Hunter Dickinson has done this before, quite a few times. He estimates first meeting Luka Garza around the 8th grade, when Dickinson would practice with Garza’s 17U Team Takeover. The last time was during lockdown, when the two worked out together in Washington D.C., trying out post moves that weren’t yet game-ready. The next time will be Thursday night. It’s the most important yet.
“I literally just started thinking about the whole Big Ten championship stuff,” Dickinson said. “Only reason I’ve been thinking about it is I see it on my Twitter feed like every other tweet is something about how Michigan can win the Big Ten or something like that.”
After Illinois’ loss at Michigan State on Tuesday night, Michigan is at the 1-yard line on a Big Ten title. According to Bart Torvik, their odds of a regular-season championship stand at 98 percent — the Wolverines need to finish either 3-2 or just 2-3 if they beat Illinois. Iowa, and Garza, are the toughest game left on their schedule if you believe in the KenPom rankings.