N O T E S
Michigan's 54-42 loss at Illinois marked the 149th meeting between the two teams. Michigan is now 69-80 all-time (65-76* NCAA Sanction) against the Fighting Illini.
Michigan's 42 points at Assembly Hall marks the lowest point total for the Wolverines this season. U-M's previous low was 44 at Michigan State.
Michigan kept its starting lineup from Saturday's (Feb. 17) game against Indiana: Jerret Smith, Dion Harris, Lester Abram, Brent Petway and Ekpe Udoh.
Courtney Sims has not missed a game in his U-M career, playing in 126 straight; teammate Ron Coleman has played in 92 straight games for the Maize and Blue.
With nine rebounds at Illinois, Courtney Sims moved into 15th on Michigan's all-time rebounding list with 682. Sims reached and surpassed Cazzie Russell (1964-66, 676), Butch Wade (1983-86, 678) and Terry Mills (1988-90, 681).
Jerret Smith matched a career-best four field goals at Illinois in addition to setting a career-best with nine field goal attempts. Smith's surpassed his previous best of eight attempts set against Georgetown on Dec. 30.
Ekpe Udoh's two blocks at Illinois give him 19 multi-block games this season. Udoh currently has 58 blocks.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker
On boxing out and turnovers being two of the keys heading into this game ... "We certainly felt they were going to be big components in this ballgame and we proved it to be correct in the mindset of knowing that those were the areas that we had biggest concerns. I'm disappointed that we weren't able to do a better job in those two categories in taking care of (the ball) and then certainly trying to box out and limit them to one shot. So we didn't get it done; we didn't accomplish what we came here to do with those two areas being of our major concerns. So it's disappointing as we try to get ready for our next one in Minneapolis."
On successfully taking the Fighting Illini emotionally out of the game at the start, but allowing them back into it to start the second half ... "There's no question. It was a four-point ballgame at the half and I thought they jumped on us right (away). We had the ball at the start of the second half and we turned it over. I thought our heads went down right away C a little quick C and (Rich) McBride got loose a couple times there in the second half. I thought it was an early two he had and then he hit a big three. He gets it going; gets the crowd involved in it. Both teams were struggling from the offensive end, but when you have those runs like they had, that becomes the difference."
On if Michigan was good enough defensively to win the game since Illinois shot just 35 percent from the floor ... "No question that we held them to a low field goal percentage but (we also allowed) them so many opportunities to get second-chance points and (they got) to the foul line a few more times than we did. Certainly having a kid like McBride who can make a three or so can hurt you. I thought (Brian) Randle's three at the end of the shot clock that he put up was a big one as well. So they made some tough ones, they earned it in that way, but it's disappointing in the way that we gave up second-chance opportunities."
On what he thought of his seniors after this game ... "As we've said before: we need our seniors to play well for us to be successful and Dion didn't have a good offensive game. Lester didn't have many opportunities himself with 31 minutes C one field goal attempt, 0-1 from the floor. So we didn't get production on the offensive end that we're certainly going to need from two of our guards and two of our better players."
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