March 14, 2013
THE MODERATOR: We'll go ahead and get started and take an opening statement from coach and then take questions for the student athletes.
JOHN BEILEIN: Really proud of this team. From the way they we had a really disappointing loss on Saturday. Bouncing back is always a difficult thing to do. But then you get down 14 3, we could have pointed fingers at each other, we could have lost our composure. Within no time it was a tie game or we were ahead by one.
So really proud of the way they showed great composure to come back and then win the game going away.
THE MODERATOR: Take questions for the student athletes.
Q. Mitch, Jordan [Morgan] struggled a little bit. Did you feel the urge that the team needed a spark to kind of get things going?
MITCH McGARY: Coming off the bench I wanted to provide a spark. We were down 14 3 and I know we needed to pick up the intensity on the defensive and offensive glass and I was able to score a few buckets.
Q. For any guys, how much motivation did you derive from the last time you played them and what happened?
TIM HARDAWAY JR.: It was a lot of motivation coming into this game. We knew what they did to us at Happy Valley and we really wanted to do a great job just going into the game, sticking to the game plan, and just playing Michigan basketball.
We knew we came off a loss against Indiana at home and once we got up with 12 minutes to go in the second half, we just reminded everybody that they can still come back, they can knock down threes, [Jermaine] Marshall's a threat. Everyone's a threat. So we wanted to make sure that we went out there and just played basketball.
Q. For Tim, you face a Wisconsin team that you guys had a very difficult loss at their place. What lessons did you learn from this game and are you eager to get a chance again, since you only played them once.
TIM HARDAWAY JR.: It was a tough loss. The second time that's happened to me. And it's tough just to go on a stretch like that and then come up short.
So we just have to make sure that we watch the film, see the things that we did wrong during the game, and just try not to make the same mistakes again. So we just got to go out there and just play ball, like I said, and just stick to the game plan.
Q. Trey, at the 10 and a half minute mark you were up 15, which is the same thing when you were ahead at Penn State. Couple of guys were coming out smiling, but I think that the mood of the team was still we got business. Was that what you saw as well?
TREY BURKE: Definitely. I think it's important for us to go out there and have fun and at the end of the day I think that's when we're our best when we go out there on the court and are having fun.
It was obviously in the back of our head that we were up 15 points with 10 minutes left at Penn State and that they're capable of coming back and winning the game. This is a team that's playing for pride, a team that's been through a lot this year. We just had to make sure we did what we needed to do to pull out the win.
Q. Trey, talk about how Mitch [McGary] kind of saved you guys a little bit there in the first half with everything falling apart. He was huge.
TREY BURKE: Definitely. That's Mitch McGary. That's how he is. He's able to come off the bench and give us a spark. Once he comes off the bench and gets the crowd into it he does that a lot. But that gives us energy. Him being a freshman, that goes a long way. That goes to show that, hey, he's definitely going to be a future captain on this team and that he has the ability to bring the spark to this team, not only at the offensive end, but on the defensive end. I think he had six or seven rebounds within 10 minutes. And that just goes to show how much effort and intensity he plays with.
Q. Trey, you guys talked about the slow starts and again this is another one. Is that part of the trend or do you think the way you guys rebounded from it makes it not as important?
TREY BURKE: Well, I think that is just something that we're still continuing to get better at. Just coming out with a lot of intensity. We came out and we had some really good looks that we missed and they executed off the good looks that we missed. But we just continue to give each other encouragement and confidence out there. Once we kind of relaxed and got through the first five, seven minutes, we just were able to come back as a team and we were able to stick it out.
Q. Tim, there was a stretch in the second half where you hit a couple of shots, [Jon] Horford hit a couple of shots, and at that game at Penn State that was the drought that opened up that come back. But tonight you guys really closed it out. What was the difference offensively that you guys were able to execute tonight?
TIM HARDAWAY JR.: Our point guards recognized that they were in zone and they did a great job of recognizing what defense they were in and just called our zone plays, called our man plays. And I was able to get inside the paint and move without the ball and just get open looks. And that really opens up, not only for myself, but when I get the ball, me being a good threat to shoot, but to pass as well. So our bigs did a great job of finishing down low and it just helped us get the game to open up.
THE MODERATOR: Gentlemen, thank you. You may return to the locker room. Take questions for coach.
Q. With Jordan [Morgan] struggling early and Mitch [McGary] playing so big in the first half, Jon [Horford] played so big in the second half, do you consider changing that at all, given the last 48 minutes or whatever it's been?
JOHN BEILEIN: We talk about the roster and rotation every day. We'll probably do that again. But a change, I'm not going to say we're going to do it or not going to do it. Sometimes a guy, if we do make a change, maybe Jordan will play more relaxed coming off the bench and make some of those shots he missed. It will be up in the air, if I decide it's up in the air. Right now it's too soon to make that. I will watch some film and talk and see what again, look at our matchups for the next game and decide what we're going to do.
