2003-04 BKM vs. Oklahoma -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker

Opening statement ... "I told the team that not many teams are still playing in college basketball and we are very fortunate to still be in that group. It was an outstanding atmosphere for our team. I have to give Oklahoma a lot of credit. They lost one of their top players and battled hard right to the end. They are a very scrappy and tough team, but we were able to hit free throws and that was one of the keys for us. It was a very good team effort. I am very pleased for our team to get our 20th win in our college season this year."

On Chris Hunter ... "I thought that Chris' minutes were big for us. His effort, free throw shooting and rebounding were big. He has played very well since he came back from his injury."

On Daniel Horton ... "He hit a couple big shots down the stretch that were similar to what he did against Missouri in our previous game."

On the crowd ... "It is really a nice atmosphere. Our players are talking about it. I am hoping that maybe this can be a springboard for the program in the future. If we can continue to do our job on the floor, I think good things will happen for us in that regard."

On using his more mobile post players ... "We really did a nice job with Brent (Petway) when we played our zone. He is just really active and long and he can move. I thought their zone was really hurting our interior game with Courtney (Sims) and Graham (Brown) on the floor. So we went with our guys who are a little bit more mobile. I thought it worked well tonight, but we certainly need Courtney and Graham in our next ballgame."

On Daniel Horton's defense on Drew Lavender ... "One of the keys for us was to contain that young man. He is quick and he is tough and we did not give him lanes to the basket. I though our length at times distracted him."

On playing the next round of NIT ... "It is a quick turnaround. We need to get rested and get ready for our next team, and we don't know who that is right now. We are very proud of that. I said before there are not many basketball teams that are still practicing right now and have the chance to play. We are fortunate to be one of those teams."

On hosting three straight postseason games ... "We were fortunate to get the home games. We are confident when we play here. In terms of getting postseason victories, I think it is going to do worlds of wonders for the confidence of our kids. Having been there myself and being part of that as a player you can't even image the amount of confidence this team is going to feel months and years to come."

U-M Senior Forward Bernard Robinson Jr.

On the game ... "I think it was a well-played game. Their team is very physical and scrappy, and I think we had to dig deep and make some free throws late. I think we did a good job of that. I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates. They stepped in and knocked down free throws and shots. Daniel (Horton) stepped up big. They played us tough, but we were ready for them."

On Oklahoma's scoring drought in the first half ... "It was definitely defense. We beat them to their spots where they wanted to go. We played good interior defense helping down low, and I think we did good. On the other end they did really well on us, too, making us get out of our offense and holding us down."

On advancing to the next round ... "It's big. Not a lot of teams are playing right now, and we are fortunate to be one of the teams that are still playing and surviving. We have another game at home in two days, and we have to be ready for that."

U-M Sophomore Guard Daniel Horton

On the win ... "It's a good win, a great atmosphere. Oklahoma's a good team in a good conference and it's another big win for this program."

On maintaining composure in the second half ... "We knew they were going to make a run at it. They are a good basketball team, they are not going to go down without a fight. They made a couple big shots and made their free throws. They kept themselves in the game, but we kept our composure."

On the team's confidence ... "I think we have a lot of confidence. I think over the last month or so we've been gaining confidence and we've been playing well. We didn't win a couple of those ballgames, but we thought we were getting better and we're still getting better, so that's helping our confidence."

U-M Freshman Guard Dion Harris

On Oklahoma's run to start the second half ... "I think they were just outplaying us. They were playing harder than us when they went on that run. Obviously we made some turnovers. We weren't taking care of the ball as much and we took some bad shots. It was important for us to come out in the second half and be sharper on offense and defense."

On crowd support ... "It was great, I think one of the largest crowds we've had all year. They were behind us, and obviously that helped us out because we were at home."

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