2005-06 BKM vs. Minnesota -- Notes & Quotes


With the loss to Minnesota in the first round, Michigan is now 3-7 all time in Big Ten Tournament action after NCAA sanctions, but stands 6-8 all time.

Daniel Horton continues to lead the nation in free throw percentage after recording a perfect 2-for-2 from the charity stripe against Minnesota. He now holds a 93.7 percentage (121-for-129) in 28 games.

In his first game back since suffering an injury at Michigan State (Feb. 18), Chris Hunter recorded his 100th game in a Michigan uniform. He became the 36th Wolverine and 3rd this season to reach the century mark.

Chris Hunter returned to the lineup after missing three games due to a knee injury suffered at Michigan State (Feb. 18). In 13 minutes of playing time, Hunter recorded three points, three rebounds and two blocks.

Lester Abram returned to the lineup after missing 10 games due to an ankle injury suffered at Minnesota (Jan. 21). He saw 13 minutes of action, recording two points, three rebounds, two assists and one block.

Dion Harris recorded 16 points to lead the Wolverines against Minnesota, going 6-of-15 from the floor with four triples. It is his 15th game this season scoring in double figures. Harris now has made 11 three-point field goals in three games at Conseco Field House.

Courtney Sims and Ron Coleman have yet to miss a game in their Michigan careers. Sims has played in 93 straight games with 82 starts while Coleman has played in 59 straight games with 37 starts.


Michigan coach Tommy Amaker
Opening statement ... "It is certainly disappointing for us. Obviously, we have not played a good stretch of basketball here as of late. I thought this afternoon was a winnable game, obviously, for both teams. The way the game was structured, possession by possession, it was very difficult offensively for both squads. I thought, quite honestly, that the difference was our inability to take care of the basketball. I thought they were able to knock it off of us and get some easy baskets in transition. Because both teams were struggling to score, any easy basket you were able to get throughout this game seemed to be the difference. Certainly they had quite a few of those, at least it seemed like it, in the second half."

U-M Senior Guard Daniel Horton
On turnovers by Michigan backcourt ... "I don't think we were strong enough with the ball. I have to give them credit, they made some savvy plays in possessions where you're looking to make a pass, or feed the post and they'd get a hand on it (the ball). But, I think that comes back to us being tougher and being stronger with the ball and taking more pride handling the ball."

On NCAA Tournament chances ... "It's hard to think about that right now after such a disappointing loss and after we felt like we didn't play our best basketball. But, if we get that opportunity we have to make the most of it. We have to be prepared and be ready if our name gets called. We're hopeful that what we've done to this point is enough to help us get there, but we're not on any committees or anything like that. So, we'll just have to wait and see."

U-M Senior Forward Graham Brown
On making the NCAA Tournament ... "We don't necessarily know. We're not on any committees or any boards that make that kind of decision, we're just preparing for the best. We're just going to go out there, if we get the opportunity to do so, regroup and get ready to go. I think we have a chance, and if we get that chance, we have to go out there and play as hard as we can and know it's a 'one-loss time' again."

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