Michigan Wolverines vs Illinois Fighting Illini 1/14/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Michigan Wolverines vs Illinois Fighting Illini 1/14/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Michigan Wolverines (7-6) and the 25th ranked Illinois Fighting Illini (12-3) will collide in the Big Ten Conference at State Farm Center in Champaign on Friday, January 14, 2022, at 9:00 PM ET. Michigan just got back in this Big Ten hard-court duel after their last two matches were canceled.


The Wolverines lost their recent outings to the UCF Knights and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on January 4. Michigan dropped to 9th place at 1-2 in the Big Ten Conference with a 7-6 overall standing while winning only one of their last three road games.


The Wolverines fell behind the Scarlet Knights by 9 points at halftime and tried to recover but failed after losing the game at 67-75 last time out. Center Hunter Dickinson scored 25 points and Forward Moussa Diabate chipped in 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the losing effort for Michigan.


The Wolverines recorded 45.8% (27/59) shooting from the field, 20.0% (3/15) from the three-point region, and 76.9% (10/13) from the free-throw line. Michigan pulled down a total of 32 rebounds with 6 coming from the offensive end and dished out a total of 16 assists in the contest.


The Wolverines’ defense ended up blocking one shot attempts while stealing the leather five times but committed 8 turnovers and 15 personal fouls in the match.


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Michigan Wolverines vs Illinois Fighting Illini Predictions 1/14/2022


The 25th ranked Illinois Fighting Illini will try to extend their winning streak to six by hosting Michigan in this conference match with a 12-3 record this season. The Fighting Illini won five games in a row versus St. Francis PA, Missouri, Minnesota, Maryland, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers in that order.


No.25 Illinois took 2nd place at 5-0 in the Big Ten Conference with an overall standing at 12-3 while winning 7 of their last 8 contests played at home this season. The Fighting Illini trailed a three-point halftime lead by the Cornhuskers but managed to get back on a 50-37 run resulting in their 10-point come from behind victory at 81-71 on Tuesday night.


Guard Trent Frazier heated the offense for Illinois by scoring 29 points while Center Kofi Cockburn pitched in 16 points and hauled down 13 boards in the winning effort for the Fighting Illini.


Illinois outmatched Nebraska in shooting from the field at 47.0% (31/66) to 45.8% (27/59), connected 7 of 19 (36.8%) attempts from the long-range, and converted 12 of 19 (63.2%) tries from the foul line.


The Fighting Illini outrebounded the Cornhuskers at 38 to 31 total rebounds while distributing a total of 13 assists in the win. The defense for Illinois ended up denying 8 attempted shots with 6 steals but lost the ball in 9 turnovers and committed 15 personal fouls.


Michigan Wolverines vs. #25 Illinois Fighting Illini. The NCAAB Pick for this contest is Illinois -8.5. The Fighting Illini will be the home favorite in this Big Ten match-up with a perfect 5-0 conference standing on the season to date. On the contrary, the Wolverines are struggling to find their way on the winning track after losing 6 of their last 13 games played with a two-game losing streak. The prediction: The Illinois Fighting Illini will win at 77-66.


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Michigan Wolverines vs Illinois Fighting Illini 1/14/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 9:00 PM ET


Location: State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois


Date: Friday, January 14, 2022


TV: FS1 


NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Illinois Fighting Illini -8.5 


NCAAB Totals: 145


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