2004-05 BKM vs. Iowa -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker

On losing the game in a difficult manner ... "It was. I feel really bad for our kids. They really played their hearts out. Both teams did, fighting for a lot of different reasons. I was disappointed that we didn't come out with a victory. We had some difficult situations to overcome, but I thought we had our chances. If there was anyone that we should look at in terms of blame or responsibility, it should be us in this locker room."

On the effort of the team ... "I am really proud of our kids and the effort they gave. I though they competed as hard as they could. We tried everything we possibly could. As a coach, and I mentioned this to our players, I could never ask anything more of them. I feel bad for them that we didn't come out on top with the victory, but certainly they gave every ounce of energy that they had to pull it out and so did Iowa. When you are in those situations, it is going to be the lose balls, a free throw here or there and it's going to be a possession-by-possession game. There are times we turned it over late when we had opportunities and we didn't cash in and they did. You just tip your hat to them and I hope they make it in the NCAA Tournament. I think they compete hard, they have good kids and we are fond of their staff."

On taking solace in the team effort ... "We felt that we've been doing that. It hasn't always been this close, but we haven't been disappointed. Maybe someone from the outside looking in, but we know our kids. We'll be the first to say when we don't think we gave good effort. I have been pleased with that and I am incredibly pleased this afternoon with that aspect of that, but also incredibly disappointed that we didn't get rewarded for that."

U-M Fifth-Year Senior J.C. Mathis

On Senior Day ... "It was very emotional. The fact that this game means its coming to an end and its your last home game. A lot of times you don't want your career to end but it comes to an end at some point. There were a lot of emotions going through my mind out there today."

On providing a spark, especially in the second half ... "I was just trying to look to contribute someway today to get a win and I just tried to crash the offensive glass and I got a few of them in the second half."

On playing at Michigan ... "I have a lot of good memories on and off the court. I've become a better player since I've been here. It's been a positive experience."

U-M Senior/Junior Guard Dani Wohl

On his aggressive play in his final home game ... "I gave everything I had out there and just played my heart out. It was the last time I got to run through the tunnel and I just wanted to leave it all on the court."

On his emotions on Senior Day ... "It's sad and happy. It's a new beginning but it's also the end of one phase of my life. It's tough to leave Michigan."

On his experience at Michigan ... "Unbelievable. Unbelievable experience. The most amazing thing of my life. I'm just so happy I had the opportunity."

U-M Sophomore Guard Dion Harris

On the game ... "I think down the stretch, we gave up some offensive rebounds and they capitalized on it and that was the main thing. Down the stretch, that is what happened. I think that is where we lost the game at."

On looking ahead to the Big Ten Tournament ... "The regular season is done and now we have a new season to go after and fight for the Big Ten title."

Iowa Coach Steve Alford

On the game ... "I thought our guys really did a good job. We've been awfully close, we've had overtime losses at Illinois and Northwestern. We just hadn't been able to get up over the hump and make plays. I think in the last 10 to 14 days, with the road win against Penn State, having the one possession win against Ohio State, and now the one possession win against Michigan, where we hadn't one, is just a great credit to our kids and their perseverance. I really appreciate what they have done and their efforts. We had a lot of different guys step up."

On overtime session ... "Anytime you go into overtime, especially offensively, if you score 11 points that is usually going to be enough. We play four minute games every day in practice. We want to hold our opponents to usually six or less, seven is ok every now and then, but you don't want to give up any more than that. It was a five minute game and we only gave up seven. Our defense was good, the offense was good and we made foul shots and we got key stops when we had to have them."

Iowa Junior Greg Brunner

On overtime strategy ... "Our team, we go to whoever is playing well. Tonight it happened to be me, except for the free throw line, although I made the two that counted. My shot felt good, but it didn't roll in for me. Jeff and the other guys did a great job hitting me in the post. That's why I like this team, whoever is hot we get them the ball."

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