Earlier this college basketball season, Illinois beat Michigan by 16 points, and Illini big man Maverick Morgan had things to say about UM’s toughness.
"They are more of a white-collar team traditionally and at Illinois we're about toughness and together," Morgan told reporters. "Not that they're not but we kind of pride ourselves on defense and that's something we've been working to get better at."
In the Michigan locker room at Verizon Center pic.twitter.com/rXegDYqeek— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) March 9, 2017
Morgan had four points, two rebounds, and five turnovers in 27 minutes.
This was actually the teams’ second meeting since Morgan’s poorly aging remark about Michigan’s team toughness. The Wolverines also beat the Illini by nine points in Ann Arbor on Jan. 21, 10 days after their original meeting in Champaign. It wasn’t clear if Michigan had used Morgan’s remark as motivation twice or just once.