Top-5 battle: B1G reschedules highly-anticipated Michigan-Illinois matchup
The Big Ten has officially rescheduled one of its most-anticipated games of the year.
No. 3 Michigan is set to host No. 5 Illinois on March 2, making up a game that was lost earlier this season due to COVID-19 issues with the Wolverines.
Here’s the schedule announcement from Michigan, which includes three new games:
🔭 B1G SCHEDULE NEWS 🔭
Big Ten rescheduled 3 〽️🏀 paused games ⤵️
✔️ Feb. 25, Iowa (7 pm, ESPN)
✔️ March 2, Illinois (7 pm, ESPN)
✔️ March 4, MSU (TBD, ESPN)
With the changes, it creates a 17-game B1G slate
— Michigan Men's Basketball (@umichbball) February 20, 2021
The new schedule includes a matchup with No. 11 Iowa and in-state rival Michigan State.
Michigan has played two games since its COVID-19 pause and has won both in convincing fashion. The Wolverines defeated No. 21 Wisconsin in Madison and then dispatched of Rutgers at home.
The addition of these three games means Michigan will play a 17-game Big Ten slate. That falls short of the standard 20 games, but it’s still a representative sample.
Michigan is now scheduled to play both Ohio State and Illinois in the next two weeks. The Buckeyes and Illini also play eachother in the Big Ten’s regular season finale on March 7. That group of games could go a long way toward determining which Big Ten team(s) earn a No. 1 seed on Selection Sunday.
The Big Ten Tournament is set to begin on March 10.