Jan. 27, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
Michigan State Basketball Post-Game Quotes
Michigan State vs. Michigan
Jan. 27,2005 - East Lansing, Mich. - Breslin Center
Final Score: Michigan State 64, Michigan 53
Head Coach Tom Izzo- Michigan State
On the game...
"I thought we played very well, defensively, and very poor, offensively. I think Michigan played awfully hard and deserves some credit. Offensively, the turnovers and shooting really hurt us, especially the turnovers. We would pull down a rebound and immediately throw it away. We are to the point of the season when it is crunch time. We need to be getting better. If we play like that in a couple of days, we are going to set a North American loss record, and I don't want to be a part of that."
On Paul Davis...
"I was really pleased with the play of Paul Davis. We honestly didn't know if he would play a minute. He didn't even participate in the shoot-around this morning. I give a lot of credit to the doctors, the training staff and to him."
On Maurice Ager...
"I thought Maurice Ager did an incredible job bringing some energy to this team in the second half, especially since I was pretty disappointed in his first half performance. He played like the true competitor that he is."
On the turnovers...
"On the issue of the turnovers, Michigan deserves some credit and we deserve some blame. Some of them were ridiculous, which is disappointing."
On the defensive play...
"It was a strange game and a strange week. I thought we did a good job on Harris and their big men inside. Out-rebounding them was big, especially when we had a small lineup in there, like we did several times."
Head Coach Tommy Amaker- Michigan
"I thought they really took advantage of us at times. Their pressure and their depth really wore us down. I thought the difference, in all honesty, was the start of the second half. We got out really slowly for whatever reason and they got to a double-digit lead and put us on our heels. I was really proud of the way our kids competed until the end. I felt we did some things, defensively. We broke down a lot, obviously, in the second half with transition buckets, but I thought we gave a great effort toward the end, in still competing. A kid like Dani Wohl, who is starting for us, did a great job and played so hard he made himself sick. The kid, Ashtyn Bell, the minutes he was able to give us. I was very impressed with that aspect of our ball club, but certainly disappointed in our loss this evening. Now we have to move forward and get ready to go on the road again to West Laffayette."
On the Wolverines' ball handling...
"Well we had 23 turnovers, so it wasn't very good at all. I think any time you sit down and evaluate, that's the first stat you look at; we had 23, they had 17. It wasn't a pretty game in terms of handling the basketball, if you're a purist looking at it that way. Both teams competed at a high level. I thought their depth and ability to stay after us for the 40 minutes made us handle the basketball. I thought we did some things to learn from and hopefully to improve on."
On the turnovers...
"Well we certainly didn't want to turn it over, but you're concerned with it coming on the road and knowing that they have a lot of bodies to throw at you and the way that they play, which is very up and down, and high energy from their defensive players. I was hoping we could do a better job with that; there were times they forced it and times when we very honestly just gave it away. When I get a chance to evaluate it, I will look at some that they caused and some that we kind of shot ourselves in the foot, and we'll be disappointed in those turnovers to a great degree; the ones we just kind of coughed up and gave to them."