austin Hutcherson (Hernia), G Andre Curbelo (Neck)

Michigan vs. Illinois Betting Line Movement

Michigan vs. Illinois Prediction

The Michigan Wolverines are fully healthy barring any late news tonight. At 7-6, the Wolverines have not been great but things can turn around in a hurry. That's the great thing about playing in the Big Ten. Every game is hard and every game matters. Michigan is still in the top 50 in offensive and defensive efficiency via KenPom. The Wolverines are shooting an effective field goal percentage of 52.9 percent while only turning the ball over 18.3 percent of the time. Michigan has hit 34 percent of threes and 53.8 percent of shits inside the arc on the year. However, Illinois has held opponents to 42.5 percent from inside the arc and will make it hard for Michigan to score at a high rate in this game. Illinois won't force a bunch of turnovers but the Fighting Illini will dominate the glass and have done a solid job with keeping teams off the foul line. Michigan, even if they get to the line, is hitting just 68 percent from the foul line this season. On the other hand, Illinois will turn the ball more often than Michigan, but the Fighting Illini are able to grab a nation-leading 41.3 percent offensive rebounds. The turnovers are bad, but the second chances on offense help the box score forget about the turnovers a little easier. Illinois is hitting 38.7 percent from deep and 53.1 percent from inside the arc. The Wolverines are capable of getting stops around the perimeter, as they've held teams to 29 percent on the season from long range. Illinois will end up with more three-point attempts in this game and continue to be the offense with better ball movement. You will never see a Wolverines player on the floor with two fouls in the first half. And it could get physical down low between Illinois' Kofi Cockburn and Michigan's Hunter Dickinson. But all in all, Illinois is getting 9.5 points in a game where Michigan is healthy. The Wolverines have the talent to compete with anyone and although the Wolverines likely won't win this game, I've got them covering.

Michigan Wolverines vs Illinois Fighting Illini Pick

  • PICK: Michigan +9.5 (-110)

Jason Radowitz
@Jason_Radowitz

Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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