2006-07 BKM at Wisconsin -- Notes & Quotes


Tonight's game was the 145th all-time meeting between the Wolverines and Badgers. With the loss, Michigan holds an 89-55 all-time record (82-53*) against Wisconsin.

Michigan has a 33-78 all-time record (30-76*) in games played in Madison, Wis.

No. 2/3 Wisconsin was the second ranked opponent U-M faced this season. Michigan dropped a game to 1/1 UCLA on Dec. 23 at Pauley Pavilion.

Courtney Sims has not missed a game in his career, playing in 119 straight contests, while Ron Coleman has played in 85 straight games for the Maize and Blue.

With nine points at Wisconsin, Dion Harris moves into 20th place on Michigan's all-time scoring list with 1,407 career points. Harris reached and surpassed Terry Mills (1988-90), who finished his Wolverine career with 1,405.

Dion Harris dished two assists against the Badgers to move him into ninth on Michigan's all-time assists list. Harris now has 359 career assists, reaching and surpassing Steve Grote (1974-77) who had 358 career assists.

DeShawn Sims brought down eight rebounds at Wisconsin, matching a career best. Sims also had eight boards against Army on Dec. 28.

Ekpe Udoh set a career best with four free throws, hitting 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Udoh's previous best was two recorded against Purdue (Jan. 20).


Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker

On Wisconsin's second-half push being a little too much ... "It was. We certainly felt we got out of the blocks early with the initial stages of the game. We talked about it in the pregame show, (that) the value of the ball is my concern when we get on the road and we jumped out to a 9-0 lead and then turned the ball over repeatedly. I thought that really hurt us and we were within striking distance in the first half -- down by seven -- and even had a chance to cut that margin. We got a shot blocked at the end of the first half and certainly they came out of the blocks right after us in the start of the second half and things got away from us a little bit. (There are) a few things we're going to try and build on, but certainly our poise and composure, taking care of the basketball as we try to get ready for the Hoosiers in Bloomington."

On it seeming like Wisconsin's 'role players' or 'secondary players' hurt them ... "Well, we've always said that, when you're at home, players like that can really step forward and really contribute. When you're on the road, you need your better players - your seniors if you will if those are the better players on your ball club -- to play well for you. Certainly that was a formula that we were trying with our ball club. I thought their kids -- (Michael) Flowers, (Brian) Butch, (Marcus) Landry came off the bench (and) gave them solid play, solid minutes and were the difference in the basketball game."

On if he could sense the frustration from his players in regards to not getting foul calls ... "Well, we definitely got frustrated and it resulted in us losing our composure with Brent getting a technical foul and having the antics and the body language that he had and I think the officials were frustrated as well. But it was no question that the game was a little disjointed -- the game was physical -- and it was kind of chaotic at times where teams are whacking on each other trying to get to the foul line and making those physical kind of plays. But such is life in the Big Ten."

On if he feels the team can respond at Indiana on Saturday ... "I really do. This is not a pretty performance here tonight, but we've been able to regroup and respond and that's going to be our mantra here for the next 48 hours as we get ready to go to Bloomington."

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