U-M Coach Tommy Amaker
On the key to the victory over Oregon ... "We've been playing really well lately and our confidence is at an all-time high. Defensively, our range and athleticism allowed us to bother their shooters. I thought it was a complete team effort by our ball club, especially on the defensive end."
On the strategy of defending Luke Jackson ...
Horton matched a career high with nine assists and added a team-best 15 points.
"We tried different match-ups against him and rotate different players on him. I thought we were able to wear him down. We didn't give him anything easy and we wanted to make sure that if he was going to score against our team defense, then he would have to earn it."
On what the team needs to do to win the championship ... "It certainly is going to take that kind of team effort. Having the balance that we've had the past few games will be critical for us. I think that's when we become a very dangerous team, a team where you can't key on one or two guys because there are many other weapons that can hurt you. I think the team is starting to feel that and is playing really unselfish right now."
Senior Bernard Robinson Jr.
On the importance of getting their shot going against Oregon ... "It was definitely important for us to establish. We had our inside game going early and once our outside game got going, we were able to knock down some shots in transition. I think we did a great job of defending them around the perimeter and I think that helped us as well."
On defending Luke Jackson ... "He's very tough and very smart out there. He's not a player who is going to rush anything. He can penetrate inside but he can also pass. It was going to be a load to try to stop him, but I think my teammates helped me out a lot and helped me contain him."
On the strengths of Rutgers ... "Their guards are really fast and they can shoot. We have to make sure that we get out on them on every shot and make sure we get back on defense because they are a very explosive team."
Sophomore Daniel Horton
On the Michigan's great play during the postseason ... "Lately, we have been putting together some complete games and today's game goes right in that category. We got out-rebounded in the first half, but we came out after halftime and really tried to get on the glass. Coach (Amaker) challenged our big guys to get on the boards and I think the difference-maker was limiting them to just one shot."
On the keys to their success against the Ducks ... "I thought our ball movement was great. We've been playing really unselfish and our guys are getting the open looks. We've been able to knock down those shots as of late, and I think you can contribute that to being in the gym and working on it."
On the changes he has noticed in the team as of late ... "I think we're finally getting to the point where we're just getting better and better and where we're competing every night. We're really concentrating on giving it our all on the defensive end and I think it's really starting to pay off for us."
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