2005-06 BKM vs. Miami (Fla.) -- Postgame Quotes
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Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker

On going back to New York ... "I feel great. We're going there with these guys and I'm so pleased that they've had the chance to get into the Final Four of this great tournament. I also wanted to say how impressed and pleased we were with the effort that our fans and our crowd gave us. I thought that their energy, their balance, their loud voices and everything that they provided us was certainly a big shot in the arm for this team here tonight."

On the win ... "I thought both teams displayed a lot of guts and hard work out there. We felt that if we could somehow get the lead on this team and maybe put them in position that maybe they'd want to call it a season [it would be easier], but they never did. They battled every step of the way. We had to finish the game strong. I was really impressed and pleased for our seniors. We talked about having another opportunity to finish their careers here at Crisler the right way with possibly a win. We didn't have the opportunity to do that against IU via the regular season, but we were fortunate to get this one tonight and they did a tremendous job to provide that for themselves and for the program."

On the free throws ... "We were talking about how we didn't get to the line as much as we wanted, nor did we convert the way we have in the past when we played Notre Dame. We felt that this was going to be a key for us tonight to be the aggressor and take it at them in the post. We were certainly still going to try to get that ball inside and beat the zone down the floor. Getting to the line, I thought Lester Abram in particular was the catalyst for that. He's so tough. He takes the ball right at people. He's not shying away from contact and then he got to the line and he was 10-for-10."

On being unselfish ... "With our team, it's amazing what we can accomplish when no one cares who gets the credit. That's the way our kids have played the last few days. They've played in that manner, they've practiced that way. We just told them, 'Let's continue to play as we've practiced.' That's been our "M-O" and that's the way it's been going for us."

U-M Senior Forward Chris Hunter

On winning his last home game ... "It feels great. It was a total team effort. The crowd was supporting us throughout the NIT. It feels good to get that bad taste out of our mouths from Senior Day."

On the balanced scoring attack ... "That's what we try to do. We want to be the most unselfish team out there offensively and defensively. Everybody was looking for the open shot for the team and guys did a good job of knocking it down."

U-M Senior Forward Graham Brown

On advancing to New York ... "It's a great feeling to go out on the win as a senior. We've played hard the last three games and now we have an opportunity to hang another banner."

U-M Senior Guard Daniel Horton

On the offense coming together ... "It's a matter of everybody being back and healthy. With Lester and Chris in the lineup, they give us options that we didn't have at first. It makes it a lot easier on everybody else. We're starting to get our chemistry back."

U-M Senior Guard Dion Harris

On the his success from the free throw line ... "Our whole team did good from the line. Daniel hit some big free throws and that was a big part in the outcome of the basketball game."

Miami Coach Frank Haith

On Miami's effort ... "I thought we had our chances and I felt we had opportunities. We missed some shots. Guillermo [Diaz] and Rob [Hite] usually make those wide-open looks. We missed some layups. During the first half we had some turnovers that were bad. Not only were they bad, they were untimely and unforced and were live balls, which [the Wolverines] were able to convert to baskets. Then at the end of the game when we had the ball and we were down five, we took an ill-advised shot. We did not give ourselves a chance on that possession and before you know it we were down by ten again. Give Michigan credit. They made the plays and they hit almost all their free throws. As our ball club gets better sometimes you have got to take baby steps. We cannot shy away from contact. We need to assert ourselves and get to the free throw line a little bit better."

Miami Junior Guard Guillermo Diaz

On the night's result ... "I am kind of disappointed. I wanted more. Life is tough sometimes and you have just got to keep going. You have got to be pleased with the stuff that we are doing. Miami has never done this kind of stuff before. At least for that I am proud, but I wanted to do more than we did this year. That is how it is going to be, but we have got a whole different team next year."

On Michigan's balanced offensive effort ... "They are a great team. They had all kinds of players taking shots. They came out tonight and played. They executed well. We had some things that we did not do well at the end. We have to give them credit because they came out and played. They are a good team; they are a very experienced team with a lot of juniors and seniors. You have got to respect that."


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