Illinois doesn’t like Michigan and Michigan doesn’t like Illinois. That’s become no secret.
The animosity truly began as the Wolverines rolled through the Big Ten schedule but couldn’t play the road test against the surging Illini due to having to postpone the season for two weeks because of COVID-19 in January. When Illinois finally got its chance, it upended Michigan, 76-53, the Wolverines’ second loss of the season to that point.
However, two days later, against rival MSU, the maize and blue clinched the Big Ten title, despite having not played as many games as the Illini. That got fans in Champaign heated.
So, on Thursday, as Big Ten media days kicked off in Indianapolis for basketball, outspoken Michigan center Hunter Dickinson certainly drew the ire of Illini fans by telling the world exactly how he feels about them.
Illinois lobbied the conference to be named co-champions, but Kevin Warren, even now, is standing by his decision to crown the Wolverines.
As far as Dickinson is concerned, he’s ready to right the wrongs of his last outing against Illinois.
Check out some of the amazing reactions to Dickinson’s candor below.