2006-07 BKM vs. Georgetown -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker

On the performance of Georgetown's backcourt ... "Georgetown's backcourt really did make the difference today. They're a very good basketball team and when you looked at their stats coming into the game, you can see they're very balanced. They came out with an early lead and dictated the tempo a little bit. I thought they played exceptionally well on both ends. They really are a load up front and they cause you to worry about that early on in a game."

On the confidence of the upperclassmen ... "It's no doubt that it's a fragile part of being an athlete and wanting to have the ability to believe in yourself. I think you're right; there definitely is a concern there for us to get our older guys back in synch, get them confident and get them playing well. With conference play starting next week, we need our veterans to play well. Right now, we're not having that, so we need to go back to the drawing board, get to work first thing Monday and see what we can come up with."

On starting the upperclassmen in the second half ... "They're the guys who are going to get us back into the game for a win. I thought we finished the half very well, we were on a bit of a high there and the end and I thought we executed very well. We cut the lead down to six and I thought that was really important for us to finish the half well. In the second half, we went with out older guys, our veteran group. We didn't start the second half very well again and that's one of the Achilles heels for us so far this season."

On starting Big Ten play ... "Illinois is coming off of a loss and I think their record is identical to ours, 12-3, and I imagine both teams are going to be fighting for their lives on Wednesday. Right now, it's both teams coming off of a loss to start conference play. It's a critical game for both ball clubs."

U-M Senior Wing Lester Abram

On the game ... "Georgetown is a good basketball team. They did what they needed to do as far as running their plays. They were able to get a lot of back-cuts on us. We didn't start the second half well and we just had to play catch up from there on. We were never able to pull it out."

On Georgetown's high shooting percentage despite good defensive pressure from Michigan ... "They were just running their plays and knocking shots down. There was really no excuse for us. I thought we were playing pretty good defense, but the ball goes in sometimes."

U-M Senior Guard Dion Harris

On Georgetown ... "It was a tough one to lose at home, but you have to give credit to Georgetown, they're a good team. I think they played solid defense, but they just knocked down shots for 40 minutes."

On what the team needs to do in order to be prepared for the Big Ten season ... "I think we need to have a transition mentally because it's different in Big Ten play. The games are going to be a lot more rugged and slow-paced. It's going to be tough."

U-M Freshman Forward DeShawn Sims

On the team's performance ... "I feel that we played extremely hard, but it wasn't our day today. Things didn't go right, both internally and externally. I think we just need to get back in the gym and figure out the problems; why we can't pull it out when it comes to the big wins. Hopefully we'll figure out that problem before the Big Ten season starts."

On his second straight start giving him confidence going into the conference schedule ... "Not even starting, but just with playing some good minutes my confidence has shot up. They believed in me to be comfortable starting. That gives me a big confidence boost for the Big Ten season." 

Georgetown Coach John Thompson III

On living up to the team's expectations ... "I don't think we're living up to our expectations, but I believe we're doing a good job this year. There are a lot of things that we can control that we can tighten up on. On our home court, we're a good team and a couple of weeks ago, we might not have gotten this win. It was great that we came here and played a team like this and got the win without the home court advantage." 

On being ready for Big East Conference play ... "We have to be ready to begin conference play. We don't have a choice but to be ready." 

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