Feb. 28, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's basketball guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior HS) was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday (Feb. 28), marking the third straight week he has earned the honor and the fourth time this season he has received the conference accolade. Hardaway remains the only non-Ohio State player to win the conference honor.
Hardaway was pivotal in helping the Wolverines keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive as he averaged 19.0 points. 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assist and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 54.2 percent from the field (13-for-24) and 60.0 percent from three-point range (9-for-15). The Wolverines rebounded with a key 70-63 road win at Minnesota on Saturday (Feb. 26) after a heartbreaking, last-second loss to Wisconsin on Wednesday (Feb. 23). Hardaway led U-M in scoring in both games, with 16 points against the Badgers and 22 against the Gophers.
In Minneapolis, Hardaway knocked down five triples in the first half to help the Wolverines get out to a strong start. In a back-and-forth second half, Hardaway's key putback with less than three minutes to go and three big free throws in the closing seconds helped U-M seal its fourth road win in the Big Ten. His team-best 22 points give him six 20-plus point games this season. Against Wisconsin, he again was deadly from long range, going 4-for-7, while scoring 16 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing out three assists.
Hardaway has scored in double figures in his last 11 games -- leading U-M in seven of those games -- and has 22 double-digit games overall this season. During his 11-game stretch, he has averaged 18.0 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 51.1 percent from the field (67-for-131) and 50.0 percent on three-pointers (36-for-72). Hardaway has 66 total triples this season and needs six more to crack U-M's all-time top 10 for long-range buckets in a season.
Michigan has a mid-week bye but will return to action Saturday (March 5) when it hosts Michigan State at Crisler Arena in the final regular-season contest. The Wolverines and Spartans are slated to tip off at 2 p.m. in a nationally televised game on CBS.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423