2003-04 BKM at Indiana -- Notes & Quotes


Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker
On tonight's game and U-M's NCAA Tournament hopes ... "I think we're in a mode where every win is critical. If we can muck out a few more before the season is over, I still think we'll have an opportunity. We lost an opportunity here tonight against a team that has struggled to win at home. We knew it was going to be a challenge, because they were probably going to bounce back. We thought defending the three-point line was going to be critical, and they made eight three-pointers. I thought that was the difference in the game. We fouled them; we bailed them out if you will, in a lot of end-of-clock situations, and put Bracey Wright on the line when the shot clock was running down. I thought those were the critical aspects of the game. A.J. Moye played his normal tough game with 15 rebounds, and we weren't very tough. I wish I knew how else to describe it. I didn't think that we were very tough at the moments we needed to be. We were missing free throws when they were there for us, and we certainly didn't have a good performance out of Bernard (Robinson Jr.). I thought this was clearly one of the worst games he's played all year, and we're not going to win many games on the road without having Bernard Robinson show up."

On what went wrong ... "I thought we had some good shots at times. We didn't shoot a great percentage in the second half, but neither team shot the ball particularly well. I thought the difference was that they got some shots off the backboard to allow them to score a few, and certainly their threes. We didn't shoot it well and I wish we could have a chance to redo this, but this one is gone, and we've got to get to the next one and see if we can win at Northwestern."

On the upcoming game at Northwestern ... "It's obvious that we need some work. For whatever reason, when we've gotten out of the comfort of Crisler (Arena), we've been something of a different team. We weren't able to get many fast-breaking opportunities, something that we usually do a lot. In a game like tonight, we didn't have many fast-break points. I'm hoping that we can address that and figure out where we can get better stops and push the ball and look to score in transition. We didn't have that tonight. Certainly Northwestern is not an easy team to prepare for, but we'll have a lot of time to do that. It'll be a tough game for us at their place, as they're fighting for the postseason themselves."


Michigan has now dropped six straight games against the Hoosiers. U-M's last win against Indiana came on Jan. 9, 2001, a 70-64 victory at Crisler Arena. Michigan's last road win against IU was on Jan. 24, 1995.

Michigan's starters were Courtney Sims, Graham Brown, Bernard Robinson Jr., Daniel Horton and Lester Abram.

Michigan has held its opponent to fewer than 70 points in 19 of 26 games this season.

Lester Abram, Courtney Sims and Daniel Horton all finished in double figures tonight. Michigan has had at least three players score in double digits in 19 of 26 games this season.

With three rebounds tonight, Bernard Robinson Jr. is now tied with Dennis Stewart (1966-69) for 24th place on U-M's all-time rebounds list, passing Josh Asselin (1997-2001) and Maurice Taylor (1994-1997). Robinson has 595 rebounds for his career.

With Daniel Horton's two swipes in tonight's contest, he extended his streak to 18 games with at least one steal. Horton currently holds 55 for his young career.

With 13 points tonight, Lester Abram has now scored in double figures in 18 of 26 games this season and 34 of 56 career contests.

Brent Petway had a career-high two steals against the Hoosiers.

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