Michigan coach Tommy Amaker
On the adjustments defensively from the first half to the second ... "It was important for us at halftime to look at a little more zone. We played that in the second half a little bit. I was really pleased with how we guarded and changed defenses. You saw us at the end of the first half change some things, to trap and to double team. I thought we threw something at them that they were looking for in the second half to keep them off guard. But that is the purpose of changing sometimes, just to put it on their radar. I just thought our kids really defended hard all game long."
On using different lineups throughout the night ... "Well we had too. We really felt coming into this game, a guy like Reed Baker could give us quality minutes. He certainly did that. He may have even played more than I anticipated. He was a factor on the floor, he played his heart out. Ekpe (Udoh), DeShawn (Sims) gave us some quality minutes up front. We went with some different lineups throughout the game. Lester (Abram) and Ronnie (Coleman) played a little up front because we had to given what they were running and how we were trying to attack and score against their zone."
On the defensive effort down low to help limit Northwestern's shooting ... "We have guys on our frontline that can change some shots, intimidate a little bit. Sometimes having a presence in there is a big factor. They were able to do that. I thought that Northwestern missed some shots that they are normally going to make. They shot 19 percent in the second half and I would like to think that we helped some with that, but I am certain they are looking at some of those shots knowing that they would normally make them."
On Dion Harris' performance ... "In my mind Dion was our most valuable player today. Reed (Baker) made some shots for us. I thought Brent (Petway) was big, making free throws getting eight rebounds and nine points. But Dion controlling everything for us, finding players, playing under control, defending on the other end, not turning it over ... I just thought his floor game was tremendous. I am sure he is going to make some of the shots he missed but overall I was very, very pleased with his effort."
On the win over Northwestern being important ... "You are so right. We were hopeful that coming in our guys were going to be ready for this game after the emotional victory we had in our first game against Illinois. So, I give credit to our guys and our seniors. They had this team right on cue and ready to go. We talked about having a good start and how important it was to get out of the blocks early in this ballgame. It was tied at the half and anyone's ballgame to start the second half. Our guys were able to seize that and never look back."
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