Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker
Opening statement ... "Obviously they were a very talented, very deep team, and every time we tried to put more game pressure on them they certainly had an answer. Obviously with (Greg) Oden on the interior for their team, they could always throw it in there, and we didn't do a good enough job pushing him further from the block. I give them credit. I thought we did some tremendous things on the glass and a lot of second-chance opportunities, but certainly not enough offensive firepower to put more game pressure on their ballclub."
On defending Oden in the second half ... "We had a strategy playing their team the two previous times. We haven't been a team that has actually doubled too much in the post. I thought that if we could make him score over the top of us (we could have success). We didn't do a good enough job pushing him further out from the basket. I thought his post position was so deep it put us at a disadvantage. We liked the strategy we had. We've been in striking distance with this ballclub and I thought we had opportunities. Every time it seemed we had one, we couldn't push it over the top. We certainly felt we had a solid strategy at going at Ohio State."
On the team's shooting performance ... "Obviously we didn't shoot the ball well in this tournament, yesterday nor today. I thought our guards, in particular, took the majority of our shots and didn't shoot well from the outside. I don't have an answer right now on what they would have done differently. (Shooting) 41 percent (in the first half) is not lighting it up, so I'm not sure they changed much. I thought we missed a few opportunities; we missed a few chances to get a layup when we had a fast-break opportunity. No excuses, we didn't shoot the ball well and it certainly hurt us."
On his speech to the team at halftime ... "We thought we had a chance to close the gap. We did a tremendous job on the glass and we could continue that in the second half. Our ability to box them out was going to be critical. Our kids were doing that for us. I thought we could attack their zone, I thought we were playing too much out on the perimeter, not working the ball in then working it out for shots. We concentrated on doing those three or four things and that was pretty much what we talked about at halftime."
On not playing a transition game with such a rebounding advantage ... "We wanted to see if we could get easy buckets. They're hard to score against in the half-court set. They're big and physical and deep, especially across the front line, so we felt if we could get out on the floor and get a fast-break opportunity to get an easy bucket early, we certainly wanted that. It obviously wasn't the case for us today."
U-M Senior Guard Dion Harris
On the difference between the two games against Ohio State ... "I don't know. I thought we didn't shoot the ball well and that had something to do with it. Not to take anything away from them, I thought they did a good job shutting down some driving lanes for us, things like that. Looking at the field goal numbers, I don't think we shot that well."
On the mood in the locker room ... "Of course we're disappointed. This was a big game for us in the Big Ten Tournament. With us, we've always done a good job of taking it in and looking at what happened in games before and then moving on. Addressing things and moving on."
On his shooting performance ... "If you look at the stat sheet, I didn't shoot particularly well. I don't think I did a good job going to look for shots and make sure I worked hard for the open shots like I had in previous games."
U-M Senior Forward Brent Petway
On the success in getting offensive rebounds ... "I wouldn't say it was so much an adjustment as it was giving it a little more effort, tipping a lot of balls out, our guards being a little more alert, I believe, and grabbing the balls when we were able to get in there and tip them out. I think the whole season we've gone to the glass pretty hard. That's an emphasis we have in our program, to rebound both offensively and defensively."
On playing defense against Greg Oden ... "He's a load. He's a great player. He has his size and he knows how to use it. It's tough to match up with him and not foul. You just have to give him credit. He knows how to play the game and use his size."
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