Transcript: Beilein, Douglass and Novak After Duke Loss

John Beilein, Stu Douglass and Zack Novak took to the podium and addressed the media after Michigan’s gutwrenching loss to Duke. We’ll have video later.

COACH JOHN BEILEIN: Great basketball game. So many ups and downs in the game and really proud of our team. I felt we spent a lot of time convincing them this year that they could win, no matter who they were playing against. They believed it and almost came through again today against another top, top team.

We’d like to have some plays back earlier in the game. I can’t even recall any of them, but there were a few. That’s part of coaching. Down the last few minutes, really proud of how hard — if you ever played the wing of a 1-3-1 zone, you are running for, you know, like crazy. The bottom guy is running from corner to corner. They did not show any fatigue in that and that was a great obviously thing for us to be able to go to that zone.

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Video: Darius Morris and Tim Hardaway Jr. React to Duke Loss

Here’s video of Darius Morris and Tim Hardaway Jr. facing the media in the locker room.

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NCAA Tournament 2011: Michigan vs. Duke Open Thread

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Michigan will play its 35th game of the season for an opportunity to play a 36th. Tip off is scheduled for 30 minutes after the UNC-Washington game concludes, which is estimated around 2:45 pm. The game will be nationally televised on CBS or you can stream the game on As always, we encourage you to join the discussion in the comments during the game and check out our various pre-game features.

Video: Michigan Pre-Duke Press Conference

You can read the full transcript here.

NCAA Tournament 2011: Michigan vs. Duke Preview

Who: Duke (31-4) vs. Michigan (21-13) duke-logo[1]
Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
When: ~2:45 ET, Sunday, March 20th (30 mins after UNC/UW)
TV: CBS / Online Streaming
Radio: MGoBlue / WTKA 1050 AM
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Two years ago, Michigan upset Duke at home and rode the ensuing wave of momentum to its first NCAA tournament berth in over a decade. Now, the Wolverines have an opportunity to advance to the Sweet 16 by upsetting the Blue Devils again. The stage is set with a mid-afternoon nationally exclusive tip off on CBS and excessive newspaper stories surrounding three lines from Jalen Rose’s Fab Five documentary circling through the newspapers. Plenty of eyeballs will be tuned in for this one. A Michigan win would be monumental, a loss means one of the most surprising Michigan seasons in quite some time concludes in Charlotte.

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Transcript: Michigan Pre-Duke Press Conference

imageHere’s the full transcript of Michigan’s press conference this afternoon discussing the upcoming game with Duke. John Beilein, Stu Douglass, Darius Morris and Zack Novak were all on the podium. We should have video posted later tonight. Audio from the Michigan players and also Coach Beilein are posted on (Photo: MGoBlue)

Q. For Stu, how much of the Duke game did you guys get to watch and could you give me your impressions?
STU DOUGLASS: Started out pretty quick. We watched a lot of film. Coach gave us a great game plan. Broke down a lot of stuff. Great team, lot of size. Lot of different ways — they can run their offense and defense. Lot of different, you know, matchups for us. It will be a good game.

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