N O T E S
Michigan faced the No. 1 team in the country for the 21st time in the school's history and now holds a 1-20 record all-time in games against the nations top-ranked team.
With the loss, Michigan evened its all-time series with UConn to 1-1. The Wolverines and Huskies only other meeting was 70 years ago in a neutral-site game in White Plains, N.Y. -- a 62-45 U-M win on Dec. 18, 1939.
Michigan forced UConn into 17 turnovers, nearly setting a season high for the Huskies. UConn had 18 at St. John's on Jan. 15 and at West Virginia on Jan. 6.
Stu Douglass made it back-to-back games scoring a career best as he closed with a career-high 20 points. He closed the game 7-of-10 from the field with a 6-of-8 performance from long range -- all are career bests except his eight three-point attempts. He had nine against Ohio State on Jan. 17.
With his career-best 20 points, Stu Douglass becomes the fourth Wolverine to post a 20-plus point effort this season. The list also includes Manny Harris, who has 10, DeShawn Sims, who has five, and Zack Novak, who has one.
With his 15-point night, Manny Harris has now scored in double figures in 19 games this season and in 47 in his career. He continues to lead the Wolverines in scoring with 17.5 points per game and climbs closer to the 1,000-point mark for his career; he now has 937 in his two-year career.
With his start against UConn, Manny Harris has now started all 56 games in his Michigan career. He is currently the only Wolverine on the roster to start and play in every game during his career.
C.J. Lee started for the Wolverines for the third straight game. He tied a career-best four assists for the second straight contest. It marked the third time this season he has reached four helpers and the fifth time in his career. He also set a career high with 31 minutes of action.
By not playing against UConn, Kelvin Grady missed his first career game and snapped his 55-game streak. Until tonight, Grady had seen action in every game in his two seasons.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
Opening statement... "It was a great basketball game; (Connecticut) really plays with just great speed, yet control. When they get you back on your heels just enough the momentum can change and they can score some quick points on you. (Hasheem ) Thabeet is a big story in his game obviously, but (Jeff) Adrien -- you can box him out, you can do whatever you want, but he is just on a mission to get the ball and gets rebounds. I still remember when I was at West Virginia when he was a freshman, we couldn't stop him then and now he has grown up even more; he is a wonderful player. Their guards do a great job of knowing who should have the ball where and then complimenting outside play with the obvious presence of the big fella (Thabeet)."
On the disappointment of coming close to pulling an upset... "It doesn't hurt. You are disappointed, but pain is not an issue here. What you have to do is say 'okay, here is where we are and here are the things we have to do to get better.' Our kids know that this was a great opportunity for them to play against a wonderful team. Now we turn around, try to rest up and get our great rival (Michigan State) on Tuesday."
On dealing with the road environment... "I feel pleased that our team is growing and (learning) what it takes to win on the road. A lot is said on the league's going back and forth. I've been in the Big East, it's a heck of a league and this is a heck of a venue. But I have been to Illinois, Purdue and Indiana and those are some pretty good venues as well. Our kids enjoyed the experience, but they would have liked to have won."
On the play of Stu Douglass... "He is a guy that not only shoots from three but can shoot from (deep) range, and that is a huge thing for us. Without him tonight, it would have been a 15- or 18-point game. The good news is that our other guys are still better than they are shooting right now. The freshman wall might have hit a couple of guys with their legs a little bit, but when they break out, they are going to break out."