U-M / Oregon Postgame

John Beilein, Caris LeVert, and Ricky Doyle reflect upon Michigan's 70-63 victory over Oregon in the Legend's Classic in Brooklyn New York. Levert's aggression attacking the basket was a major key and Doyle was a significant presence off the bench for the Maize & Blue.

Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
?On the team's overall effort ?... "We did a great job. We were trying to do the best we could to stop them defensively, and we did get a lot of stops. Unfortunately, they're a little bit stronger and much more athletic than us on the backboard, and we just didn't block out sometimes. This is a big issue after today because we did work on it, we've been working on it, and we'll work on it some more."

?On the team's defensive effort ?... "Their shooting percentage (can be misleading) because they finished most of those offensive rebounds. As far as guarding them on the perimeter, we did a great job. We took great care of the ball and only had eight turnovers, while they were forcing a lot more than that. In the second half, we shot the ball really well from the outside. Zak Irvin had a great three when we needed one the most, and then Ricky Doyle's play at the end, to get that extra basket, was huge."

?On Caris LeVert's aggression ?... "Yeah, he was (aggressive). He made the big assist of the night by hitting Zak on the wing, so we were trying to dial him up as much as we could. We shot 29 foul shots; once we got to the foul line we were trying to get there more and more, and we played half the game without Derrick Walton. That was really good for us to play a game like that without our starting point guard and still get a W."

U-M Junior Caris LeVert
On holding Oregon off despite their many runs ?... "They were crashing the offensive glass really tough. We took a timeout, and Coach really got into us and told us if we get those defensive boards we would win the game."

?On his ball-handling role and its growth ?... "Whatever the team needs, I'm in. Spike (Albrecht) did a great job, too, of handling the pressure."

?On the energy Ricky Doyle brought ?... "Ricky was a huge help for us off the bench. Coach calls (performances like his) 'the outliers,' and he definitely had one of those for us tonight."

U-M Freshman Ricky Doyle
On tonight's team effort and his part in it ... "I was just doing whatever I could out there to help the team win. Whether that was getting an easy bucket around the rim, getting an offensive rebound or pumping the team up, I was happy to do it."

On the next-man-up mentality, especially with the big men ... "I just found my groove. I was doing everything I was taught in practice, trying to not take any stupid fouls or making a pass behind the back. I was focused on maintaining my guy on defense and boxing out as much as I could cause those guys were really getting on the offensive boards."

On providing energy and whether or not he enjoys that role ... "Definitely. I like pumping the guys up, whether we're winning or losing. I just try to keep us encouraged (on the bench) and keep it going when I get in."

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