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Tim Hardaway Jr. was nonexistent in Tuesday's loss to Michigan State.
Michigan, Trey Burke needs help.
Burke receives a lot of defensive attention and needs players around him to step up. He was Michigan's only bright point in an overall horrific night against Michigan State.
Burke finished with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 3-of-5 from three-point land.
Freshman guard Nik Stauskas provided some help with 10 points, but everyone else struggled with shooting, defensive intensity, turnovers, and the list goes on.
Tim Hardaway Jr. was coming off three huge performances against Indiana, Ohio State and Wisconsin, but had one of his worst nights in recent memory.
Hardaway Jr. scored a measly two points on 1-of-11 shooting. That will not cut it for a team that needs him to play big in every game.
ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein points out the key stat from Michigan's loss to Michigan State:
Zero first-half points for Tim Hardaway Jr. After scoring 18, 23 and 18 points in the previous three games, respectively, Hardaway couldn’t find anything in the first half. He missed all six of his shots, including all four 3-pointers. This from a player who brought Michigan back a week earlier against Ohio State by making six 3-pointers, then followed it up by making what was almost the game-winner at Wisconsin on Saturday. Without Hardaway's production, Michigan struggled to shoot 27.3 percent from the 3-point line in the first half. Hardaway would finish with 2 points.
Hardaway Jr.'s shooting woes spread to other players on the Wolverines against the Spartans.
Glenn Robinson III only had two points on 1-of-5 shooting and Mitch McGary had four points on 2-of-5 shooting to go along with four turnovers.
The Wolverines cannot afford to shoot poorly in big games like this; they are too talented to struggle this much.
As a team this season Michigan has shot 49.8 percent—good enough for sixth in the nation.
The Wolverines need Hardaway Jr., Stauskas, Robinson III, and McGary to all step up with high percentage shooting.