2005-06 BKM vs. Texas-El Paso -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan coach Tommy Amaker

On the mental state of the team ... "I was very pleased. I felt [before the game] that our kids were going to come with some energy, some fight and some spirit. We needed that. I thought defensively we were active -- very active. We played a lot of players. We kept them fresh and I thought that was the difference for us being active and energized on the defensive end. They had fun playing but the spirit, their mentality was, that they were in this tournament. We're still playing, we're excited about that and we're trying to say that we're in it to win it."

On why he chose to play more guys and how the players felt about it ... "I think they liked it. We've practice that way for the last couple days and we started a different lineup with all seniors and we came with another five of grouping of players -- younger players. But certainly it's been a way that we've practiced. Our kids enjoyed it and we thought it could be very helpful in trying to maintain a certain level of intensity out of the floor defensively. And I thought they certainly did that for us."

On the statistics ... "I was very pleased with that. I've said so many times that we didn't take care of the ball; silly turnovers and how unfortunate things were because we couldn't handle the ball. And we've been talking about it, we've worked on it, but we've always tried to be an unselfish team. Tonight we made some shots to make it look even better to have some assists to go with those opportunities. So I thought those were good moments for us."

U-M Senior Guard Daniel Horton

On the offense coming together ... "We got back to pushing the ball and taking care of the ball. I think we took care of the ball pretty well tonight and we got the ball inside and got some easy baskets."

On the defensive effort ... "We wanted to get back to playing Michigan basketball. I think as you go throughout the course of the Big Ten season, you kind of get away from what you're trying to do because of the game plan and the scouts. Now were playing out-of-conference opponents and we have a chance to get back playing the way we want to play."

U-M Senior Forward Chris Hunter

On the first round win against UTEP ... "It was a great game for us. It felt good to get out there and play, especially for a guy like me, I missed my senior day here so it was good to have another game on our home court."

On his performance ... "I just wanted to go out and be aggressive. Early in the game we wanted to get it down low because we thought we had an advantage down there. I just wanted to make the most of my opportunities because the guards were looking for me."

U-M Junior Forward Brent Petway

On his energetic performance of the bench ... "All of the guards were looking for me. Coach called a couple plays for the lob and when you get out-of-conference, teams don't know your plays as well. I have to give credit to our guards because they were throwing it up and I was just trying to go up and get it."

On advancing to the next round ... "It's just good to advance in the tournament. We're not worried about the NCAA Tournament anymore. If you advance in this tournament, you get to play on the big stage in New York and even on Monday we'll be on a big stage so that's exciting."

UTEP coach Doc Sadler

On his team's season ... "Not only are they great basketball players, but come Christmas of next year every one of those guys will have graduated. You can win a lot of basketball games with character. Not only do they have character, but they are good players. That is the reason that we have won the games we have won. I cannot say enough about those guys."

On Michigan ... "You cannot beat a team as good as Michigan without your full team. Michigan played hard. They have a very good basketball team. I can talk about size, weight, athleticism, talent, they have got it all. With just one or two different games, they would not be playing tonight."

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