John Beilein seemed pleased after Michigan’s 87-57 win over Alabama A&M and who could blame him? For one of the first times this season, Michigan came out of the gate hot and kept it that way — cruising to an easy victory. Here’s video of what the coach had to say about his team’s performance, followed by notes and quotes after the jump.

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Trey Burke, Evan Smotrycz, Carlton Brundidge and Zack Novak met with the media after Michigan’s 87-57 win over Alabama A&M. Watch the interviews in the embedded media players below:

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Game 11: Alabama A&M at Michigan Open Thread


Michigan and Alabama A&M square off in a Saturday early afternoon bout. The Wolverines are looking to wrap up their pre-conference slate on a high note while Alabama A&M is still searching for its first win against a Division I foe.

Tip off is scheduled for 12 p.m. noon at Crisler Arena and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Eric Collins and Jim Jackson on the call. Join us in the comments section below before, during and after the game.

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Media availability was cut short due to final exams but the Michigan athletic department still released a handful of sound clips from Zack Novak, Evan Smotrycz and Trey Burke in preparation for Alabama A&M. Find the audio of the player interviews embedded below or read along with our transcript.

Zack Novak

On his leadership role evolving: “I think as a sophomore it was a little more difficult just because you’re leading guys that have more experience than you, have been around longer than you, that really were leading you just a year before, but you kinda get put in a different position. It was delicate. It wasn’t easy, but it was a really good experience.” [click to continue…]

Notes, Quotes & Video: John Beilein Previews Alabama A&M

John Beilein met with the media after practice early this afternoon to discuss tomorrow’s game against Alabama A&M. Most importantly, he confirmed that Tim Hardaway Jr. is fine after bruising his tailbone last Tuesday. Hardaway will play at full capacity tomorrow against Alabama A&M and has been practicing all week. Here’s video of what the coach had to say, followed by notes and quotes after the jump.

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Game 11: Alabama A&M at Michigan Preview

Who: Alabama A&M (2-3) at No. 18 Michigan (8-2) vhi2r97edur3pxvl4snh4u7pg[1]
Where: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI
When: 12:00 p.m. ET, December 17th, 2011
Radio: MGoBlue / WWJ 950AM,  WWWW 102.9 FM, Sirius 85, XM 85
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The 10 teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference have combined to beat five Division I opponents this season. Alabama A&M has not added to that tally. Ken Pomeroy’s computers actually rank the Bulldogs a couple slots below Michigan’s previous opponent, Arkansas Pine Bluff. A&M returns less than half of its production from a season ago and is projected to finish square in the middle of the SWAC thanks to the return of last season’s leading scorer, Casey Cantey.

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