Jan. 17, 2013
No. 5/5 Michigan (17-1, 4-1 Big Ten) 83, No. 9/12 Minnesota (15-3, 3-2 Big Ten) 75
Williams Arena - Minneapolis, Minn.
Minnesota Head Coach Tubby Smith
On the game:
“We just certainly got outplayed tonight and I'm disappointed we didn’t raise our level of play to level I thought we needed to. We’ve had a real tough time taking care of the ball.”
On the Wolverines:
“Michigan made a lot of shots and made runs in the first half and that’s what good teams do. They have balance in their line up, they have a lot of weapons.”
On the Gophers' struggles tonight:
“We just couldn’t sustain a good drive and we always shoot ourselves in the foot, do something to knock the wind out of us. Turnovers are the worst things that can happen to you.”
On Austin Hollins:
“We got one guy that comes every day, he’s going to give it everything he has–that’s Austin Hollins. It’s not even close when it comes to the hardest worker in our program. Not that the other guys don’t work hard, but they don’t come with that kind of intensity and it shows.”
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
“I really think that today was a good day for us to understand how good our defense can be. Early on we set a tone with really good defense to get a lead and then we got out in transition to get easy buckets. We got stops coming out of the game and stops coming out of the second half. Those were two really big get-away points for us to give us a little bit of space. Tim Hardaway was just sensational in the first half, offensively and defensively, and in the second half everybody had their little spot. That's what can make this team very good, when we have that kind of a performance off the bench and have that type of defensive intensity. It was a great win over a really good team on the road, so I'm really pleased.”
On how important it was to get the win following the loss to Ohio State:
“I think both teams, after their games on Saturday and Sunday, when you don't lose very often they really hit hard and whoever could win this game was going to benefit them somewhat. But I don't think any game is that important yet. I think it's important for your mental health and for the players. I don't know where they are next. We have a tough Purdue game and we have a week before we go into a really tough schedule so it was good for us going into that game. That would be a really tough week coming off a loss here.”
On the importance of getting a tough road win in Big Ten play:
“Every one that you can measure up is important. You have to get them. I think with road games in this league in the past, there have been maybe three or four ranked teams, but with Wisconsin's win you're going to have seven ranked teams really soon. There are seven games that you have to win against really good ranked teams on the road. That doesn't happen very often. As a result, when you get them it is really important if you are going to stay at the top of the standings.”
Trevor Mbakwe (Sr./F)
On what happened tonight:
“We just turned the ball over and we haven’t been playing defense like we’ve been playing. We’ve been having a turnover problem the whole season and it’s kind of catching up to us. You can’t play that way against top teams like Indiana, Michigan. They took advantage of it. I think they scored 22 points off of turnovers in the first half. We just got down again and not enough time to come back. We have to find a way to take care of the ball better and get back to defending the way we were defending in the past."
On if some of the Gophers' troubles came from getting caught up in the moment:
“Definitely. You get a stop on defense and then turn the ball over right away and they hit a three. It kind of kills the crowd momentum and the way we’ve been playing, it’s tough to come back that way. I think we went another six minutes without scoring, had back-to-back turnovers and they capitalized off of that. They’re a tough team, they’re a good team. We just didn’t come ready to play.”
On his frustration with calls:
“I think we just didn’t get some calls, but you know we have to play through that. I can’t let my frustration show. That’s why I try to be a mature player. It was tough. In a big game like this, you feel like you don’t get a couple calls going your way, it’s tough. You have to play through it and I didn’t do a good job of that I guess.”
Joe Coleman (So./G)
On the slow start to the game:
“We got off to another slow start again, and these types of slow starts will hurt us going forward.”
On the turnovers:
“I think we weren’t really playing our game, and we let things get out of hand.”
On how tough the loss is considering the expectations of the team:
“They’re a really good team. It’s not necessarily a bad loss for us but we can learn from it and hopefully be ready for our next game against Northwestern.”
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