Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/17/14
The Michigan basketball team (5-0), ranked 4th nationally and looking every bit the part, took down the competition in the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament. The Wolverines capped off the 4-game run with a tourney-clinching win over Kansas State on Friday evening by the final count of 71-57. Tim Hardaway, Jr. probably played his best game as a collegian before taking a knee to the side of the head in the waning minutes of the game. Hardaway appeared a bit woozy as he left the court with 3:37 remaining and headed straight to the locker room. Tim Hardaway Jr. Before exiting, TH2 chewed up the K-State defense on 10-15 shooting for a 23-point output. He continues to be a force on the glass as he hauled in 7 more rebounds, and added a steal and an emphatic block on the defensive end of the floor. Hardaway has taken the wheel of this team and is steering them toward some impressive early season basketball. The void left in leadership via the departures of Zack Novak and Stu Douglass is quickly becoming a non-issue. And to see Hardaway shake down Will Spradling with the “killer crossover” made famous by his dad doesn’t hurt either. Aside from Hardaway’s statement game, John Beilein got a balanced attack from his enlarged 11-man rotation. Glenn Robinson III had 9 points and 11 rebounds. Trey Burke ran a great floor game against a scrappy K-State defense on his way to 10 points, 6 boards, and 4 assists. Off of a vastly improved bench, Michigan got 10 points from Nik Stauskas and 6 apiece from Mitch McGary and Jon Horford. Kansas State was led by Rodney McGruder’s 16 points. Michigan’s defense completely nullified Spradling who was just 1-9 for 3 points. The Wolverines continue to dominate early on in terms of rebounding margin. They out-boarded the Wildcats 40-28 in what is becoming the new norm for the once challenged rebounding teams that Michigan has featured in recent years. Up next is a Tuesday night matchup in the Big 10/ACC Challenge. The Wolverines will play host to NC State, currently ranked 16th. Hopefully Hardaway is ok and ready to go in what will be the first of many highly anticipated home games on the 2012-13 slate. As the final seconds wore off the clock, the Michigan-partisan crowd broke out into a “Beat Ohio” chant in preparation of Saturday’s edition of “The Game”. As exciting as that matchup is, the most prolific team in Ann Arbor these days happens to be the boys on the hardwood.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jay Cutler available to teams in trade

Brian Hoyer praises Johnny Manziel for checking into rehab

Dockett: I would have signed with Cardinals for less money

Report: Darrelle Revis' decision to come down to Patriots, Jets

Maurice Jones-Drew announces his retirement from NFL

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ndamukong Suh is biggest prize, risk in free agency

Associated Press will have 'robots' writing game stories

Jaworski on Winston: 'I would not take him at that No. 1 pick

Peyton Manning passes physical, returning to Broncos

Gregg Popovich rips notion of NBA Finals games in July

Ortiz on Schilling controversy: 'It makes you angry'

Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon drives a chrome Mercedes

WATCH: Ronda Rousey breaks guy's ribs who doubts her ability

Michelle Beadle’s campaign to be cast in ‘Sharknado 3′ pays off

Ten teams who have tightened the belt

Dodgers will have a tough time dumping Andre Ethier

Brian Cashman: Derek Jeter should be final Yankees captain

Tom Brady, Rory McIlroy to play round at Augusta National

No one knows who will win the 2014-15 NBA MVP

Giants TE on plane that slid off runway in New York

TSN to stop airing tweets after trade deadline debacle

Is there a team for Rajon Rondo?

Five most likely running back targets for the Eagles

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Jay Cutler available to teams in trade

Ronda Rousey breaks guy's ribs

Ten teams who have tightened the belt

Mayweather waited for Pacquiao to get old, right?

Maurice Jones-Drew announces his retirement from NFL

Ndamukong Suh is biggest prize, risk in free agency

AP will have 'robots' writing game stories

Manning officially returning to Broncos

No one knows who will win the MVP

Pop rips notion of NBA Finals in July

Is there a team for Rajon Rondo?

Five likeliest RB targets for Eagles

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.