Q. You had a wink at Mitch [McGary] there. What kind of leadership and I guess an overall spark off the bench has he provided this year, especially tonight?
JOHN BEILEIN: I think it's very similar to his game. It's developing. He has got a lot of potential, as we all can see. And he's trying to become more efficient with his game. He's trying to become more efficient with his leadership, with his practices, with all the things that could take him to, make him a very, very talented player and, frankly, when his basketball career's over, make him talented at anything he wants to do in life, because he's so blessed.
So that's what I'm winking to him about, because he's got a load of potential in more ways than just basketball. As long as Brady Hoke stays away from him he's got the potential to do anything. And Brady is messing with him right now. I'm just kidding.
Q. Coach, you sense any extra motivation with your team after what happened last time with Penn State?
JOHN BEILEIN: Let me say this about Penn State and Patrick Chambers and this thing. I'm watching this thing, there's seven guys, they have been playing together after they lost Tim Frazier huge change in their game. And I'm telling you, if it was anybody, even Michigan, besides Michigan, in that game today, it probably would have been the same.
They are playing so well together. They got a great scheme. And this game concerned me greatly. At our place we couldn't get away from them. So I think our kids were motivated and I think it's probably the silver lining that if we had beat them twice, let's say we make our foul shots, we don't turn it over at their place, we would have looked past them.
That is going to be one heck of a team next year when Frazier is back with those guys. So that's, I just, I think Pat's done a wonderful job. They're running things offensively that had us, our minds were just, like the last night, were very concerned about how we could stop them.
Q. Penn State shot 48 percent from the field. What was the reason for that and how do you prevent that?
JOHN BEILEIN: I think that they have two guys, [Jermaine] Marshall and [D.J.] Newbill, that can get about anywhere they want to get to on the court. I don't care who is guarding them. They can get to there.
Now what happens is they end up attracting help or they get their own or people get rebounds or they get dropoffs. Those two guards are the second or the leading scoring guards in the league, between Tim [Hardawau Jr.] and Trey [Burke]. They're two of the best guards in the league. And so that's a pig part of that.
At the same time, they're running some really good stuff that, if you blink it's like Northwestern, there's different stuff, but off the ball screen, maybe I'm stupid, but we haven't seen a lot of that action that they're running right now.
Q. How good is the Big Ten right now and how dangerous will the conference be, in your estimation, come tournament time?
JOHN BEILEIN: As you can see, I think it says a lot that we're playing the 5 12 game and people think so much of us, rank us so highly in the country. It's tough for me, because you get so into your league. I love watching Illinois and Minnesota play. Those are some terrific basketball teams that have showed it off the court and showed it in other leagues.
So I think I don't know what our number is for bids in the past when we were the Big Ten or the Big Eleven or the Big Ten that's got 12. This could be a year where you have eight or nine now. I think they're worthy of it. I sincerely think they're worthy of nine bids. Depending upon how this all plays out.
Q. You got up by nine in the first half, they made a run and it was a throw up ball game at halftime. You made another run in the second half. This time, no run. What was the difference in the two halves do you think? Did your team crank it up a little bit?
JOHN BEILEIN: We got more comfortable with the action that they're running. After you see it over and over again and we're growing in so many areas, every game. And sometimes it's game to game, timeout to timeout, and sometimes it's half to half.
And as our team looks at this, as they continue to grow as a team, they're recognition is quicker and they recognize it quicker and are able to defend it. So I think defense was key and then our bench was key. It was big. For Jon [Horford] to come off the bench and what Mitch [McGary] gave us was huge.
Q. Wisconsin tomorrow, obviously a team that you guys are familiar with. What do you expect from that game?
JOHN BEILEIN: One thing that you can expect is the same old winning, don't beat yourself, style that we have seen over and over again. We're the victim of two buzzer beaters against them as well as about 10 of shot clock time over the six years I've been coaching against them.
They're not going to beat themselves. They're going to have big guys. You're not going to get too many offensive rebounds. They're going to stay very tight with their formation.
We're going to have to make shots. We're going to have to make tough shots.
On the other hand, we're going to have to be very patient on defense. They're not going to turn it over. Be very patient with our defense and solid with our defense. Make them score over us, without giving them second opportunities. Same speech I've given any time. A really well coached, really good team.
Q. How good are Penn State's guards going to be next year?
JOHN BEILEIN: I was talking about Tim Frazier before the game. And I told him, when Tim is in there, [D.J.] Newbill the good thing with Newbill right now is he's learned to play with the ball and to be a point guard.
So you put Frazier, Newbill, and then [Jermaine] Marshall in that back court, that will be as good as anybody. I don't know if Sasa [Borovnjak] has another year, but if he has and comes back for another year I think he might have one but if he does, Sasa is a really underrated player. And [Ross] Travis is really, I love the way Travis plays. There's a whole bunch of coaches that would love to have Travis as well. He's a really good player.
So this should be, this past two years, what Pat's [Chambers] gone through has been difficult, but he's got the makings of a really good team.
