The 2014 Big Ten Tournament live stream and TV schedule continues on Friday as the top seeded teams will get their chance to hit the hardwood for the first time, including the No. 1 seeded Michigan Wolverines. Friday's schedule will definitely be the most intriguing of the tournament as the top four teams (Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Michigan State) will all be tested to see who advances to the semi-finals on Saturday.
According to a BTN.com report on March 13, Michigan will face Illinois at Noon EST on Friday. Tracy Abrams had 25 points to lead the Fighting Illini to a 64-54 win Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Now just because Illinois is the No. 9 seed in the tournament, that doesn't mean they will go quietly vs. the No.1 seeded Wolverines. Conference tourneys don't always go as planned. Just ask Villanova and SMU.
The last time these two teams met, Michigan embarrassed Illinois in front of 15,000 stunned fan in Illinois back on March 4.
Coming into that game, the Illini were playing great basketball. Illinois had held four straight opponents under 50 points and were looking to gain some momentum heading into the Big Ten Tournament. Michigan solved Illinois' defense without any problem as the Wolverines rolled to an 84-53 blowout.
The win gave Michigan the Big Ten regular season title and the loss is something Illinois wants to prove was a fluke. This game should be a good one! One thing is for sure, if Michigan is going to make a run at a Big Ten Tournament and NCAA title they will need the Big Ten player of the year, Nik Stauskas to continue his great play.
Las Vegas odds makers have Michigan as an 8-point favorite with the over/under number set at 124.
So far a lot of these conference tournament games have either been blow outs or games that have come right down to the wire. Michigan has fought through many injuries to have a great season and they should beat Illinois, however it won't be as easy as it was last week.
The Fighting Illini will put up a good fight, but Michigan should get the win.
Pick: Illinois +8
Fans can catch this game on the Big Ten Network nationally or streaming live online through BTN2go.com.