U-M / EMU Postgame

John Beilein, Derrick Walton, Spike Albrecht, and Caris LeVert react to another eye-popping home loss, this time to Eastern Michigan.

Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
On evaluating the team performance ..."I don't think today is as stunning as it was on Saturday. Eastern Michigan is a better team than NJIT. They really, really, really have a good zone defense; as good as I have ever seen in my life. They showed a great deal of grit, and they were tough as nails. We were, too. I can't fault our guys for anything. They played their best. We made them shoot 33 percent. We just didn't make the shots we could have, but we couldn't get a lot of open shots."

On whether or not shots were rushed because of zone defense ... "When you see our team get that type of quickness that they have in the backcourt and frontcourt, it took us out of a lot of things that we wanted to do. When we did get an open three, we didn't make enough of them, but we didn't get a lot of them."

On how Zak Irvin can bounce back after shooting 3-of-12 today ... "Every great shooter has this happen to him at different times. He shouldn't be bothered by the shots he had to take when the shot clock was down or he was guarded really well. We rushed a couple of those. There are some open shots he didn't make; he will make them (in the future). We have him keep working and working on those shots, and he will make them."

On the team's bigs rebounding well ... "Who would ever think that against Syracuse we would have 17 offense rebounds and two against Eastern Michigan? Eastern had some guys that are sitting out, and they have an older team, and they were really well coached."

U-M Sophomore Guard Derrick Walton Jr.
On playing against EMU's zone ... "You have to tip your cap to EMU and give credit where credit is due. They had impeccable quickness, and they were able to take away all of the sweet spots in their zone."

On shots just not falling tonight ... "If you watch the film, you'll see shots that we make in our sleep that just rimmed out. We just couldn't find the bottom of the net tonight. Every team goes through stretches like this, and we just have to stick to what we know and bounce back."

U-M Junior Guard Spike Albrecht
On why EMU was able to succeed tonight ... "They did a really good job -- their guards, especially. They extended, they got up. They kept the ball and kept us out of the paint. We weren't able to get two feet into the paint like we could with Syracuse."

On how EMU was able to force inside turnovers ... "They had length. They were spirited, they were quick, and they collapsed on our guards and bigs. They were really fast, and that made it difficult for us to get in sync out there."

On whether the team was forced into tough shots tonight ... "We have a lot of guys who are capable of making shots. It's not like we were taking bad shots. We had good looks; we just weren't making them."

U-M Junior Guard Caris LeVert
On what made Eastern Michigan defense frustrating to play against ..."It was really quick. It was a lot like Syracuse, but with their size it was tough to get in the middle of it. You have to give them credit; they played a great defensive game tonight. "

On the looks that U-M managed offensively and whether or not he felt they were good opportunities ..."I felt like we had some of the shots that we wanted. We were 4-of-21 from three, so we just didn't have a good shooting night. Guys go through rough shooting stretches, and we'll get better from this."

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