Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker
On the overall game at N.C. State ... "We certainly came out of the blocks with a lot of energy and steam. I thought we even had a chance to put them in a deeper hole, but we couldn't convert. It seemed like we couldn't snatch the ball when it was right there for us. There were even some plays that we just couldn't finish that would have helped give us a wider margin in the first half of play. We sort of self-destructed a little bit in the first half and they certainly took advantage of that. The energy with their crowd really helped them put us in a deep hole. When we got to the second half it really looked like it was going to be a long night. I was just very pleased that we valued every possession in the second half and really fought back. We put ourselves in a position for a chance to win it."
On the Wolverines comeback effort ... "When you have that kind of deficit that you are trying to overcome, pretty much everything has to go as planned for you. Meaning, everything has to be perfect. Every shot. Every turnover. Everything. It's hard to play that way, obliviously. Our kids really battled. I told them how we were disappointed on how we got in that position. But I was equally as impressed and proud of how we battled back. We have been in positions, and situations, like that before where we really haven't battled back like we did. We showed some toughness tonight, but obviously not enough to win the ball game."
On N.C. State's frontcourt play ... "They were very tough because they can put the ball on the floor and drive. They are very skilled basketball players. I think they have a very good basketball IQ. You can tell by the way they make passes and move without the ball. I didn't think we guarded them the way that I would like to think we are capable of. But give them credit for making the plays that they did. They showed a lot of basketball savvy tonight."
On Ekpe Udoh's energy and play ... "He was tremendous. I was impressed with him. It was his first road game as a college player. He made some big plays for us. He didn't allow things to get to him or get rattled on the road. That showed a lot for a first year player."