Illinois coach John Groce has plenty of homegrown talent on his roster.
Last season, the Michigan men’s basketball team faced Illinois three times, with two games needing overtime. The Wolverines came out victorious twice, including once in the Big Ten Tournament, and the matchup may tilt even more in their favor this season.
Still recovering from back surgery, Zak Irvin played one of his best games of the season Wednesday.

In Michigan’s final non-conference game, Irvin’s practice seemed to pay off and he seemed to forget his troubles.

Junior guard Zak Irvin in Michigan's game against Youngstown Saturday.

Derrick Walton Jr. finished the game with a triple-double, scoring 10 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds.

Redshirt sophomore forward Duncan Robinson dunks in the first half of Michigan's 80-33 win over Delaware State on Saturday.

Despite injuries and rotation changes that included redshirt sophomore guard Duncan Robinson replacing sophomore Aubrey Dawkins in the starting lineup, the Wolverines exceeded expectations against Delaware State on Saturday.

Caris LeVert struggled Tuesday night.
Against No. 19 Southern Methodist, the Michigan men’s basketball team didn’t have its bread and butter.
Sophomore forward Ricky Doyle directs traffic Thursday during Michigan's game against Charlotte.

PARADISE ISLAND, The Bahamas  — Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart and three assistants sat courtside for Michigan’s day-two matchup against Charlotte on Thursday night.

Sophomore forward Ricky Doyle goes up for a shot in the second half of Michigan's 86-70 loss to Xavier on Friday.

The Musketeers grabbed 18 offensive rebounds over the course of the game, scoring 16 second-chance points off of them.

Redshirt sophomore guard Duncan Robinson dunks in the first half of Michigan's game against Elon at Crisler Center on Monday night.

Robinson and Walton combined for 43 points, with 33 of those coming off of 3-pointers.

The weary Wolverines won’t be getting much time for rest and recovery this week.

Five-year-old Hunter D'Agostino practices dribbling with Spike, his favorite Michigan player.

Four years ago, John Beilein took a chance on Spike Albrecht. It worked out well for both.