2006-07 BKM vs. Michigan Tech -- Postgame Quotes


Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker

On the team's defensive play ... "We have really worked hard to become a good team defensively. We are basing our identity on the defensive end and I think you can see the effort our kids have put forth in both games so far. We have had two different styles of opponent with a little bit smaller of a team in Wayne State and larger team this afternoon. I was really pleased with the effort that we gave on the defensive end as a group. I think the kids really enjoyed that because it leads to fun things in transition."

On getting everyone playing time ... "We had a really good opportunity for us to get playing time for all of our players. I was pleased that even some of our non-scholarship kids were able to get some minutes for us today. I think our kids really value their time on the floor."

On the play of Lester Abram and Dion Harris ... "I am happy to see that they are off to a good start. They are in a pretty good rhythm. They are veteran guys, older guys and they are in pretty good shape after taking the conditioning very seriously. I think that shows out on the floor."

On the team's turnovers and free-throw shooting ... "It was below our standards, but a big improvement from our last game. We wanted to have some improvement and we did that. I'd like to see it even better. I thought was had some silly, sloppy turnovers. Sometimes you get that in a game that is a little more high octane and you live with a few, but there were a couple that I was pretty disappointed in."

Senior Wing Lester Abram

On the team's approach to an exhibition game ... "It's just a stepping stone for our team to see if we're getting better in practice and see if we're going to have a carryover from practice. Basically, that's it C just use it for your regular season games coming up."

On what he's learned from the team after today's victory ... "I've learned that we've gotten better from the first game to the second game and that's very positive. I thought we executed better today. We still were unselfish like we were the first game. As far as the players go, I think we just picked up better what we learned in practice, especially on the defensive end. We were helping each other a lot and we're going to need to do that more in the upcoming season."

Senior Center Courtney Sims

On what he attributes to his strong play today ... "It was really my point guard Jerret (Smith). He found me for easy baskets C Dion (Harris) and Jerret. They made good passes so I didn't have to do a lot of work C just go up strong and finish it. My guards really set me up nice today."

On the difference between today's game and Thursday's match-up against Wayne State ... "Thursday was kind of an awkward game because all the players were guards. I didn't really fit in with the game. It's not a traditional team. I didn't get much playing time on Thursday and my guards were really looking for me today because they want me to get off to a good start C they helped me out."

Freshman Forward Ekpe Udoh

On playing with out Brent Petway in the lineup ... "Somebody had to fill in for Petway today because he was down with an illness. But we just got ready. We picked up as a team, and I thought we did really well."

On what he brings to the team ... "I've been running the court well and defending well. I've been watching Petway do it because I play his position. I've just been watching that C sprinting and defending."

Michigan Tech Coach Kevin Luke

On his overall impressions of the game ... "We had a huge taste of Big Ten basketball. We really struggled with their interior game. Sims did an outstanding job, and some of those young guys did a great job in the post. We didn't do a very good job of defending against the screen, but that's to their credit because they're a good basketball team. We have to take this opportunity to get better. I just hope that we battled them enough so they can watch tape and get a little bit better themselves. I'm very impressed with Michigan's youth, yet the upper classmen did a great job of leading their kids today. When their inside game was working for them, it seemed like their outside game was doing just as well. Michigan is really a great basketball team and I really want to say that it's a great opportunity for us to come down here. We learned a great deal. That a Big Ten team would give us a chance is outstanding and my hat's off to Michigan's team. They're going to be very good and I'm going to look forward watching them."

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