Michigan State's Tom Izzo doesn't expect another poor shooting performance from Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr.
EAST LANSING -- Lost in Michigan's stunning upset loss to Penn State was the fact that Tim Hardaway Jr. played better than he has of late.
The junior guard scored 19 points and made half of his field goal attempts after having not looked the same since scoring only two points on 1-for-11 shooting in a 75-52 loss at Michigan State two weeks ago that left him apologizing on Twitter afterward and sent him into a bit of a slump.
The Spartans shut down Hardaway in East Lansing, using a combination of Branden Dawson and Gary Harris to guard him, and over his past four games, Hardaway has shot 18 percent (4-for-22) from 3-point range.
But when the two top-10 teams collide again in Ann Arbor on Sunday, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is accounting for what he believes will be a better performance from Hardaway than the one at Breslin Center.
"I mean, Hardaway's not going 1-for-11," Izzo said. "If Michael (Jordan) comes back and guards him, he's not going 1-for-11. We know that. We understand that, but we're going to try to make sure that whatever he scores, that whatever anybody scores, it takes a lot of shots to do that."