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A large a part of Illinois’ Tuesday highway win at Purdue used to be restricting the Boilermakers to a few of eight three-point capturing. It wasn’t the Boilermakers’ worst capturing efficiency percentage-wise, however for a house sport that used to be considerably fewer makes an attempt than they normally rise up.

Michigan goes to need to shoot a number of threes, too. Simply differently.

“Michigan performs with a distinct tempo,” Illinois trainer Brad Underwood mentioned. “Michigan’s a group this is electrical in transition. We have been very, very deficient within the first sport with them transition clever. They opened the sport and their pace actually harm us. (Franz) Wagner specifically were given out and were given some just right appears to be like. We’ve were given to be dialed in.”

Dialed in on shutting down Michigan at the perimeter.

“That’s a mindset we’ve got each and every sport is to ensure we problem folks at that line,” Underwood persevered. “Clearly their power is with Zavier (Simpson) and (Jon) Teske, but they encompass them with guys which can be very succesful three-point shooters.”


Some notes and observations from Ann Arbor ahead of tipoff …

— Alan Griffin did shuttle with Illinois regardless of serving the primary sport of his two-game suspension. Jacob Grandison could also be right here. Sit down-out transfers normally do not shuttle, even if Austin Hutcherson (additionally sitting out) did make one highway travel. If I recall accurately, he used to be on the Michigan State sport. Gets explanation on how that works.

— Tevian Jones used to be the primary Illinois participant at the court docket as of late (aspect notice, the Illini are dressed in their new orange alternates). Brad Underwood mentioned Jones would give you the chance for a bigger function as of late with Griffin out, however Jones additionally simplest performed 40 seconds Tuesday at Purdue after Griffin used to be ejected.

— Michigan has 3 immediately video games. The closing time the Wolverines have been on a streak like that used to be the 2014-15 season.

— Isaiah Livers went thru a person exercise ahead of pregame warmups began after which joined his group for mentioned warmups after you have a just right stretch in. He is neglected the closing six video games with a groin damage. He almost certainly(?) performs as of late.

— Illinois has the Giant Ten’s longest energetic profitable streak at 5 video games and is off to its absolute best get started in convention play at 6-2 since 2006.


Just right morning from Ann Arbor! It used to be an early morning in Michigan for Illinois. Now not in a position to get at the court docket on the Crisler Middle upon their arrival the day past as a result of Michigan webhosting a gymnastics meet, the Illini were given in a shootaround ahead of daybreak forward of as of late’s sport in opposition to the Wolverines.

It wasn’t a protracted exercise. Simply sufficient to paintings up somewhat of a sweat and get a bit aware of the sight strains and rims. We will see if the early get started is helping or hinders Illinois come sport time.

More or less a very powerful sport as of late in Ann Arbor. Illinois, ranked No. 21 nationally, enters on a five-game profitable streak and contemporary off a highway win Tuesday at Purdue. Every other win clear of house would no longer simplest give the Illini a Giant Ten-leading 3rd, however it will additionally lead them to the Giant Ten leaders. Illinois lately stocks the highest spot within the convention with Michigan State. Beating Michigan would give the Illini a half-game lead within the standings.

A win as of late in Ann Arbor would additionally imply a 6th immediately in Giant Ten play. The closing Illinois group to win that many convention video games in a row wound up taking part in within the nationwide championship sport within the 2004-05 season. So there may be that.

Illinois will probably be with out Alan Griffin, after all. The sophomore guard used to be suspended two video games via the Giant Ten for his (deserved) flagrant-2 ejection at Purdue. Whether or not a two-game rip used to be deserved? The’s been some debate on that time. Illini trainer Brad Underwood has known as it “over the top.”

It’s going to be attention-grabbing to look if Griffin’s absence is a matter. Illinois beat Purdue via 17 with Griffin taking part in simply three mins ahead of his ejection. He additionally went scoreless in 11 mins in Illinois’ early December win in opposition to Michigan. Nonetheless, that used to be ahead of his function larger and he had one thing of a breakout. 

Principally, we will all to find out beginning in an hour. Keep tuned.

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