Michigan recently hasn’t looked much like the same team that easily disposed of Illinois last month. By the same token, the Fighting Illini have turned things around and are the hottest team in the Big Ten.
Trey Burke scored a season-high 29 points to push the Michigan Wolverines past the Penn State Nittany Lions 79 – 71 on Sunday.
Michigan (21-4, 8-4) opened 20-1 but since has dropped three of four, with its lone victory coming 76-74 in overtime over then-No. 10 Ohio State on Feb. 5.
A clutch 3-pointer by each team put the game into OT with the Wisconsin Badgers getting the final say beating the Michigan Wolverines 65-62 on Saturday.
It’s the first time Michigan has been ranked No. 1 in the polls since the ’92-93 season, back when the Fab Five was doing their trendsetting thing, making Final Fours and going up against Knight’s IU teams in the twilight of his good years there.
After stumbling in December against Butler and again early in conference play against Wisconsin, the Hoosiers (18-2, 7-1) have been trying to play their way back to the No. 1 spot they held through the first month of the season.
Rick Pitino is guessing his Louisville Cardinals won’t be the last team to be No. 1 this season.
The second-ranked Wolverines hope to remain the nation’s lone unbeaten when they try to avoid a ninth consecutive road defeat to the No. 15 Buckeyes in a Big Ten showdown Sunday.
Trey Burke, swears that he’s OK with being bypassed by the Buckeyes – even though he grew up in Columbus and he longed to play with his longtime best friend, former Buckeye Jared Sullinger.
No. 2 Michigan and No. 15 Ohio State match up this weekend … is this where the Wolverines take their first loss?