After the Michigan Wolverines were flat out dominated by Michigan State Tuesday night in East Lansing, many were left questioning whether Michigan gave up midway through the 75-52 drubbing. The play of two of Michigan’s main cogs, junior Tim Hardaway, Jr. and freshman Glenn Robinson III, can only be described as hot garbage. Hardaway finished the night 1 for 11 from the floor for two points. GRIII shot only 1 of 4, also for two points.
In comparison, Alex Gauna, a little-used sophomore center, and Trevor Bohnhoff, a freshman walk-on who doesn’t even have his name on the back of his jersey, combined for four points for the Spartans.
Assuming after the Wolverines were read the riot act by John Beilein and his coaching staff, Hardaway took to Twitter to apologize to fans and alumni for the team’s poor effort.
Some might call it class. Others may call it good PR. What do I think? I think talk is cheap. Michigan was outplayed, out-hustled, out-coached out-willed from the time they walked into the Breslin Center. The Izzone got into their kitchen and Izzo’s guys followed their lead.
It wasn’t the first time that THJ was totally ineffective at the Breslin Center. He’s now 5 of 33 shooting in his three games in East Lansing, and 2 of 21 in his past two appearances at MSU.
Michigan held it close for the first ten minutes, but after State punched them in the mouth, they were done. It’s been an all-too-common trend for Michigan on the road this year. Their four Big Ten losses have all come on the road and outside of Trey Burke and a random guy or two per game, they have looked and played scared. Even Burke looked defeated Tuesday.
At least Michigan plays Penn State (twice) and Illinois for their next three to help themselves get right. The tweets are nice, but their fans shouldn’t take solace in that. If I was a Michigan fan, I’d tell Hardaway to buck up on March 2nd when the Spartans will come to their place in Ann Arbor.