MINNEAPOLIS Tim Hardway Jr. is only a junior, yet already a seasoned, veteran leader for the young No. 5 ranked Michigan Wolverines.
Hardaway Jr. has played big games in the Big Ten. He's seen the intensity and dealt with the emotion of conference road games. Many of his fellow Wolverines are dealing with the expectations that come with playing for Michigan for the first time. Even Trey Burke, a preseason All-American pick, is a sophomore.
So after the Wolverines lost at No. 15 Ohio State on Sunday, snapping Michigan's 16-game winning streak to start the season, it was Hardaway Jr. who spoke with his teammates to get them ready for Thursday night's nationally-televised game at No. 9 Minnesota.
"It was a matter of having that mindset of being down by 10 as soon as you step off the bus," Hardaway Jr. said of dealing with the atmosphere and riding the wave of excitement. "We had that mindset throughout the whole entire game and we knew we were up 20 and it wasn't over at 15-minute mar...