2006-07 BKM at Minnesota -- Notes & Quotes



For the second season in a row, Michigan swept its regular season series with Minnesota.

With the 62-51 win at Minnesota, Michigan now has 19 wins on the season. With two regular season games remaining, it is the most wins the Wolverines have won in nine seasons, dating back to the 1997-98 season.

With the 62-51 win at Minnesota, Michigan improved to 77-62 (71-59*) all-time against Minnesota.

With the 62-51 win at Minnesota, Michigan won back-to-back games at the Golden Gophers home court for the first time in nearly 15 years. The last time U-M was two straight in Minneapolis was during the at the end of the 1989-90 season (77-73, Feb 15, 1990) and the following season 1990-91 (66-62, Jan. 31, 1991).

With Michigan holding Minnesota to just 51 points it marked the 18th time this season the Wolverines have held an opponent to 60-or-fewer points in a game. The Maize and Blue are now 16-2 when they accomplish the feat.

With 10 blocks at Minnesota, Michigan posted its fourth game this season with double-digit swats. The Wolverines lead the Big Ten with 178 total blocks for a 6.2 per game average.

Michigan used its strong perimeter defense to hold Minnesota's leading scorer Lawrence McKenzie to zero points. McKenzie was averaging 16.0 points per game to lead the Gophers. It was the first time in the season, McKenzie was held scoreless. His previous low was five, which he had twice. It was just the sixth time in his career he did not score in a game.

By playing at Minnesota, Courtney Sims and Ron Coleman each extended their consecutive game streaks for the Wolverines. Neither players has missed a game in their respective careers as Sims has played in 127 straight, while Coleman has played in 93 straight.

With his team-high 15-points at Minnesota, Dion Harris posted his 19th double-digit scoring outing of the season. He now has 81 total in his career. In fact, Harris has now scored in double-figures in 11 of his last 15 games.

With his 15 points, Dion Harris became the 17th Wolverine in history to surpass 1,500 career points. He now has 1,508 career points, which puts him at the No. 16 spot all-time at U-M, as he passed former teammate Bernard Robinson Jr. (1,505, 2001-04).

With his start at Minnesota, Lester Abram became the 17th Wolverine in history to his the century mark for starting nods. He now has exactly 100 in his career. He is the second U-M player to do so this season after Courtney Sims became the 16th player to do it after his start against Purdue (Jan. 20).. Sims has 106 career starts in his four years.

With his 14 points at Minnesota, Lester Abram produced his 13th double-digit scoring performances of the season. It also marked the 63rd of his career.

With his 14 points at Minnesota, Lester Abram pushed his career total to 1,222, which moved him up three spots on U-M's all-time list as he is now No. 30 all-time. With his performance, he passed Robert Traylor* (1,210, 1996-98), Richard Rellford (1,211, 1983-86) and Chris Webber* (1,218, 1992-93)

With his 14-points at Minnesota, Ekpe Udoh tied a career-best for a single game performance. He also had 14 points at Ohio State (Feb. 6). It is his fourth career double-digit scoring performance.

With his four blocks at Minnesota, Ekpe Udoh now has 62 total blocks on the season. He is the first freshman to surpass 60 blocks in their first season since current teammate Courtney Sims had 68 total blocks during his first year with the Wolverines (2003-04). Udoh now has 20 multi-block games this season.

Jerret Smith posted a career-best nine rebound at Minnesota. He topped his pervious best of six which he had against Purdue (Jan. 20). It marks just the fifth game in his career with five-or-more rebounds in a game.

Jerret Smith played in a career-best 35 minutes at Minnesota. He passed his previous best mark of 33 minutes, which he had twice in his career C against Indiana (Feb. 17) and Army (Dec. 28).

With his three blocks at Minnesota, Brent Petway moved into the fifth spot on U-M's all-time list. Petway now has 140 in his career as he passed Maceo Baston (1995-98), who has 138 in his career.


Michigan coach Tommy Amaker

On the effort of the team in the win over Minnesota ... "Our defense in the first half was very active. I thought even though we were only up by one possession, a three-point margin at the halftime break, I thought the way we played defense in the first half, even though Abu-Shamala made some shots and kept them in it, I was impressed with how active we were defensively to start the game. That is the way we wanted to start it. I thought we wore them down as the game went on."

On hold Minnesota's Lawrence McKenzie to no points and the aggressive play of Lester Abram ... "It was terrific to see Lester score. He was slashing to the basket, making some plays offensively for us. But more importantly, the defense by Dion (Harris), Lester, Jerret (Smith), Jevohn (Shepherd), Reed (Baker), all the kids on the perimeter that had to switch off on (Lawrence) McKenzie. You cannot say enough about their effort. He (McKenzie) is a dynamite offensive player He had one of those games, and one of those afternoon's, like Dion had in Champaign. It is very tough for their team to do very well without him scoring and the same can be said for us."

On the play of Jerret Smith ... "He is the only guy that I singled out when I was speaking to the team after the game. I was very impressed with his game management for us. How he was able to rebound the ball for us, which was very, very impressive. That is more rebounds than I ever had in a whole season as a player. But I will tell you what, for that kid to play the way he did, we needed that. We talked to him about how we needed him to be more of a quarterback for us. He did everything for us. He got people the ball, he orchestrated our offense, he scored when he had the opportunity to do so and he  really took care of the basketball."

On seeing the kids respond to a must-win situation ... "We were playing for a lot. We talked about that. We recognized that. I thought they played in that matter. They played as if there was a lot at stake for us. I am proud of them for doing that on the road. I don't know what happened around the league today, but not many teams have more than two road victories other than Wisconsin and Ohio State. Having two for us, with the way our league has gone, I am very proud of our kids. And ... I told our kids we are the first team in over nine years to have over 18 victories in the regular season and we still have two to go."

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