Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue NBA legacy

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Reported today, Tim Hardaway Jr will declare for the NBA Draft.

As the Orange Krush Illinois student section at Assembly Hall harassed Tim Hardaway Jr of the Michigan Wolverines, they chanted “daddy’s boy, daddy’s boy.” Rather unimaginative and not at all damaging, don’t you think?

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#10 Michigan Wolverines: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

I think I’m one of the few people not drinking the Michigan Wolverines kool-aid this season.  Don’t get me wrong, they will be a very good team, I’m just not buying them as a preseason top five squad quite yet.

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Michigan’s Trey Burke making a case as Big Ten’s best player

Just four days ago, the Big Ten announced that its freshman of the year award was being given to two separate players—Indiana’s Cody Zeller took home the coaches award and Michigan’s Trey Burke got the media vote.

But after another eye-popping performance in Michigan’s win over Minnesota in the second-round of the Big Ten tournament, those coaches may want to re-think their decision.

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Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. Combine for 56 points in Win at Illinois

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If there were any fears that Michigan–after being dominated at home by Purdue on Saturday–had witnessed the end of its three-week long hot streak, you can put those to rest now. The Wolverines followed that clunker against the Boilermakers with a dominant performance against Illinois Thursday night, a 72-61 beatdown at Assembly Hall. The victory is Michigan’s first in Champagne since 1995.

It was a tale of two halves for the Wolverines, and the first belonged to point guard Trey Burke. The freshman simply couldn’t miss in the opening period, going 6-7 from the field–including 4-4 on three-point tries–and finishing with 14 points.

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Purdue Deals Michigan its First Home Loss of the Season

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When Purdue coach Matt Painter dismissed junior Kelsey Barlow from the team last Friday due to an altercation at a bar, senior Ryne Smith called it “addition by subtraction.” That statement may have been validated Saturday night, as the Boilermakers went into Crisler Arena and thoroughly dominated the Wolverines, 75-61, sullying their pristine 15-0 home mark in the process.

Sophomore guard Terone Johnson had his best game of the season, going 9-12 from the field and scoring 22 points. Senior forward Robbie Hummel added 17 points.

It was senior night for the Maize and Blue, but Zack Novak and Stu Douglass were nowhere to be found. The two veterans shot a combined 8-17 from the field and 5-11 from beyond the arc. That’s not to say that the Wolverines’ underclassmen were any better. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., one of the most consistent scoring tandems in the Big Ten, struggled all night–especially Hardaway Jr., who went 0-6 from three.

So what does this loss mean for the Maize and Blue?

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Michigan Proving Itself on the Road

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Hoisting 38 three-point shots on the road isn’t necessarily the best recipe for success, especially in the Big Ten, where there are no gimmes away from home. But for Michigan, a team that has struggled on the road much of the season, 14 of their 38 three-point attempts found net Tuesday night and that was enough for a, 67-55, overtime win at Northwestern.

Once again, super frosh Trey Burke led the way for the Wolverines, scoring 19 points and grabbing six rebounds. It was Burke’s quickness and court vision that frustrated NU’s 1-3-1 zone throughout regulation time, and it was Burke’s senior-like composure that KO’d the Wildcats in overtime.

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#20 Michigan Wolverines: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

After suffering through some growing pains with a very young roster, John Beilein’s Michigan Wolverines matured late in the season nearly knocking off Duke in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.  With everybody but Darius Morris returning, Michigan figures to make some serious noise in the Big Ten this season.

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2011 NCAA Tournament: West Regional Bracket Breakdown

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Warning: I will not be responsible if you copy these brackets and are out of your NCAA Tournament pool by by Sunday.  However, if you do listen to my college basketball wisdom and win some money, I want 20% of the pot or at least a shout-out on your twitter or facebook page.  Click here to check out my East Regional breakdown.

By: David Kay
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Darius Morris is Michigan’s Main Weapon


Just when the Michigan Wolverines looked like they were down and out, Darius Morris and Tim Hardaway Jr. sparked a rally in the second half to cut a 12-point deficit and upend the Illini 60-55 to earn the opportunity to face #1 Ohio State on Saturday.

The Wolverines were sitting firmly on the bubble before, but their new and best win of the season versus Illinois probably ensures them a spot in the Big Dance.

By: Nick Grays

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Illinois Fighting Illini Choke Away BTT Game to Wolverines

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There’s only one program to have reached (or received a bye into) the Big Ten Tournament quarter-finals every year in the tourney’s inception, and that’s the Illinois Fighting Illini. In fact out of the 13 conference tourneys, they’ve reached the semi-finals in every year except one. Make it two after today’s epic choke job.

The Illini (who have the most BTT wins all time with 23) were living and dying by the perimeter game all day and it came back to bite them. They stopped getting looks inside, forced up terrible shots and committed loads of turnovers down the stretch as the Wolverines ended up beating them 60-55.

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Tim Hardaway’s Kid Becoming Star for Michigan Wolverines

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Freshman Tim Hardaway Jr. has proven he was up to the task of starting at point guard for the Michigan Wolverines his rookie season in the Big Ten.

Hardaway Jr., who averaged 31 points a game in his senior year of high school, is Michigan’s second leading scorer this season. The son of five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway Sr. has established himself as one of the top freshmen in the Big Ten as well, ranking second among his conference classmates in points per game.

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99 in 99: #92 Michigan Wolverines

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Here is the first “really?” prediction in my off-season “99 in 99” in which I am ranking the 72 power conference teams and top 27 mid-major college basketball programs in reverse power ranking order.  Michigan vastly disappointed last season and now faces the challenge of replacing their top two players.

By: David Kay
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