Michigan shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. addresses the Wolverine's "little" guards, contributions…
Presser Transcript: Burke, Hardaway, McGary
Mitch McGary: It shows our team is capable of having anybody score at any moment. I think Caris and Spike came in and played a big role in our team, had a great first half. I think we had 16 bench points the first half. Just shows how mature our team has grown throughout the season.
Tim Hardaway, JR.: It's not a one-man team. Everybody in the media has been talking about it. That's why it's a team. It's a team win. That's what we focus on.
We know Trey is our leader. He's not going to have a game like he's always been the whole season. That's when our team steps up just tries to picks him up. He really doesn't need it, but we try to pick it up anyway, try to go out there and do a great job of competing.
Q. Tim, you had a rough shooting weekend last weekend against Kansas and Florida. 4 of 16 tonight. What has happened to your game?
TIM HARDAWAY, JR.: Nothing is happening. As long as we're winning, I'm fine. I can't focus on that right now. I can't focus on the offensive end. All I can do is focus on the defensive end to help my team win. My teammates do a great job of sticking behind me whatever decision I make while I'm out there on the court. The shots are not falling, but I can do more than that. I can rebound. I can pass. I can defend. That's what it's going to take to win the championship, that's what I'll do.
Q. Mitch, you've had a really good tournament so far. What has been the secret to your success?
MITCH McGARY: You know, just finding a role on the team. The guys need me to step up when the moment's needed. Trey and Tim have done a good job of being the opponents' key, keying on them a lot. I'm just getting a lot of open looks and make good decisions.
Q. Tim, can you walk through the two back-to-back plays with Michael Carter-Williams about two minutes left where he got the charge.
TIM HARDAWAY, JR.: Jordan Morgan came off the bench, did a fantastic job for us. That's why he's all Big Ten first team defense. He makes plays that a lot of us don't see out there. He saw Carter-Williams go to the basket, laid his body on the line, sacrificed himself for the team. Got us another possession.
Carter-Williams, the last to get fouled off, I was trying to knock down the handoff he did. He got a piece of me. I mean, the ref called the foul. I don't know what else to say.
Q. How close did that game actually feel for you in the final 10, 20 seconds?
Trey Burke: It was a close game throughout the whole game. I kept telling the guys coming out of halftime that Syracuse is a talented team, they're going to go on runs. This game is a game of runs. We just stuck together. Like coach said, we didn't have any timeouts at the end of the game. A lot of people would crack under pressure when you're in that type of situation.
We just continued to try to find ways to get the ball into our best foul shooter's hands. At the end of the day it came down to defense. We got a lot of stops on the defensive end and it allowed us to get out in transition where we're best at.
TIM HARDAWAY, JR.: Just like Trey said, he basically said the whole thing, so I'm fine.
It's incredible, just being in that situation, being on the defensive end for the last 20, 30 seconds of the game. We've been in that situation before all season long. We knew what it takes to get that last stop. It came down to getting that last rebound and we got it.
MITCH McGARY: For me, I could have probably made a little bit more free throws, probably sealed the deal, but that's the game that happens. Just for us to be on that last 10 seconds, try to get a stop when we needed it, was big for our team. I knew we grew from that.
Q. You attacked the Syracuse zone efficiently in the first half. In the second half, it didn't seem that way. What happened differently that it seemed a little disjointed?
TREY BURKE: Well, I just think they're magnificent in that zone. They have a lot of length. It's tough to try to get the ball into the middle. You think something's open, it may not be. They pride themselves in deflection. We just tried to be as careful as possible. We know they strive off of turnovers. They do a good job of turning turnovers into touchdowns. We gave up some good looks, sometimes we shot some looks that weren't necessarily there.
At the end of the day, it wasn't offense. A lot of us didn't have good shooting nights. But it was defense that allowed us to advance.
TIM HARDAWAY, JR.: Yeah, like Trey said, second half they were very, very, very active. They pushed their zone out a little bit further. It's kind of tough when you have shooters trying to shoot closer to the three-point line, when they push you out to the NBA three-point line. They were way more active and aggressive and tried to do a great job of containing us.
MITCH McGARY: Just like Tim said, they lengthened the zone a lot. Pressured the ball a lot more. Once we got in the high post, we got some good looks. Shots weren't falling the way we wanted them. Once we got second looks, they started falling.
Q. Looks like you guys got rolling in the first half a little bit when Caris hit a couple of shots and Albrecht as well. Can you just talk about their contributions.
TREY BURKE: We have guys that can come off the bench and give us sparks any given night. We don't necessarily know who it's going to be. Sometimes it may be Spike, sometimes it may be Caris on the defensive end. They both played their tails off tonight. They both knocked down shots that were there, that were given to them. They played defense.
It kind of allowed the veterans to play with more confidence.
Q. Trey, it wasn't your typical offensive night out there. Tell us about how you felt.
TREY BURKE: Like you say, it was an off night for me. I try not to force things, though. I took two or three shots that were kind of forced. But I tried to just get guys involved. I knew that their whole game plan was to try to make me shoot tough, contested threes. I tried to get the ball into the middle as much as possible, tried to hit the open man, tried to contribute in different ways other than scoring.
Q. Mitch, it seems like each game your game keeps expanding. Have you always had those pieces in your game, like the no-look passes?
MITCH McGARY: You know, yeah, I mean, I consider myself a good passer. Sometimes too crazy for Coach Beilein. Sometimes I turn the ball over. Open gym and stuff during the summer, I was doing no-look passes.
Just the time and the moment, just trying to make the right play.
Q. Could you talk about your thoughts on playing for the title on Monday night.
TIM HARDAWAY, JR.: I mean, playing for the title is what we've been working for all season long. This team made a lot of sacrifices to get to this point. We're just going to try to do a great job of containing Louisville and make sure we play Michigan basketball.
Q. C.J. Fair was dominant in the game. How did you shut him down at the end of the game?
TIM HARDAWAY, JR.: Just tried to do a great job containing him. He has a great first step going to the basket. He has a lot of jab series, pump fakes in his game. You have to be careful with what he does. We just tried to do a great job containing him, not give him anything easy in the last three minutes because we know he was their go-to guy.
Q. Trey, Monday night might be your last game at Michigan depending what you decide to do next year. Can you talk about what it's like to get to the last game of a season, what might be the last game of your career, how you think about that?
TREY BURKE: Well, that's something that I'll talk to my coaches and my family about after the season. You know, it feels great to just be playing on Monday night. A lot of teams aren't playing Monday night. Just to be able to have the opportunity to play here in Atlanta for a national championship, it's a dream come true.
That's where my mindset is at right now. It's kind of surreal. Growing up as a kid, watching March Madness, you always wanted to see yourself playing in the Final Four, playing in the national championship. Now that we're here, we're one step away from accomplishing a goal that we've set at the beginning of the year.
So I'm just excited for the opportunity.
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