Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker
On the rebounding and foul shooting difficulties against Wisconsin ... "We still have not really solved that from our previous games - to be able to keep people off the glass - but one thing we did do better this time was we didn't turn it over as much. As you mention foul shooting, the number of times they were able to get to the line and convert and also second chance opportunities that they were able to seal. You have to take your hat off to a kid like Mike Wilkinson, who we knew coming into the game was one, of or if not the best, player in the conference. He certainly had a career game this afternoon."
On free throw shooting ... "You see it happen all the time where a team is doing a certain job in that area and all of a sudden for whatever reason it goes out the window. It went out at a critical time for us and obviously we spend a lot of time emphasizing that within our program but it wasn't there for us this afternoon."
On being active on defense ... "We were pretty active. We kind of made the game a little disjointed where we were scrambling a little bit in terms of doubling here and there. As you mentioned those two guys in particular, Courtney (Sims) and Brent (Petway) did a nice job a blocking some shots and we have to do a better job of having our guards rotate down when they go and try to make a block. We have to rotate down and take their man who is coming over and leaving to block a shot. The rotations have to be better for us and they had a couple fortunate bounces that they were able to put back in."
On Brent Petway's double-double ... "It is very encouraging, especially with his shoulder still being wrapped up. He battled. With 10 points, 10 boards, and five blocks, he giving us a great deal of energy out on the floor and we need more of that and we have to see if we can find that from other people as well."
U-M Junior Forward Graham Brown
On the game ... "I think we came out and played hard today. Wisconsin was the better team out there today. They fought the whole game, they fought for 40 minutes, and I think we let up at times. We had them on our backs for awhile and we were doing the best we could to win the game but they were able to pull out the victory today."
On the team's overall offensive struggles ... "In other games, we relied on our defense to cause us [to produce] offense. Our defense was okay today but our offense was just not there today and it was kind of stagnant at times and sometimes that happens. Other guys need to step up like myself. I didn't have a very good game today. We need to finish down low like coach always says, and I had a problem with that today and I'm going to have to work on that."
U-M Sophomore Forward Courtney Sims
On the team's rebounding problems ... "They really battled us on the boards and they did a better job rebounding the offensive boards. We had trouble boxing them out . Everybody was crashing. They are long, athletic, and tough, so they are a tough team to handled on the boards."
Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan
On out-rebounding Michigan ... "If you look at this game and break down each one of those, I think I have a feeling that we were the beneficiary of a couple of tip-tips just out of their reach. They had some good position at times and sometimes it was just how hard we shot. If the ball hits hard off the rim and your not shooting it very well, the ball is loose for anybody. I think we had a couple of those too."
On Horton and Harris ... "I have seen those guys knock down [three-point baskets]. We know as far as range, Horton and Harris can hit those shots. When they don't go down, it makes it tougher. Inside, I thought our post defense was pretty decent. The way we kept the perimeter fairly honest, they still had 15 points on 17 shots. For those two guys, we just have to keep trying to work them. We know what they can do."
Wisconsin Senior Mike Wilkinson
On Courtney Sims and Graham Brown ... "They are great talents. I played against Courtney last year and Graham for the last two. You are kind of familiar with them; you have a feel for what they are going to do as you do for most Big Ten players you have been around before. We just tried to make them work for everything. Courtney knocked down some tough shots and, unfortunately, Graham missed some. They are both good players and you just have to make them work."
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