Another reason is because I like the character of that team and how they play together. He's really got a team that I think that we would want our team to play with that much togetherness, and I think we do, and I think his team does. Just not enough depth or not enough experience yet.
THE MODERATOR: Coach, thank you very much.
THE MODERATOR: Go ahead and get started with an opening statement from coach.
PATRICK CHAMBERS: Proud of our kids. They competed. They played hard. Last month has been a lot of fun being right there, being so close.
Give Michigan a lot of credit. That second half run that they made on us, we couldn't respond and we couldn't get stops. Their bigs did a tremendous job today. I think that was really the difference. The bigs finished. They hurt us on the offensive glass as well.
I love this team and I'm really proud of these players and the way they competed to finish the season.
THE MODERATOR: Take questions for the student athletes.
Q. For either guy, what happened in the second half when they started getting on a roll. How difficult are they to stop with all their offense?
D.J. NEWBILL: I think that they got stops. They got out on the break, they hit shots, they rebounded the ball really well. I think that that led to them getting on their run.
SASA BOROVNJAK: It was really tough. They crashed the offensive glass all game long and we didn't do a great job of rebounding and that was the difference.
Q. D.J., Coach Beilein just had some really good things to say about potential for you guys next year with Frazier coming back. Talk about what you learned this year and the potential for next year.
D.J. NEWBILL: Just learning to keep battling. No matter what adversity strikes, just keep battling. This upcoming season, we can't look too far ahead, we got to get in the gym and work hard. This offseason we just got to put in that much more work.
Q. Can one of the players talk about the difficulty about getting inside against them?
SASA BOROVNJAK: My teammates did a great job of finding me today. I was just trying to find open areas to help my teammates down low. But again, like their bigs did a great job today. I give them a lot of credit.
THE MODERATOR: Okay. Thank you, fellows, you can return to the locker room. Take questions for coach.
Q. You mentioned the play of the bigs. You look at the rebounding it was pretty even but you look at the second chance points and they had 28 15. How big was that, their ability to cash in on their offensive rebounds?
PATRICK CHAMBERS: That was the difference in the two games that we played them we did a pretty good job for the most part. Mitch McGary set the tone in the first half. He had a double, double and he had 10 rebounds in the first half alone.
Again, Horford did his job and Morgan did his job. Those guys I thought were huge today. Because they know how we were loading to Tim and their shooters and Trey. So those guys had to catch and finish and they did.
As a matter of fact, they caught, they finished, and they got to the foul line. They're back breakers. 3 point plays are absolute daggers. And they did a good job.
Q. Talk more about the last month and how much fun you had and does this kind of make it feel like you're closer to getting over the hump this year?
PATRICK CHAMBERS: We got a lot of work to do. We're in the Big Ten. It's the best conference. Over the hump? I'll let you know when we get there next year. I told the guys and I said this after the game against Wisconsin, we lost in that buzzer beater I really enjoyed coaching them. I love coaching them and I want this season to continue.
We're starting to get better, they were starting to mesh. And the cohesion out there, it was great, the chemistry and the trust. You could just see it over the last four or five weeks. We were really starting to come around. It's a shame the season has to end.
Q. You must be pleased with only having eight turnovers against that pressure defense.
PATRICK CHAMBERS: Yeah. I'm pleased that we only turned it over eight times. I'm not pleased that they only turned it over four times. We took care of the ball over the last month for the most part. One game here or there we didn't do a great job. But took care of the ball, we got shots.
We didn't shoot the ball particularly well from the three today. They took away our threes, which was huge, because we made 10 threes against them at home last game. But we took care of the ball and our assists skyrocketed recently, which is good. We're starting to share the ball a little bit more and hopefully that can continue into next year.
Q. Was there ever a point this year where you had to warn them that you can't just fast forward to next year and get Tim back. Was there every any, wait until next year you had to get out of their heads?
PATRICK CHAMBERS: Well, there's no doubt. Every time we were in a press conference, every time we had media in it was all like, man, you guys are going to be good next year.
And I was trying to tell them to live in the moment. Take each day as it comes. Stay here, be right here, right now. Because we can still win games and get better. We have a choice. Make the right choice. The choice is to continue to work hard. And they did.
There's no guarantees next year either. There's always injuries, there's always something that's going to happen. So we have to continue what we laid out over the last few weeks and use that as we go into spring and summer.
Q. With Frazier out, he says he's on point with his rehab.
PATRICK CHAMBERS: Doing great.
Q. What did he learn this year being a student coach?
PATRICK CHAMBERS: He was awesome. He totally gets the coaching aspect of it. Totally see things when I get angry and upset during practice and games. He sees the game differently. He's very mature now.
It's going to be a challenge for him. It really is. Because he became a coach. Now he's got to go back to being a player and he's got to demand that respect and that leadership. And leadership never takes a day off. And I think he's looking forward to the challenge.
THE MODERATOR: All right. Thank you, coach.