Michigan's Hunter Dickinson mocks Illinois for title claim: 'Anyone can be B1G champs if they want'
Michigan freshman center Hunter Dickinson isn’t staying quiet about Illinois’ claim to the Big Ten regular season title.
Due to COVID-19, Michigan and Illinois played a different number of Big Ten game this season. Illinois played the full 20 (16-4) while Michigan played just 17 (14-3).
By virtue of winning percentage, the Big Ten gave the nod to Michigan for the regular season crown. That ruling caught the ire of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman, who was advocating for the Illini and Michigan to be co-champions.
Dickinson essentially scoffed at the idea.
“If they want to claim they’re Big Ten champs, I guess Iowa can do the same, Wisconsin, might as well put Penn State, Maryland, anyone can be Big Ten champs if they want because this is a COVID year,” he said.
Hunter Dickinson on Illinois' Big Ten title claim: "If they want to claim they're Big Ten champs, I guess Iowa can do the same, Wisconsin, might as well put Penn State, Maryland, anyone can be Big Ten champs if they want because this is a COVID year."
— Daniel Dash (@DanielDash_) March 10, 2021
There’s more than a hint of sarcasm there from Dickinson. Both Penn State and Maryland finished the year with below .500 records in the Big Ten.
Illinois handed Michigan one of its three losses this season back on March 3 — A 76-53 drubbing despite not having Ayo Dosunmu.
Illinois and Michigan could meet again this season in the Big Ten Championship Game on Sunday.