The Michigan Wolverines tip off their college basketball season against the Ferris State Bulldogs on Friday night. Unfortunately Tim Hardaway, Jr.'s first game as the team's go-to guy won't be televised, but there should be plenty of other chances to catch the team on TV as the season progresses and Division I opponents appear on the schedule.
Wolverines head coach John Beilein is hopeful that Hardaway Jr. can replace last year's star player, Darius Morris, as the team looks to improve on a 21-14 record. Last season's record was not particularly impressive, but it ended with momentum as they nearly upset Duke on the way to a near-berth in the Sweet 16.
In an interesting move for the home team, Beilein has decided to start freshman Trey Burke ahead of senior Stu Douglass at point guard for Michigan's first regular season game. Apparently, according to a story in the Detroit Free Press, the move was made so that Douglass could be a scoring punch off the bench.
"He really feels good out there," John Beilein said of Burke. "He's really a point guard who has done a great job his whole life of running a team."
The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at Crisler Arena.