"Senior leadership."

When our West Coast Correspondent Don Hoekwater asked Coach Tommy Amaker to what he attributed the turnaround for current five game winning streak from the first six games, that was his reply. Here's Don's interview -- pictures to follow.

After tonights convincing 81-76 win over UCLA at Pauly Pavillion in Westwood, I (Don Hoekwater) had a chance to chat with Coach Amaker. "Two kids that have been significant for us have been (Lavelle) Blanchard and (Bernard) Robinson. Any time you have your two best players carry the team and play the way these two have is indicative of why we've been able to win."

A freshman crashed the upperclassmen party in todays game, however. Point guard Daniel Horton nailed seven three pointers to combine with Blanchard and Robinson for 60 of Michigan's 81 points. Horton led all scorers with 24 points.

Michigan never trailed in the game, scoring it's first non-conference road win since 1998. The Bruins gave the Wolverines a brief scare at the end, but the outcome was never really in doubt. The Wolverines look to even their record against the University of San Francisco on Jan. 2.

When I asked Senior Forward Gavin Groninger about the first six games he said, "We've been able to put that behind us and concentrate on the games in front of us. We're on a roll and we feel great heading into the Big Ten schedule." Gavin finished the game with two points and three rebounds.

I asked Coach Amaker about his feelings heading into the Big Ten portion of the season and he was a bit more reserved. "We have a ways to go, we're young of course, but wins like today help our confidence."

I was able to get one more question in regarding recruiting. On the situation with the big men Coach Amaker said, "We can neve have enough big men. Of course we have three quality kids coming in next year. Size is going to be improved next year and we are always looking for quality big guys."

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