Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker
Opening statement ... "It was a possession-by-possession game. Both teams competed very hard. I am proud of the effort that our kids displayed. We were down by double digits and we really fought back and clawed our way into it. The turnover margin was one of the biggest things that worked against us, along with their ability to cash in when we did turn the ball over. I thought these three kids (Graham Brown, Courtney Sims, Dion Harris) played their hearts out. Courtney Sims may have played one of his better games since he has put on a Michigan uniform. We needed every bit of it."
On whether he was encouraged by the heart and intensity of his team in these last two games ... "We are obviously disappointed that we were unable to pull the games out. On that side of it, it is still a loss on our record and a loss for the team. But, as you mentioned, you have to look at the whole and search for things you can build on. I was really pleased with that (the team's heart and intensity), and we really talked about that as a team. It has been a tough year for all of us, but I think that these kids have shown the kind of heart and character they have by the way they kept fighting."
On Courtney Sims' play and the causes of the team's post problems ... "Cohesiveness as a team is one of the things we have really struggled with. We have struggled with pressure, making shots from the perimeter, and making plays. It loosens things up when your guards can make some plays. That is one of the things that have really hurt our post players. We have not had the necessary pieces to help our post players. On Courtney's play, I was most impressed with his ability to make free throws."
U-M Sophomore Courtney Sims
On how much last game's performance was a motivator ... ""I didn't want this to be our last game. Just wanting to win was a motivating factor. The Big Ten Tournament is a motivator."
U-M Freshman Ron Coleman
On the game ... "I think we all battled. Northwestern played a great game. They came out scrappy in the second half and made us turn it over a couple of times. Overall, we gave a great effort. It's unfortunate that we couldn't make the plays in the end to get a win."
On the team's outlook for next season ... "We've been through a lot this season with having players out, but we just have to improve and get better. We look forward to doing that."
U-M Sophomore Brent Petway
On the loss ... "It was just a tough, tough loss. Everyone came out today and battled. Especially J.C. (Mathis) and Dani (Wohl) being seniors, going out like that, they gave us everything they had. Courtney (Sims) had a big game for us. Sometimes in the end, the ball doesn't bounce your way and you have to live with it."
On his reflections of the season ... "I just have to give credit to all of the guys in this room because as bad as the season got, no one in this room ever quit. Everytime we came to practice there was never a defeated look on anyone's face. I just have to give credit to the team for having that kind of spirit."
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423