Post Game: Rebounding. Defense. Free throw. Toughness. Missing all of them, Pruitt dominated us inside, Randle dominated us on the wing. Michigan showed flashes like they have all season but the Illini were too much in the end. Simply have to play the full 40 minutes, no more 30 minute games. 9-17 FT shooting is not acceptable either, these are things that should probably be correctable though so we will see. Beating a lowly Iowa team at home should be possible.
Pre Game: Big game in Champagne tonight for Michigan. Illinois is struggling and Michigan is coming off their first BigTen win (although it’s against Northwestern). However Illinois while winless in the BigTen looked very strong at Indiana in a game they could have won. Can Michigan go into Champagne and get another road victory? It would be a nice boost if they could get this one and beat Iowa sitting at 3-3 in conference before the gauntlet of @Wisc, @MSU, @Minnesota, and @OSU. UMHoops Prediction: Ugly game with Illinois playing physical defense, Illini 66-Michigan 57.
Nice Michigan Daily article on David Merritt.