2005-06 BKM at South Florida -- Notes & Quotes


With the 68-47 victory, Michigan improved to 3-0 all-time against South Florida. The Wolverines have defeated the Bulls by an average of 22.0 points per game in the three match-ups. U-M won 92-56 at the Sun Dome (Dec, 29, 1987) at the South Florida Invitational, 71-62 at Crisler Arena (Dec. 11, 2006) and now 68-47 at the Sun Dome (Dec. 10, 2005).

Michigan has started the 2005-06 season a perfect 7-0. The start is the best for the Wolverines under coach Tommy Amaker. The previous best start under Amaker was a 4-0 beginning during the 2003-04 season, where the Wolverines went on to capture the 2004 Postseason NIT championship.

Michigan has not started a season 7-0 since the vacated 1996-97 season, when the Wolverines started 8-0. The last non-vacated season was when the Wolverines started 11-0 to begin the 1988-89 season, where U-M went on to win the program's only national championship.

Michigan has won its first three road games of the season with a 68-47 win at South Florida (Dec. 10), a 71-67 win at Notre Dame (Dec. 3) and a 51-46 win at Boston University (Nov. 22). The last time the Wolverines won three straight road games was during a 13-game winning streak in the 2002-03 season.

With the 68-47 win at South Florida (Dec. 10), Michigan has won its first three road games of the season. The last time the Wolverines went 3-0 on the road to start a season, was during the vacated 1996-97 season, when U-M went 5-0 in the first road or neutral site games. The last non-vacated season, was during the 1991-92 season, when U-M won its first five games on the road or at neutral sites.

With the 21-point win (68-47) at South Florida (Dec. 10), Michigan has recorded back-to-back 20-plus point victories and the Wolverines third in the seven games this season. Earlier this week, the Wolverines defeated Delaware State (Dec. 7) by 20 points (69-49) at Crisler Arena. U-M's other 20-plus point victory was against Miami (Fla.) (Nov. 29), as the Maize and Blue won by 21 (74-53).

By holding South Florida (Dec. 10) to just 47 points, Michigan has held its opponent to under 50 points in back-to-back games. Earlier in the week, the Wolverines held Delaware State (Dec. 7) to 49 points. Michigan has held four opponents to 53 points or less this season.

With 40 rebounds at South Florida (Dec. 10), Michigan has back-to-back games with 40-or-more rebounds. In fact, the Wolverines have now recorded three games with 40-or-more rebounds including a season-high 43 against Delaware State (Dec. 7).

Michigan's 16 offensive rebounds at South Florida (Dec. 10), was the second best performance by the Wolverines this season. U-M had a season-best 18 against Miami (Fla.) (Nov. 19) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Maize and Blue now have three games with 10-or-more offensive rebounds.

Daniel Horton tied a career-high with five steals against South Florida (Dec. 10). He has also accomplished the feat with five steals vs. Colorado (Nov. 17, 2004) in the second round of the Preseason NIT.

With his career-high five steals, Daniel Horton moved into seventh all-time at U-M with 140 career steals. He is just two away from the sixth spot held by Thad Garner (142, 1979-82).

With his five assists, Daniel Horton cracked into U-M's all-time top 10. He now has 346 career assists. He is eight assists away from the ninth spot held by Jimmy King (354, 1992-95).

Daniel Horton has 31 assists in the last five games (6.2 per game). He is currently in the team lead with 5.1 assists per game.

With his 10 rebounds against South Florida (Dec. 10), Graham Brown has recorded double-digits rebounds in his last four games. He had 11 against Miami (Fla.) (Nov. 29), 10 at Notre Dame (Dec. 3), a career-high 12 against Delaware State (Dec. 7) and 10 at South Florida. Brown now has eight career games with 10-or-more rebounds in a game.

After his team-high 18 points at South Florida (Dec. 10), Lester Abram has now scored in double figures in six of seven games.

With his 7-for-7 performance from the free throw line against South Florida (Dec. 10), Lester Abram has 35 games going perfect from the free throw line.

Courtney Sims finished with seven rebounds against South Florida (Dec. 10), all on the offensive end. He added 13 points and has now scored in double figures in six of seven games this season.

Ron Coleman recorded a season-best six rebounds against South Florida (Dec. 10). He was just a single rebound away from matching his career high of seven. Against the Bulls he pulled in four offensive and two defensive rebounds.

Against South Florida (Dec. 10), Jerret Smith tied a career-high with two rebounds and one steal.

After recording three assists against South Florida (Dec. 10), Jerret Smith has recorded at least one assist in all seven games this season, He has 22 total on the season for a 3.1 per game average.

Against South Florida (Dec. 10), Jevohn Shepherd tied his career-high with five points.

Courtney Sims and Dion Harris have not missed a single game in their Michigan careers playing in 72 straight games. Ron Coleman has played in 38 straight for the Maize and Blue.

Michigan has used the same starting lineup in all seven games this season with Daniel Horton and Dion Harris at the guard spots, Lester Abram on the wing, Graham Brown at forward and Courtney Sims at the center spot.


Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker
On being 7-0 ... "It feels great. These kids deserve this moment -- to be 7-0 with three road wins in this early section of our season. I am very proud of this basketball team. This team has done everything we have asked them to do, including staying hungry. We are hoping to continue that now that we are going into our exam period. We have to be hungry to finish academically on a strong note as well."

On keeping the team interested with such a large lead ... "We certainly hope we were able to stay with our game plan and stay focused. We were a little sloppy there in the second half somewhat due to the combinations we had on the floor, but I like to think that our kids battled for 40 minutes and did some really good things. I am really proud of them coming out of the blocks early. I thought defensively that was the difference C how we played with so much tenacity and defensive pressure without fouling. That was the difference C with us getting some steals, transition buckets and primary fast breaks. I thought that is how our kids came out of the blocks and seized control of this game early."

On the rebounding difference, and having 16 offensive rebounds ... "We needed to have some offensive rebounds because we didn't shoot the ball that well this afternoon (smiling). We missed a lot of shots, which we would like to think ordinarily we would make. Certainly, if you do miss them it is nice to see people go back and get them again. I was encouraged to see the effort and desire to get on the offensive glass."

On having a confident mindset coming out on the road ... "I think we did. Being veterans, being a mature team, I think they showed what it means to go on the road and come out of the blocks early and seize control of the ball game. We were ready to go. I was anxious to see if we could display that. Sometimes in the past I have thought we were ready to go and we were not ready to go, but I was certainly pleased that I was proven correct today (that we were ready)."

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