The Wolverine players talk about Oklahoma

The players talk about Oklahoma: Manny Harris, Deshawn Sims, Zack Novak, Stu Douglass.

Question: Who simulated Blake Griffin in practice and seriously though, how do you prepare for somebody like that?

DeShawn Sims: "Big Eric Puls, he does a great job of playing all the great big men around the country. It's hard to simulate a player of his talent or any other talent. We just do the best we can and just know the know goal in mine is not really trying to equal the potential but just try to get work done and being able to note positions and whatever he be in."

Question: Zack (Novak), do you think having played a game in this tournament is going to make a difference in how everybody settles in, in the first few minutes against Oklahoma?

Zack Novak: "I think definitely it'll help a lot. It's kind of one of those things were we are a young team and obviously none of us have every played in the tournament before. It showed the first couple minutes against Clemson, we were a little shaky, but we relaxed as the game went on, so I don't think we'll have a problem this next game."

Question: Stu (Douglass), when three point shots aren't falling and people say it's just a matter of being streaky, that kind of thing. Do you guys go back and look at film with coach and look for technical stuff to do on your shots, like maybe you're hitting the front of the rim, back of the rim?

Stu Douglass: "Sometimes. Coach stresses not leaving it short, but last night we didn't talk about it much. Sometimes you just have those types of games. Sometimes there is a tweak here or there, but if you are shooting within the offense and good shots, then he doesn't care too much."

Question: Zack how hard is it to look at this completely as a business trip without enjoying the fact that you are at the NCAA tournament?

Zack Novak: "We are enjoying it. It is business, but nothing is guaranteed, it is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I think it is kind of trying to find a balance. When it's time to get to work, you get to work. You have got to enjoy it because you never know if it is going to be there again."

Question: Manny, obviously one of the big match up will be you and Willie Warren, what do you know about him and how do you think that match up will kind of stack up heading into the game?

Manny Harris: "I don't know much about him and I don't know if he looked at it as a match up. I look at it as a match up of Oklahoma and Michigan, trying to get our team a win."

Question: Manny what was it like changing, adjusting your style of game? What was it like adjusting your style of game to Beilein's system, you were a driver and got into the lane and now it is more jump shooting.

Manny Harris: "Obviously I was coming from high school, so I knew I was going to have to develop as a player and that's all he did. It wasn't changing my style. He just developed me as a player and that's pretty much it."

Question: Peedi, you said last night that you were going to play better in the next dame and obviously there were things that didn't work for you last night; what are you going to do differently and how do you know that?

DeShawn Sims: "Know what? When it's tomorrow, you always have higher expectations of yourself and me just going out, playing hard and aggressive. More hard and aggressive than I did the next night. I look at that as playing better. Give more effort and play more aggressive."

Question: Manny, what do you know about the Fab Five and when did you first become aware of them?

Manny Harris: "I know a little something about the Fab Five. It's just something that a lot of people just talked about. My first time probably becoming aware of it was in high school or something like that. Like I said, I know a little about them. I learn more and more each day almost at the University of Michigan."

Question: Have you met any of them?

Manny Harris: "Yes, met probably two or three."

Question: Does playing in the Big Ten, help you prepare for playing a physical player like Blake Griffin?

DeShawn Sims: "Yeah. There's great players, not maybe with the potential of Blake has but all over the Big Ten and the physical play and the games being grinded out and most the Big Ten is for basketball game, for a big man game, it is dominated, there are not too many guys getting 13 or 12 rebounds a game in the Big Ten because it is such a physical game. It definitely prepared us to play against guys of his caliber."

Question: For Stu and then for DeShawn, short turnaround time for Oklahoma, you've seen how your coaches attack a prep time, can you give us a sense of how they've gone after this particularly one and what they've delivered to you in a short time and was it a late night last night?

Stu Douglass: "Pretty normal for a one day prep, film and a walkthrough. Normal preparations, we don't have three days, kind of like we did in this last game. They are going to prepare us the best they can and we are confident for that. One day or three days, we are going to be ready."

DeShawn Sims: "Coach Beilein had stressed right after the Clemson game it is not enough. So anything that we have to do to be prepared to play Oklahoma as far as mentally and physically, we just have to think of it that way. It's not enough just to being here for Coach Beilein or this team."

Question: Since Stu and Zack, since you guys were named in the tournament…obviously you guys were in high school last year at this time; how much have you heard from back home and friends, what's the traffic been like on your cell phone and Facebook?

Stu Douglass: "I think I got like 60 texts last night, wasn't really expecting it. Just a lot of support and a lot of love back home. People are just excited and proud of individually and this team. This team is doing something that it's never really done before, really over the last 10 years and they are just really proud of us."

Zack Novak: "Yeah pretty much the same thing. Everybody, I mean coming from a smaller town like that, everybody is really excited…a lot of text messages, Facebook messages everything, the whole bit."

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