U-M coach John Beilein still gave Bucknell credit in his post-game opening statement.
"Like I mentioned with Hillsdale, we're playing against teams that really have good programs. You're not playing against just a team, you're playing against a program and that's going to be very good for us. We played a great first half and in the second half, we certainly weren't going to duplicate that. But at the same time, we have a lot of respect for Bucknell. (Chris) Haas from Pellston (Mich.) had a tremendous game; he's a tremendous shooter. It shows you that good players are all through division one. They weren't going to give in; they were going to hang in there with us because they have pride and they have a plan. They have had a very good basketball program for years. We're pleased that we could get away with a win and we could get a guy like Max Bielfeldt to have the opportunity that he had, as well as getting our veterans that have not played big minutes a lot of minutes and still continuing to feed the young guys as they try to get their feet on the ground."
To watch more from Beilein's press conference, watch the video provided below.