2006-07 BKM vs. Iowa -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker

On it being difficult to win when the team is having trouble making perimeter shots ... "You can't put it all on our guards; I thought our defense didn't carry us through the second half. I thought we came with a great energy to play the first 20 minutes. We were after it and I thought the score indicated that based on how we guarded and defended. I thought because we weren't making some shots it lets you down defensively. We didn't have the energy defensively in the second half and we kind of recaptured it at the end but it was too late to pull it out. But we didn't have a good shooting performance and it certainly didn't help us that our normal guys who we count on to score from the outside didn't carry us through today."

On not being able to rely on home court advantage against a team like Iowa ... "It certainly hurts a lot. We put a lot into this game coming into it; certainly coming off the two setbacks on the road (and were) gearing up for this one at home to stop the slide and we weren't successful in doing that. But now you really find out who we are and we've got to keep battling, fighting and clawing. I'm confident that our kids will do that as we try to get back on the winning side."

On what happened defensively in the second half compared to the first ... "I thought we had some breakdowns. I thought the offensive end really hurt us as much defensively; I keep saying that one end can help the other and it didn't happen for us this evening in the second half. I thought that our energy wasn't there defensively because we weren't making some of the shots offensively and we let it get away from us a little bit. They did a nice job; they made open shots C open threes C and certainly we didn't."

On Courtney Sims ... "I was really happy for him and pleased that he gave us that kind of effort. I thought he was sensational both halves and with his shot selection. I thought that was a big call there late on the offensive call when he was trying to get to the basket. But certainly an arguable call C it's questionable C it looked like he turned the shoulder into him but he was being the aggressor. He got to the foul line a lot, he rebounded the ball for us, and certainly we looked to get it to him. But we needed some help on the perimeter and it wasn't there for us." 

U-M Senior Center Courtney Sims

On establishing a strong inside presence early ... "Our guards did a good job penetrating and looking for me after they penetrated when my man was going towards them. They were doing a good job finding me when they were in the paint C making good passes. So a lot of those buckets in the first half were easy points."

On taking control and providing leadership ... "We have four seniors and I am one of the leaders on the team. That is our responsibility C to try to show the younger guys intensity and toughness. We obviously didn't do that in the second half."

On his reaction to the loss ... "We have got to just stay together. Next game us a big game for us. Obviously we did not expect to lose this game, especially at home, so next game is going to be a real big game for us. It was already a big game, and now this makes it even bigger."

U-M Fifth-Year Wing Lester Abram

On Iowa's second-half scoring run ... "I thought they did a good job running their sets in the second half. They basically went a little bit smaller and they were trying to bring our big men out to guard past the three point line. That is just not what they do. They were just taking advantage of open opportunities."

On what to take away from tonight's loss ... "You have just got to play the whole game out. We came in the first twenty minutes and everything was going well. We were playing good defense and getting the ball outside like we had planned to. In the second half, our defensive intensity was not there like it was in the first half. We can't have letdowns like that or we are going to lose games all the time."

Iowa Coach Steve Alford

On turning it around in the second half ... "I just think our guys did a good job of growing up in the second half. We had a lot of guys really mature. Seth Gorney, Tony Freeman, Justin Johnson C I thought those three in particular really showed a lot of good growth in the second half that really helped us. And obviously Tyler (Smith) and Adam (Haluska) were terrific. But we went with that group and we weren't going to sub. We decided to go with that group because we were really clicking in the second half. I think we went on a 20-1 run. Anytime you do that, somebody is building. We were doing some awfully good things offensively and defensively."

On Iowa's point guard position ... "We've been a little frustrated at that position. I thought Tony (Freeman) came in C he's been working awful hard. He was the difference in the game. He was absolutely magnificent in the second half, and hopefully he can build on this."

On Michigan's dominance in Crisler Arena ... "(Michigan) lost one in here, and that was to Georgetown. They haven't lost in the Big Ten up until today. They're a very senior-laden team. We had to do some pretty good things defensively, and I thought our guys did that."

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