2005-06 BKM vs. Chicago State -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker

On the team's 10-1 start ... "I thought we played exceptional basketball for about 26 minutes out of the 40. I was real pleased with a lot of the things we saw. We were a little banged up, had different lineups at times and the minutes were kind of disjointed but I thought we shared them well. We had great balance, as we've had in the past. I was a little disappointed on how we got sloppy in stretches, but overall I was very pleased with the way out kids came here to play, being 10-1 and having a chance to be in the history books of Michigan basketball."

On the play of Daniel Horton and Courtney Sims ... "I thought they did a great job. I was very impressed with Daniel's first-half performance. He controlled the game for us and he was so unselfish. I think he may have taken two shots. It was just how he pushed the ball, changed sides of the floor and got us in our transition game. Courtney was the beneficiary for everyone being unselfish. Having 13 rebounds, 22 points and eight blocks, you cannot get much better than that."

On the play of Lester Abram ... "I was really pleased with his play. It was nice to see him finishing and slashing and not just settling for jump shots. Most of his points came off of opportunities for him to drive to the hole, in transition and alley-oop dunks. It was really nice to see him being a big-time finisher this afternoon."

On Ron Coleman crashing the boards ... "He really did and we talked to him about that. Chris (Hunter) had been sick and doesn't have his health right now, Graham (Brown) was a little banged up so we decided to keep him out so Ronnie was in there for those minutes in the post area. Certainly against a smaller opponent, it was a good match-up for us with that lineup. I thought he did a nice job of mixing it up, getting on the glass, getting some garbage points in there and we needed that from him."

On the status of the team heading into the Big Ten season ... "I feel good with how we have played up to this point in stretches. I am not completely sure right now about the health of our team so that area is a little bit of a question mark. If we are healthy, I feel good."

U-M Senior Guard Daniel Horton

On the game ... "It was a good game. It was a tough game; a lot tougher than the score indicated. In the first half we did a lot of good things to build that lead. We knew it wasn't going to be that way the whole game because they had some really good, quick guards and you can only keep those guys down for so long. We knew they were going to make a run and we just had to withstand it and keep playing."

On his second straight double-double ... "I've just been trying to go out there and get guys involved. I think Courtney (Sims) had 22 and Lester (Abram) had close to 20 as well. I take pride in looking at the stat sheet and seeing we have four or five guys in double-figures because that means I've done my job."

On the team's record heading into the Big Ten season ... "We feel good. We've put ourselves in the record books and its nice to be in there for being 10-1 as opposed to being 0-6 as we were our freshman year. It's good to see that turn around."

U-M Junior Center Courtney Sims

On the status of the team entering the Big Ten season ... "I think we all feel real good. We feel like we can contend for the championship. That's been our goal from day one. We are hungry and that's the main thing. We've been through a lot here at Michigan and it's about time we took things into our own hands and try to win a championship."

On the upcoming game against Indiana ... "Right now it is probably the biggest game of the season. I've watched Indiana a couple of times this year and they looked real good. They've got good inside players and good perimeter players. It will probably be one of our toughest games so far this year."

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