When Michigan traveled to Champaign in December, the situation was flipped. The Wolverines were one of the top-ranked teams in the country, and Illinois was desperate for a win to keep its season alive. The Illini had dropped back-to-back games and accomplished little of relevance non-conference play.
A month and a half later, Michigan is the desperate team, and Illinois is the hot one. The Illini arrive in Ann Arbor (Saturday, noon, FS1) on a five-game league winning streak while the Wolverines have lost four of their last five.