2004-05 BKM at Wisconsin -- Postgame Notes & Quotes


With Michigan's 76-50 loss to No. 20/20 Wisconsin, the Wolverines have extended their losing streak to nine games. The Maize and Blue currently have a 12-14 overall record with a 3-9 mark in conference action.

Michigan is now 81-52* all-time against Wisconsin. There is a total of nine (7-2)* games that were vacated due to NCAA sanctions.

Ashtyn Bell matched a career-best two assists against the Badgers. Bell has reached that mark on two other occasions.

Sherrod Harrell matched a career-best three assists against Wisconsin. Harrell set the mark against Boston University (Dec. 14).

Dion Harris played 40 minutes for the Wolverines for the fourth time in his young career. Harris' top mark in minutes played is 44 against Arizona (Nov. 24) in the Preseason NIT.

With 15 points against the Badgers, Dion Harris reached double figures in his third-consecutive game. Harris has scored in double figures for 39 of 60 games he has played at Michigan.

Dion Harris has played in 60 consecutive games for Michigan with 36 starts.

Courtney Sims recorded three blocks against Wisconsin to bump him to sixth on Michigan's all-time blocks list. The sophomore forward surpassed Terry Mills (1987-90), who previously held the spot with 111 career blocks. Sims currently has 113 blocks and needs 23 more to reach Josh Asselin (1997-2001), who is fifth all-time with 136.

With eight rebounds against Wisconsin, Courtney Sims reached and surpassed the 300-rebound mark in his young career. Sims currently has 304 boards.

Courtney Sims has played in 60 consecutive games for the Wolverines with 54 starts.


Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker

On the game ... "I thought at the early stage of the game, I thought we really struggled to put the ball in the basket. We missed close in shots, dunk opportunities, tip-in's and I thought they got out of the blocks early with shooting the three ball. I thought they put us on our heels, and it really went downhill from there for us. I thought our kids really lost whatever energy that we had and sometimes it's very hard to sustain that defensively, when you're struggling to score. I just thought we had some good opportunities earlier but we don't have a lot of margin for error. And things obviously didn't go our way, and Wisconsin has always been a team that makes you pay for any miscue or mistake. And they certainly did that tonight."

On how the Wolverines keep their heads up on this streak ... "While we're going to try to find ways to end it. We're not going to walk around with our heads down. And it's obviously a tough time for our team and our kids. We're not going stop trying. And I'm confident that our kids are going to continue along that path of trying."

On his thoughts of Mike Wilkerson ... "Take your pick, I think he has terrific hands, he has great instincts, he is very strong with what we call base and balance. He never seems like he is out of position or off balance. I think that's a key part of his game, he is always on balance. He scores inside and out. I think he is a terrific basketball player. I believe with his mind and his savvy that he certainly has terrific skills to go with that."

On whether the Wolverines had trouble boxing out ... "You can say that. I thought that they certainly out-scraped us on the glass. You know a lot of times it seems like we were right there to get the ball and went through our hands and went to one of their players. And I think you've all seen, when your team struggles those kind of things become very hard things to do and accomplish. I thought that was certainly the case for us where we were just making a simple play and grabbing the ball and getting possession of it, wasn't as simple as you would like to think it is."

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