2005-06 BKM vs. Northwestern -- Postgame Quotes
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Michigan coach Tommy Amaker

On causing Northwestern to have 18 turnovers ... "I thought our defensive pressure was very disciplined. We talked a lot about being alert and disciplined with our defense and pressure on the ball. Our kids were energetic and active. Defensively, I thought we had some really good performances out of our guys - Chris Hunter in particular was absolutely tremendous with his energy coming off the bench. He and Brent Petway really set the tone for us to continually rotate bodies on (Vedran) Vukusic."

On the Michigan bench play ... "It was nice to see that. Those are the type of minutes that we are hoping we get from guys off the bench. We were hoping they would come in with that bounce, that energy and be ready to play. I thought our bench gave us a tremendous lift."

On stopping Vedran Vukusic ... "I thought our depth was a factor there ... to wear him down. I thought changing defenses a little bit kept him off balance which is something that is hard to do against him and their team and system."

U-M Senior Wing Lester Abram

On getting open shots ... "We were just trying to be aggressive because we knew their zone has been giving Big Ten teams some problems. I give credit to our practice squad because they were able to simulate their one-on-one really well and we were able to attack them well, so we felt confident coming into the game."

On what Michigan learned from the Illinois loss ... "Coach (Tommy Amaker) thinks that we are getting better and we think we are getting better as a team too. We were able to do some good things at Illinois. We never folded and we never gave up. In previous years we would have probably laid down and been discouraged. Now we have a better team and I thought we were going to come out with the win. We played defense a little too late and the home team came out with the win."

U-M Senior Center Graham Brown

On shutting down Vedran Vukusic in the 2nd half ... "We did not really make that many adjustments. I think in the first half he had three open three's and that was one of the things that really helped his offensive game. In the second half we just tried to shut down his threes, forcing him to try the back door, and we stayed on top of him."

On Michigan's confidence going into the next game ... "We are not going to think about Michigan State yet. We have got another game on Saturday. We are looking forward to going on the road and trying to get our first road win."

U-M Senior Forward Chris Hunter

On the 2nd half defensive effort ... "He (Vukusic) is a tough guy to guard. He has a good pump fake and he goes to the post hard. We came out with a lot of instant pressure and we made sure a lot of baskets went in."

Northwestern coach Bill Carmody

On the game ... "In the first half neither team could be stopped. In the second half, they scored we couldn't. Their defense tighted up. We concentrated on stopping the guys that killed us, but they made shots to control the game. Our defense looked bad and without intensity."

Northwestern Senior Guard Mohamed Hachad

On the shooting of Michgan ... "They shot very well in general. With our zone the purpose is not to let open shots, but it wasn't working. We can't do that in the Big Ten with the competition. The scoring came from the guards. Abram made all his shots. We had to play harder defense."

On Brent Petway's dunking ... "His dunking and his jumping ability is great. The coaches emphasized that he (Petway) gets the whole team going. Obviously, that is what I saw and we can't let that happen, when we want to win."


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