Hardaway by the halves

It’s a twist on the “the glass is half empty/full” cliché.

For Tim Hardaway Jr. the half that’s empty is the first one. But he sure fills it up in the second half.

The sophomore guard is scoring nearly 70 percent of his 16.4 points per game this season in the second half. His second-half scoring average alone (11.2) would rank among the top 25 scorers in the Big Ten.

But as good as he has been in the final 20 minutes, he has been mediocre to awful in the first 20. He has had two scoreless first halves. In his past five games his first-half scoring average is 3.8. Fortunately his second-half scoring during the same stretch is 13.0.

It’s nice for a team to have a player it can rely on down the stretch of games. Everyone can see that Hardaway’s second halves are full.

But do his first halves have to be so empty?

Tim Hardaway Jr. scoring breakdown*

Opponent 1st 2nd

vs. Oakland 3 18

Iowa State 9 10

at Virginia 0 5

vs. UCLA 7 13

vs. Duke 0 19

vs. Memphis 11 10

Western Illinois 4 12

Towson 10 5

Ferris State 3 9


Total pts 47 101

Average 5.2 11.2

Pct of scoring 31.8 68.2

*ESPN Stats & Information