Tim Hardaway Jr. makes a statement as Michigan takes NIT Season Tip-Off

Leave a comment

With 11:35 remaining in the game, Tim Hardaway Jr. took a seat on the bench, next to Mitch McGary, exhausted and out of breath as he wiped the sweat of his face.

He put in an all-around effort, a game-high 23 points, while adding seven rebounds, to lead Michigan over Kansas State 71-57 to capture the NIT Season Tipoff at Madison Square Garden.

Hardaway shot 10-of-15 from the field, scoring from in different ways. Early on, Hardaway was able to put the ball on the deck and get to the rim. The junior guard was great from the mid-range, especially the crossover, pull up jumper he had on Will Spralding.

What made it more impressive is that Hardaway kept the team with the lead, scoring 12 points in the first half with limited contributions from Glenn Robinson III, who had only four points or Trey Burke and Jordan Morgan, who combined for no points and three rebounds at intermission.

At the start of half, the entire team started to click. Michigan was holding a 29-24 lead and less than two minutes into the half made it an 11-point game, keeping a double-digit for the rest of the game.

Michigan got whatever they wanted offensive in the second half, connecting on 18-of-33 shots in the half. The Wolverines consistently got into the lane and were unselfish, making extra passes for better shots.

But the story in this one was Hardaway. He stepped up on a big stage, showing all out effort on both ends of the floor. He was active on the glass with a block to go along with seven boards. Hardaway, the tournament’s most outstanding player, left the game late with a reported head injury (passed concussion tests), but was able to return to the bench for the final minute.

Hardaway posted 16 points in a win over Pittsburgh Thursday night, before Friday night’s offensive explosion. Michigan faces its first real test of the season Tuesday against No. 16 N.C. State.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

Steve Wojciechowski
Leave a comment

Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.