Michigan basketball plays host to Illinois on Saturday, Jan. 6, at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. Find the game time, TV channel, watch online, radio and streaming information for the game below.
The Wolverines (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) have won six consecutive games, including a 75-68 victory at Iowa on Tuesday. It was their first win in Iowa City since 2011 and the six-game winning streak is the program’s longest in the regular season in two seasons. Illinois (10-6, 0-3) is coming off a 77-67 loss at Minnesota on Wednesday after dropping its first two conference games in overtime against Maryland and Northwestern in early December.
The teams played three times last season. They split the regular-season games, each winning at home, and then Michigan began its run to the Big Ten Tournament championship with a 75-55 victory in the first round, one day after surviving its charter plane skidding off the runway on an aborted takeoff.
Michigan-Illinois game time, details
Michigan and Illinois play at 12 p.m. ET on Jan. 6.
- Time: 12 p.m. ET tip-off
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 6
- Location: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Records: Michigan (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten); Illinois (10-6, 0-3)
What TV channel will broadcast Michigan-Illinois?
The Michigan-Iowa game will be shown on BTN.
How can I watch Michigan-Illinois online?
The Michigan-Iowa game can be watched online at BTN2Go.
How can I listen to Michigan-Illinois on the radio?
The Michigan Sports Marketing Network, headed by flagship stations WWJ (950 AM) in Detroit and WWWW (102.9 FM) in Ann Arbor, will have the call. Matt Shepard provides the play-by-play, and Terry Mills is the analyst. The game can also be heard on Sirius 138, XM 195 and Internet 957.
The last time the Wolverines saw Illinois, they came away with a 20-point win wearing their practice uniforms in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament last March in Washington. The last time the Wolverines saw current Illinois head coach Brad Underwood, they won a 92-91 battle against the Oklahoma State team he was coaching in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis. They made 16 3-point shots to come out on top in one of the most entertaining games of the tournament.
This Illinois team doesn’t have a Juwan Evans, who had 23 points and 12 assists for Oklahoma State, in its backcourt, but the Illini want to play fast, create a lot of turnovers and attack the basket. Redshirt junior forward Leron Black (14.7 points per game), redshirt junior forward Michael Finke (11.1) and junior guard Aaron Jordan (10.6) are scoring in double figures for Illinois, which is tied for fourth in the nation in total turnovers forced with 303. Michigan is tied for 20th in the nation, having committed 158 turnovers.
Michigan guards Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (55) and Zavier Simpson (49) have combined for 104 assists compared to just 25 turnovers. Abdur-Rahkman is averaging 10.9 points per game this season but has scored in double figures in three consecutive games, making 17 of 26 shots from the field, including 9 of 15 on 3-point attempts. Simpson equaled his season-high with 15 points in the win at Iowa with 7 assists while playing a career-high 32 minutes. He has been coming off the bench while freshman Eli Brooks starts. Head coach John Beilein likes the energy Simpson brings as a reserve, but he hasn’t ruled out Simpson returning to the starting lineup as Brooks finds his rhythm in his first season.
Sophomore guard Charles Matthews still leads the Wolverines in scoring at 16.0 points per game, and has scored in double figures in six consecutive contests. Junior forward Moritz Wagner has played limited minutes in the past two games since returning from an ankle injury. He has scored 11 points with 10 rebounds in 36 combined minutes against Jacksonville and Iowa. The Wolverines are looking for more out him as he continues to regain his form.