Nov. 28, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's basketball sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) and freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) swept the Big Ten Conference weekly awards on Monday (Nov. 29). Hardaway was named Big Ten Player of the Week, while Burke earned Freshman of the Week honors.
Hardaway was also named Big Ten Player of the Week by College Sports Madness for his performances in last week's games. The Madness identifies the highest impact players nationally and one from each conference in its weekly feature.
This marks the first weekly awards for U-M this season. Hardaway earned his first career Player of the Week award after receiving four Freshman of the Week honors last season.
Hardaway averaged 20 points through three games in the Maui Invitational last week to help the Wolverines take third and earn him a spot on the all-tournament team. He helped U-M upset No. 8 Memphis, 73-61, in the first round with a season-best 21-point effort. He also chipped in seven rebounds and five assists.
In a narrow loss to No. 6 Duke, Hardaway was held scoreless in the first half and then erupted for 19 points in the second half to help U-M with its comeback efforts, which fell just short, 82-75. His 20-point effort helped Michigan secure third place over UCLA, 79-63. He went 8-for-13 from the floor and added four rebounds and four assists against the Bruins.
Burke directed Michigan's offense in Maui, averaging 12 points and six assists through three games, including 15.5 points and 6.5 assists versus two top-10 opponents. Against No. 8 Memphis, he tallied 14 points and four assists in the win. In the setback to No. 6 Duke, he scored a career-high 17 points on 8-of-17 shooting and was just one assist shy of a double-double with nine assists. He capped the tournament with five points and five assists in the win over UCLA.
The Wolverines travel to Charlottesville, Va., to take on Virginia on Tuesday (Nov. 29) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.
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