Jan. 12, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Prior to playing its first road game against a ranked opponent on Sunday (Jan. 13) at No. 15 Ohio State, the University of Michigan men's basketball team held a media roundtable on Saturday (Jan. 12).
Michigan recorded its 16th-consecutive win on Wednesday (Jan. 9) vs. Nebraska to match the program's best start. However, at halftime, the team had scored its lowest first-half total this season but still owned a 25-20 advantage.
In the locker room, Trey Burke reminded the team that if their shots were not falling that their defense was going to have to produce offensive chances. In the second half, Michigan outrebounded Nebraska, 24-14, and outscored the Cornhuskers 8-0 in second-chance points.
Forward Jordan Morgan played a significant role in Michigan's dominance on the boards, helping the Wolverines hold a 47-30 margin after 40 minutes. Morgan grabbed 11 rebounds, three offensive and eight defensive, allowing the Maize and Blue to have more possessions. It marked the second time in three games and fourth time this season Morgan had pulled in more than 10 rebounds.
In addition to Coach Beilein speaking with the media, Morgan sat down for a brief interview.
U-M Senior/Junior Forward Jordan Morgan
On his role as a rebounder on the team ... "I think it's a big way that I help this team get extra possessions on offense and on defense, helping us get out on the break. I definitely take it upon myself to get as many rebounds as I can."
On the team's approach ... "It's about what comes throughout the game and what the defense gives us. Last game, the opportunities weren't exactly there, and it's not necessarily a bad thing, it's just about what's available for our team."
On the coaching staff focusing on his rebounding ... "They are always helping me, especially Coach (Bacari) Alexander -- he emphasizes rebounding and defense and for me to play defense and rebound as well as I can for this team. That's kind of my role in our success."
On the importance of defense to produce offensive opportunities ... "We know that to achieve our goals of winning championships, that we're going to have to play defense most importantly and focus on getting stops, especially with the good competition we play against in this league. It's really important for us to be as efficient as we can on the defensive end."
On the importance of staying out of foul trouble to get more minutes on the floor ... "I think in these games, experience can play a big factor in our success. It's importance that all of us are able to play to our fullest ability and not be restricted by foul trouble to set the tone and guide our younger players even better by being on the floor."
On Mitch McGary's improvement on the defensive end and staying out of foul trouble ... "He's done a really good job of embracing the coaching. He was kind of rushing things at the beginning of the season, but he's been slowing things down and playing a little more methodically. There are times when you want to go as fast as you can, but there are times when it's more logical to be decisive. He's done a good job of finding a balance in that, and it's come from embracing the coaching he's received from our coaching staff."
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