U-M / Indiana Postgame

John Beilein, Zak Irvin, Spike Albrecht, and Ricky Doyle recap Michigan's 70-67 road loss to Indiana.

Postgame interviews courtesy of MGoBlue.com

Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
On losing a close game that came down to the final possession ... "It hurts, because there are some things that our kids will control one day that they could have controlled in this game. It could have meant a victory. You can't say for sure, but there were five or six times where we knew better on a play. That's what hurts the most in a close loss like this. You can pick apart a 15- or 20-point loss, like we had against Iowa, and say, 'okay, we just didn't have it that day.' But there were things that we could have controlled and couldn't quite do it. I'm really proud of our kids though, because they didn't back down in this tremendous atmosphere."

On the final shot from by Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman ... "It looked like it was going in. It looked like we were going to overtime. What I really loved was that Aubrey Dawkins -- who's really a clutch shooter -- wasn't as open as Muhammad (Ali Abdur-Rahkman) so he made that one more pass and that was really a big step in his direction as we continue to get these guys to see the floor better."

On Zak Irvin's aggressiveness ... "We do have to do that more with him because it will open up for balls in other games. He even had a couple of shot fakes today. Habits are hard to change, and he's got some habits that he's trying to change. I think we saw those efforts come forward today. He's really working hard on a lot of different things. We need that, that guy that we can dial up at the end of the game. We had Zak do that today, and he certainly came through."

On big men Ricky Doyle and Mark Donnal ... "It was good to see them being productive. Ricky really gave us a lot of good minutes out there; Mark was coming in after the sickness, and we wanted to really give him a shot, and he made the most of it in the second half."

U-M Junior Guard Spike Albrecht 

On why the team shot better today compared to the game against Iowa ... "We were just more patient, working with what the defense gave us. We were able to get two feet into the paint today a little bit better and attack better."

On what impressed him abuot Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman's final shot ... "The ball movement. The guys had shots they could have taken, but we had one or two more passes to take, and Muhammad had a great look. I was on the other side; it was right in line, just a little short. It's a shot that we'll take at the end of the game any time."

On what the team struggled with ... "First off, Indiana has a crazy and awesome environment out there. It can make things tough to communicate. And defensively, it was tough to match up. There were five guards out there for most of the time, and they're quick. We struggled guarding the guards today, so we have to work on that and defensive tendencies and get better."

U-M Sophomore Guard/Forward Zak Irvin

On extra pressure to win being from Indiana ... "Yeah definitely. It's really personal coming back to Indiana; we always want to win. It was a tough loss for us today."

On employing his shot fake in today's game ... "It was something coach and I were working on. I want to be a complete all-around player. I know I have areas to grow in and areas I need to keep working, and I am going to continue to do that."

On losing such a close game ... "It's frustrating. We do not believe in moral victories. We fought hard against these guys, but we have to go back to the drawing board to be ready for Illinois on Thursday. We have to find ways to finish strong. These are the guys we will be depending on in the future."

U-M Freshman Forward Ricky Doyle

On what he tried to do in the second half ... "I've just been doing what I practiced. I've been using my leverage to get the ball high and score the easy baskets."

On what he was feeling as the score got closer ... "I just felt fired up. Our emotion was really high on the bench. We wanted to win this game. We gave it our all, unfortunately Indiana came out and won."

On taking charges for the team ... "It gets me excited. I just do whatever I can to help the team out. If that's taking the charges, I'm more than willing to take the charges."

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