Postgame interviews courtesy of MGoBlue.com
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
Opening statement ... "I really love the Maryland team. They were flying high today with all their seniors and all they wanted to do is win. They have a great plan. They guard you just well enough, and they have a lot of people who can put points on the board. I watched them and watched them share the ball and throw it around to each other. It was good college basketball. They're a great representation of how you should play the right way. They're a really good team, and I hope you all appreciate that, those of you from Maryland. That team could have a great March as well, not just a great January and February. With us, I'm really proud of our kids. It's the same old story: we're working really hard, but we're not quite there to be a team like Maryland, especially on the road."
On what helped Maryland pull away from the close game ... "We had bad last three or four minutes of that first half, and other than that our team really battled, and that really made a difference in the game. We really played straight up in the second half. Our kids, I'm just proud of them. They really played hard. We needed a couple shots to go in and guard them a little better in some stretches. Maybe we got tired, I don't know, but they (Maryland) are a good team."
On the performance of Michigan's defense ... "We were good. We had some trouble with (Melo) Trimble right there at the end. He moves the ball so well. It was just some things that we could eliminate. At the same time, I am proud of them, our kids played hard."
On the Wolverines' leadership on the floor ... "I really like what we're seeing out of Zak (Irvin) every day, whether it's rebounding, guarding or just playing. All our guys are doing good stuff. Aubrey Dawkins had a tough game today, but he also will learn from this. Muhammad-Ali (Abdur-Rahkman) did a couple of really good things. We keep making the steps, but as you know, this team (Maryland) reminds me of a few years when we had all juniors and seniors on the team. That's who they are right now, and I really just sat there in envy at the way they played together, because they have played together for so long."
On Kam Chatman's performance today ... "He is growing. He still has some big areas of growth, of just trying to do less and fit in. At the same time, he's finding his understanding of what you have to do, and he needs to have a great offseason."
On the team's offensive performance ... "We had some really good looks from Zak Irvin. He's passing the ball really well. We just didn't get some of the shots, and the drop that we need to get through that. Hats off to Maryland, they did a great job."
U-M Junior Guard Spike Albrecht
On the team's shooting struggles ... "I felt like we got a lot of good looks, but just a lot of shots went in and out. They're a really good defensive team, but a lot of our shots were open looks; we just couldn't make them today."
On the team's confidence level going into the second half ... "I thought we were controlling the pace of the game for most of the first half. We were kind of in control of that game, but we had some guys go onto the bench, and the game just kind of got away from us. But going into the locker room we were fine. We were up most of that half except for the last few minutes."
On what the team's mindset going into the last few games of the season ... "I think we are going to have to win those games anyways. We want to win those games obviously; no one is giving up on the season. We are playing some really good teams coming up."
U-M Sophomore Forward Zak Irvin
On being on the bench for Maryland's run to end the first half ... "Yeah it was really hard to watch them go on a 12-0 run at the end of the first half. I thought our guys were competing really hard."
On the team's shooting struggles ... "It was just tough to see a lot of our shots go in and out. A lot of Spike's (Albrecht) shots went in and out. When the shots aren't falling we just have to go to the free throw line and attack the rim."
On his growth this season ... "The game is just starting to slow down for me. My game has kind of evolved, and it's the drills that the coaches have, and it's the confidence that my team and my coaches put into me."