Michigan coach Tommy Amaker
On the defensive performance against Old Dominion ... "I thought that was the key for us. I was really impressed with the way we turned it up a notch, and really cranked it up a level. We certainly needed to do that. I thought they came out in the second half strong, especially with those three three-pointers in a row. We put the screws a little tighter after that. We had much more focus after that on the defensive end. Our defense was so much needed at that point in the game. I was really pleased and proud of our seniors for leading the way."
On the play of Courtney Sims and Ron Coleman ... "No question they were the two keys for us tonight. Courtney on the backboards, his tip dunks and just being a big presence in the post for us was tremendous. We saw a lot of things from him we have in the past, sometimes we don't always get that, but we certainly saw it from him tonight. Ronnie on the offensive glass and his tip-in baskets really took the wind out of the sails of Old Dominion. He just had an outstanding game throughout and really had some key moments for us when we needed a play."
On his Wolverine team never backing down and giving up throughout the game ... "It shows that these kids have continued to progress and continued to stay hungry. We were able to see that tonight. We have an opportunity to play for another championship. Any time when you play for that type of thing, for any program at any time, it is significant. Our players put us in that position tonight."
U-M Senior Guard Daniel Horton
On the whether ODU was used the physical play ... "They played pretty physical also, so I wouldn't say that they weren't used to the physicality. I think the way we stepped it up on defense after the first few minutes of the game was great for our team. I wouldn't say we stepped up the physicality, I just think we gave more effort and it paid off for us."
On the main reasons for Michigan's recent success ... "I think we're back to the three H's (happy, hungry and healthy) that Coach (Amaker) talked about at the beginning of the season. We've been sharing the ball a lot these past few games and that's resulted in some very good things for us."
On his foul on Brandon Johnson ... "I just tried to make a play on the ball. He beat me off the dribble and I saw that I didn't have any help, so I just tried to make a play and not give up two points. I wasn't trying to foul him that hard and I apologize to him if he took offense to it. When I went out, I had confidence in my teammates. Anybody we put out there is capable of playing well and extending the lead. I was very confident when I came out of the game.
On whether being in the NIT championship game feels the same as it did two years ago ... "It's a different feeling because I think we've had to overcome a lot more things than we did that year to be at this point. We've had to battle through injuries and some tough breaks that didn't go our way throughout the conference season. For us to be at this point and to battle through all this adversity means a lot to me. We want to end this season right."
U-M Senior Forward Graham Brown
On Michgan's defense tonight ... "In the first half we didn't come out as strongly on defense as we expected to. They hit a couple open shots. The same thing happened at the beginning of the second half; they hit three triples in a row. We just tried to lock them down on defense and not let them get any open shots and deter the ball into the post. We knew who our man was on defense and it really helped us out on the glass getting those rebounds."
On the play of Courtney Sims ... "Courtney Sims was phenomenal tonight. Sometimes he doesn't have the best games or he doesn't play the best out there. But tonight he was the difference-maker for us. He was the one that stretched our lead. He was a power down low and he did everything for us. He was getting rebounds and put-backs, he was strong down low and he even came out and shot the 18-footer for us tonight. He hasn't shown much of that this season, but he's a great player for us."
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