So Michigan played a game as the No. 2 team in the nation Thursday night and it doesn’t look like the rise in the poll did anything to make the Wolverines become a little complacent.
Michigan rolled past Eastern Michigan, 93-54, and on this night, it was Tim Hardaway Jr. who rose to the occasion on a team with so many options.
Hardaway Jr. poured in 17 points and also dished out seven assists, and what is most impressive about his performance in this game is that he understands that he has to be more than just a scoring threat for the Wolverines to be successful.
“I’m trying to mix up my game because I don’t want to be just a 3-point shooter,” Hardaway Jr. stated in a post-game press conference. “There are more things I can do to score the ball, and there are things I can do to make passes.”
If Hardaway Jr. becomes as much of a threat to pass the ball to an open teammate as he is as knocking down big-time shots, the Wolverines are going to become that much tougher to defend.
The mark of a good player is one that is willing to be versatile and willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win games.
Hardaway Jr. is doing his part as Michigan, at 12-0, is off to its best start since the 1985-86 campaign. He is averaging 15.8 points per game, he has knocked down 21 treys and he has dished out 31 assists.
Yet, even after another win over an inferior opponent, the Wolverines are hardly about to rest on their current success.
After all, no one is going to hand Michigan a Big Ten title or national title.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” Michigan head coach John Beilein said in a post-game press conference.
Brian Lester is a featured Big Ten columnist and college basketball writer for Rant Sports. He is a member of the USBWA as well. Follow him on Twitter@BLester1993 or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.