Michigan head coach John Beilein addressed the media after Michigan dropped its fourth Big Ten game of the season at Wisconsin.
“… Really proud of where our kids competed. We don’t have lazy kids, we don’t have kids who don’t work hard, but the competition level that we’ve been emphasizing has to grow in all phases of our game. We really competed right to the last seconds. Proud that that’s a good step for us — in this league if you don’t compete really really hard, you’re not going to win. … And this is as difficult a place to win in as you can. Up six with six to go: I’ve seen that movie before. They did a great job down the stretch. We did not make some shots, they made some shots and that’s the story.”
On Koenig three-pointer(s):
“They ran an elevator play to get him open in the middle. And then the last one, we’re not supposed to get help off him and we made that mistake. So you just can’t give him that type of room to get that done. One was a great play, he hit like a 25-footer running away from the basket out of an elevator. That’s hard to do, so you’ve got to give him that one. The other one we allowed him to get, and we feel bad about it, but it’s not a game of (perfection).”
On Michigan’s foul trouble:
“It’s all confusing. Confusing. We lead the country in not fouling. It was confusing what happened, so we’ll just let it go.
On team’s improvement:
“I think the schedule gets harder right now. We’re three or four possessions from being — the only game that was not right down to the wire was the Illinois game. So we haven’t been able to do that, and what do you do? You just keep working at it and working at it and working at it, and it’s a play here and a play there and you see what you can do.”
“There are some great things coming together. You ask any coach that’s out there, how many times do you beat a top-25 team on the road, and it just doesn’t happen. We got one here a couple years ago and it is not easy to do. It’s not easy to win on the road as is. …”
“We tried to give him as many opportunities as we can. And he embraces that, he does a great job. I know he could lead the team in assists and shots, and that’s rare, that we want him to shoot it and we want him to look for (his teammates). Him and Derrick did a really good job today.”