2006-07 BKM at Purdue -- Notes & Quotes


Michigan suffered its first Big Ten loss of the season with the 67-53 setback at Purdue. The Wolverines are now 14-4 overall and 2-1 in Big Ten play.

With the loss at Purdue, Michigan now falls to 59-78 all-time (54-73* NCAA sanction) against the Boilermakers.

Michigan and Purdue will meet for the second time this season seven days from now at Crisler Arena.

Michigan was held to a season-low seven assists and 23 rebounds at Purdue. The last time Michigan had 10-or-fewer assists was against Georgetown (8) on Dec. 30. The last time Michigan had fewer than 25 rebounds was at UCLA (24) on Dec. 23.

By starting at Purdue, Courtney Sims and Ron Coleman extended their consecutive game streaks for the Wolverines. Both players have yet to miss a game as Sims has played in 116 straight, while Coleman has played in 82.

With his 21 points at Purdue, Dion Harris recorded his fifth 20-plus point game of the season. It also marked the 16th 20-plus point game of his career. Harris has now taken over the team lead for scoring on the season with 13.0 points per game.

With his six three-point attempts, Dion Harris has moved into second place all-time for long range attempts. He has 657 in his career to move past former teammate Daniel Horton (2003-06) for the second all-time spot. Harris also had 230 career three-point field goals made, which is just three away from tying Horton's No. 2 mark of 233.

After recording two assists at Purdue, Dion Harris needs just five more assists to move into the top-10 all-time at Michigan for career assists. He has 350 in his career and trails Jimmy King (1992-95, 354) by just four for the No. 10 spot all-time.

With two blocks at Purdue, Ekpe Udoh has now had at least one block in his last 11 straight games. In fact, he has had five straight games with two-or-more blocks in a game. Overall he had 13 multi-block games this season. He leads the Wolverines with 43 total blocks.

With his nine points at Purdue, Lester Abram moved into the 34th spot all-time on the Michigan scoring lists with 1,122 career points. Teammate Courtney Sims is in the 33rd spot with 1,152 career points.

After going 0-for-10 from the three point line over the last six games, Ron Coleman snapped the streak with a pair of triples at Purdue. Coleman finished the game going 2-for-2 from long range.


Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker
On Purdue's play inside and getting to the foul line ... "We knew with what happened with them in their previous game (loss at Indiana), we knew they were going to come out and fight this evening. They certainly displayed that great energy and effort and knocked us on our heels. We tried like the dickens to be prepared for it but you can see that difference with how the game was played. They are very physical and they out-scraped us in the paint. They just really did a number on us in the interior."

On Michigan playing a little too aggressively ..."I didn't think we were playing very smart at times. Sometimes we would just try to bull our way in there. There is a time to drive, penetrate, knife your way in there as opposed to just putting your head down thinking you are going to come away with a whistle instead of making the smart play. I am not sure we were able to do that very well as is evident with the seven assists and 17 turnovers. You can tell we weren't in-sync and weren't playing well with one another. Going into the game, we said we needed to take care of the basketball. That was going to be the biggest key and obviously we didn't do that tonight."

On Purdue out-rebounding Michigan ... "You have to give them credit. They were aggressive and tenacious on the interior. I thought (Carl) Landry was just a load in there on the offensive end and he certainly is a good rebounder. We certainly weren't as physical as we needed to be. We weren't as active as we needed to be. That is why we ended up losing by the margin that we did."

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