For those who like to keep track of Michigan sports alumni, Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Atlanta Hawks to a 114-112 OT victory over the San Antonio Spurs tonight. He tied his career high with 29 points, 9 of those in overtime, and almost single-handedly sparked the team's fourth-quarter surge.
I was at the game and Hardaway's energy, hustle, and leadership down the stretch were palpable. Despite not being a starter, he played the entire fourth quarter and overtime. He was tasked with defending Kahwi Leonard for most of the overtime period and the Spurs star was a non-factor (the only Leonard bucket I noticed came over another Hawks player). He even did a great job defending LaMarcus Aldridge in the post on a couple possessions.
He's still only 24 years old and things appear to have finally clicked for him in Atlanta. If he can keep growing at the rate he has this season, he has the potential for a long career as an offensive spark plug, similar to another Michigan alumnus, Jamal Crawford.
WBB rang in the new year with a dominating win at the Kohl Center earlier today.
Most of the team struggled with the best player on the team, Katelynn Flaherty, having only 8 points and going 0-7 from 3 point range. Flaherty is the all-time leader in 3 pointers and is averaging 18.5 PPG this season.
It was sophomore big Hallie Thome and freshman phenom Kysre Gondrezick that willed the Wolverines to victory, accounting for 53(!!!!) of the team's 73 points.
Hallie Thome had the second-highest scoring game in Michigan history.
37 points. 14 rebounds. 13-15 FGs.
Kysre had 16 points.
Gondrezick and Thome are the highest ranked recruits Michigan has ever signed, and both are underclassmen.
Michigan is now 13-3 and 2-0 in the B1G. They'll travel and face #14 OSU (12-4, 2-0 B1G) on Saturday in the only regular season game both teams will play against each other.
Should be a high-scoring game and all-out mayhem. Both teams play high tempo styles.
Refs were hot garbage as expected but the refs didn't give up 86 points to stinky Iowa who is starting one player who is NOT a freshman.
This is a bad loss.
I don't understand it at all. Everyone is healthy, including multiple, living and breathing senior starters for the first time since 2012.
I like Beilein a lot but I'm starting to have some doubts now. Was 2012-2014 just a perfect storm?