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Posted on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 : 1:33 p.m.

Tim Hardaway Jr. ready to play for Michigan basketball team, Jon Horford not expected to play Saturday against Alabama A&M

By Nick Baumgardner

The Michigan basketball team will have its leading scorer this weekend, but will likely again be without its top post reserve.

Michigan coach John Beilein declared Tim Hardaway Jr. (tailbone bruise) ready to play Saturday against Alabama A&M (noon, BTN), but said Jon Horford (right foot injury) will likely miss his second straight game.

"Tim's fine," Beilein said Friday. "He was in the training room the next day (after his injury) and he's had two pretty good practices."

Hardaway suffered the tailbone injury late in the first half Tuesday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, falling awkwardly on his back after committing a foul on a 3-point attempt.

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Tim Hardaway Jr.

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Jon Horford

The 6-foot-6 sophomore swingman remained on the court in pain for roughly 20 seconds before being helped back to the bench. He returned to the floor in the second half, but played just six minutes as Beilein said Hardaway "didn't seem like himself."

In 10 games this season, Hardaway Jr. is averaging 15.6 points and three rebounds per game.

As for Horford, Beilein said the 6-foot-10 forward has not practiced the past two days and is not expected to be available against Alabama A&M.

Horford, who is currently dealing with a stress injury in his right foot, was dressed but did not play Tuesday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

"I don't expect (him to play)," Beilein said. "I'm not sure what we'll do, but he hasn't practiced the past two days so that's a pretty good indication.

"I'll make that decision (Saturday)."

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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