2003-04 BKM vs. Indiana -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker

Opening statement ... "We played as individuals the first half. I take full responsibility for that. We had poor shot selection and I don' think that we have done that all year. We are not good as individuals. We are much more successful as a group. You can't get down that many points and expect to win against a team that good and hungry."

On the free throws ... "I don't think I have ever been a part of a game when the two teams combined for seven free throws."

On Daniel Horton's shooting ... "I thought all of us struggled with our shots. We could not hit from anywhere on the floor, and Daniel was part of that group."

On needing a balanced offense ... "The go-to guy is the open guy and we don't seem to understand that. For some reason today we didn't do that."

On the zone defense ... "It wasn't effective enough. It did help us get back into the game, but I don't know if it was our zone or them just missing shots. Our offense was the reason we did not play very well."

U-M Senior/Junior J.C. Mathis

On the slow start ... "I don't think we were over-hyped. I don't think we played bad defensively in the first half. Obviously on offense, we didn't play our best. We didn't execute the way we would have liked to in order to have success. We got down by 10 or so and started to get into a rhythm but a lot of that was due to our defensive effort. We just need to do a better job of execution."

On providing leadership in close games ... "In the second half, we got some key stops and that is what I try to do -- bring some intensity of defense, hustle back on defense and hope that the other guys feed off of that."

U-M Freshman Dion Harris

On the game ... "We got behind in the first half but we started to make up for it in the second. They ended up winning the game by two, but I thought we showed heart and fought hard to get the game to where it was."

On the team's shooting struggles ... "In the first half I didn't think we moved the ball well, and we took a lot of bad shots. They did a nice job of getting a hand in our face on defense."

On what positives can be taken from a close loss ... "Obviously we performed better in the second half but it wasn't enough. We just need to learn how to pull games out in the end. We have to regroup and prepare to play better in the next game."

Indiana Head Coach Mike Davis

On the significance of this victory ... "Today we had guys step up and play. This was very important especially being on the road. A road win is like two wins. We now have to play Northwestern, who knocked off Iowa on the road, so we have to be ready for them."

On the first half ... "If you asked me before the game I would say that I was scared. Marshall (Strickland) was impressive; he played like the guy we see in practice every day."

On the starting lineup ... "We don't have a lot of experience, so I went with was a pair of seniors and a junior with Marshall (Strickland) and Bracey (Wright), two guys that have played well for us. I thought that group would give us a good start, but the offense wasn't there, but we played great defensively. At the first timeout it was 6-1, but we stuck with the game plan."

On playing defense against Michigan's athleticism ... "We will not play another team in the Big Ten that has the type of athletes they have here a Michigan. We talked to them before the game to stay in their defensive stance, and that worked this afternoon."

Indiana Sophomore Bracey Wright

On his performance today ... "Before the game, Clark Kellogg talked to me and told me that I'm a scorer but I need to pick my shots and pick my times as to when to assert myself offensively. He said just let things come to you. I was thinking about it during the game and in the first half they were really tight on me so I didn't force anything. I was trying to get the ball into Roderick Wilmont's hands. In the second half they started respecting everybody else on the team. That's when I started knocking down my shots."

Indiana Sophomore Marshall Strickland

On what the win means to the team ... "Now we're 1-1 in the conference. Getting a road win in the Big Ten is tough. We can't have any letdowns going into the Northwestern game having them at home. They beat Iowa on the road and I think they're a tough team and we can't take them lightly."

On playing well in big games ... "There has been pressure on Bracey Wright all year, and the guys look to me because they know what I can do. It's time for me to step up and show them that I can do it. I do it in practice and now they look for me to do it in games."

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