N O T E S
In his final collegiate game C.J. Lee posted his first career double-figure scoring game with an 11-point effort against Oklahoma. He went 3-for-6 from the field, including a 2-for-4 performance from long range, and 3-for-3 on free throws. He added four rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes.
In addition to C.J. Lee, senior David Merritt and Jevohn Shepherd played in their final game at Michigan against Oklahoma. The Wolverines also bid farewell to senior managers A.J. Gravlin, Michael Harary, Andrew Farrar and Nick Fiani.
Anthony Wright came off the bench in the first half with Manny Harris in foul trouble and scored 12 of his 14 points in the first stanza. It marked the second time this season and the eighth time his career he has scored in double figures. He finished the game 5-for-7 from the field, with a 3-for-4 showing from long range.
After getting called for two early fouls and playing only five minutes in the first half, Manny Harris closed the game with 11 points, giving him 26 games scoring in double digits this season. He closed his sophomore season with 590 points to lead U-M with a 16.9 per game average and has 1,106 career points. He became the 43rd Wolverine, the sixth U-M sophomore and the 27th sophomore in the Big Ten to surpass 1,000 career points.
DeShawn Sims' 14 points against Oklahoma was his 30th game this season scoring in double figures. He closed his third season with a career-best 15.4 points per game. He became the 44th Wolverine -- and second player this season, joining Manny Harris -- to surpass 1,000 career points, ending the season with 1,048. He also led U-M in rebounding with 6.8 per game and finished his third season with 486 rebounds, 14 away from U-M's 500-rebound club.
With a final free throw percentage .757 (412-for-544), Michigan set a new school single-season record. It broke the mark of 75.4 percent (385-for-509) set during the 2001-02 season.
Michigan also smashed the U-M records for three-point field goals and three-point field goal attempts in a season with a 305 makes on 912 attempts. The previous records were 260 makes in 1997-98 and 731 attempts in 2007-08.
Manny Harris has started all 67 games in his Michigan career. He is the only Wolverine on the roster that has started and played in every game of his career. Stu Douglass is the only other Wolverine to have not missed a game, playing in 35 straight contests, with 23 starts.
Michigan made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 11 years. Overall, it marked the 21st "Big Dance" the Wolverines have played in their history. U-M has a 42-20 (35-16*) record all-time in NCAA Tournament games.
U-M head coach John Beilein made his fifth appearance in the Division I NCAA Tournament; overall it is his sixth after taking LeMoyne to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 1988. Beilein has a 7-5 record in Division I tournament games.
Beilein is one of seven different head coaches all-time to take four different schools to the Division I NCAA Tournament. Other names on the list include: Lefty Driesell, Jim Harrick, Lon Kruger, Rick Pitino, Eddie Sutton and Tubby Smith.
* indicates marks adjusted by NCAA sanctions
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
Opening statement... "I just glanced at the stat sheet a little bit. We tried everything we could to stop Blake (Griffin). We couldn't stop him obviously the way we would like to stop him, but I actually thought their point guard (Austin Johnson) with his long threes was a big dagger at times for us. I'm very proud of our guys. They played as hard, as well as we could tonight, and I think we're a better team than we played tonight, but it just didn't work that way."
On Blake Griffin... "First of all, once again, I do not want to diminish how good this man is. Oklahoma is terrific. I mean, when you have guards that can shoot like that, your small forward gets six assists and his brother, who we don't hear a lot about, Taylor, he can start for any team in the country. He's a tremendous player. It's tough to defend all those things. Like I said, he might have had those 33 points and 17 rebounds and we might have won the game because of the fact that they didn't have any outside shooting because you can afford to do a lot more like that. That is a tremendous team. He's a tremendous player."
On wanting the team to savor the successes of this season... "Yes, but I want today's feeling to linger a bit. I want them to know that, first of all, they were a few breaks and a few shots away from going to the Sweet 16. Even though it got away in the second half, if we had a couple other shots drop and a couple breaks go our way, we could be continuing on. I want them to feel that a little bit because we need to continue to grow and the hunger is very good at this time. Satisfaction, it's nice to feel you accomplished something, but we want to continue the hunger for us to get Michigan past this stage."
On saying goodbye to his seniors... "It's hard. We had some Kleenexes out in [the locker room]. I don't want to single anybody out because they're all the same. They've all given us louder leadership, quieter leadership. They have been virtually no-maintenance, team-first guys from the very beginning, and that allows you, especially when everybody else is so young, that really allows you to focus on the growth of the other guys on the team."
On the experience gained by the younger players... "All our freshmen have had ups and downs, but really I thought the three freshmen have had a great year. This was a great moment for them to learn, and I know that those three guys will be in the gym like crazy, as well as Manny (Harris), Anthony (Wright) and DeShawn (Sims) will be in the gym like crazy to get better. But it was really good that we got them to experience that. I talked before about some of the programs that I admire in the Big Ten that do not know what it's like not to go to the NCAA Tournament. They just push through all the things and they see togetherness, teamwork and right attitude can get there. That's how I want our freshmen to feel. The reason they got there was about a team concept."
U-M Fifth-Year Senior C.J. Lee
On hanging tough against the seventh-ranked team in the country... "I'm definitely proud of our guys and program. I'm proud of the possibility of where we can go -- these guys did not stop until it was all the over. That's all you can ask as a senior of your fellow teammates. That's all a coach can ask of his players. So, I'll remember that forever."
U-M Junior Forward DeShawn Sims
On the season as a whole... "As players we set expectations and set NCAA every day, knowing that if you say something enough that it can happen. It was almost a dream because the expectations were high, but we weren't sure where we could go, and I'm not sure if other people thought that we would be in this position. We felt in our minds that if we worked hard, something had to pay off. The season -- we were a win away from the Sweet 16. It doesn't get any sweeter than that for a team that finished 10-22 last year. It's a lot to build on, and it's a long ways away from the next season."
U-M Junior/Sophomore Forward Anthony Wright
On his play in the first half... "DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris, their names are highlighted on every single scouting report. So just having guys like that, it draws away from everybody else a little bit. Manny got his second foul with about 15 minutes left, and I knew somebody had to step up with the scoring role. I just took the shots that Coach would want me to take."