Michigan opened its 93rd season of basketball and the 42nd at Crisler Arena. The Wolverines are 81-12 all-time in season-opening games. The Wolverines hold a 51-7 record in season openers at home and a 36-6 record at Crisler Arena.
With the 77-55 win over Michigan Tech, Michigan has won its last five season openers
Michigan opened the season with David Merritt, Stu Douglass and Manny Harris starting on the perimeter and Anthony Wright and Zack Gibson starting in the front court.
With his start against Michigan Tech, Manny Harris has now started 33 straight games and has not missed a start in the last two seasons. David Merritt and Stu Douglass both started their first career games against the Huskies.
With his 30 points against Michigan Tech, Manny Harris posted a new career high, besting the 29 he had at Penn State on March 1, 2008. With the scoring output, Harris became just the 35th Wolverine in history to post 30 or more points in a game. Harris also is the first Wolverine to hit the 30-plus point mark since former Wolverine Daniel Horton (2003-06) had 34 against Indiana on March 4, 2006.
With his 10 points and career-best 12 rebounds against Michigan Tech, DeShawn Sims posted his second career double-double. In fact, it was the second in his last three games, counting back to last season.
DeShawn Sims grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds against Michigan Tech, bettering the 10 he had against Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament on March 13, 2008. Sims is the only Wolverine on the roster that has recorded 10 or more rebounds in a game.
Zack Gibson's career-best-tying 11 points against Michigan Tech gave him his fourth career double-scoring figure game. Gibson has posted the career-best mark three times in his career -- Michigan Tech, at Duke (Dec. 8, 2007) and Western Kentucky (Nov. 24, 2007).
Stu Douglass led all Wolverines with a career-best four assists against Michigan Tech, finishing with a quarter of U-M's 16 total assists.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
On the game... "I have a lot of respect for Michigan Tech from watching the tapes, particularly their game with Michigan State. They also played Saginaw Valley, and I really have a lot of respect for the way they play. I wasn't surprised when they cut it back to 10 points, and I was really happy that we could get away from them late and give our guys five minutes to rest. It's good to have the tournament, but it's very strange when you are the home team. Your guys are still going to go to class tomorrow. That's a little different than when you have a weekend tournament. I was concerned about that, but it beats being on the road. We want our guys to get enough rest to play what looks to be a very good Northeastern team."
On Manny Harris' performance... "He's still looking for his avenues of When can I use my speed and quickness How can I make my game so efficient that I am harder to guard' You might be more effective if you do less and I thought you saw a great example of that tonight. Shoot when you are open, drive and kick when you are not."
On Anthony Wright's fast start... "We need to be able to spread the floor with him and Zack (Gibson) a little bit. For him to come out and do that, it was a great start for us. On the opening night there are usually a few jitters. It shows that he has a great deal of confidence and that was a good way to start."
On playing primarily a 1-3-1 zone in the first half... "The way that they end up playing, those two little guards -- they are both 5-10 and they are both in their fourth year. Just watching their tape, I had so much respect for how they ran offensively. I just thought we would be chasing them around and chasing them around, and they would eventually get to a three. Sometimes in that zone we take the ball out of the guards' hands and let other people make decisions, so that's what we were trying to do. Don't let those guards get comfortable, because I think they are both very good players."
U-M Junior Forward DeShawn Sims
On opening the season with a win... "We were real anxious and were ready to play our first official game, and it showed in our performance."
On his role this season... "Just to be more of an energy guy and a guy who sparks the team with effort. That is all I am looking for this year, and everything else will take care of itself."
On his double-double... "I just had the type of mentality to go get every rebound. I do a nice job of scoring at times, so if all I do is attack and get every rebound, I can get a double-double very often."
On getting ready for Northeastern... "Just prepare mentally, try to go back and get some rest and come out with the same attitude we had today. Second game of the season, we are anxious to play and we can't wait."
U-M Sophomore Guard Manny Harris
On his aggressive play... "This time I told myself that I had to stay aggressive. The team needs that and that is just what I have to keep doing."
On his career-high 30 points... "It is the new position I guess. I just feel a lot more comfortable. I have got a year under my belt and everything is coming a lot -- I am just feeling more comfortable."
On the points off of turnovers... "I think we did a great job with the three-zone. We picked up our intensity from last year and last game, so we just have to keep it up."
On Northeastern... "They are a pretty good team. We have got to bring it. Just like any other team, we are going to have to bring it."