"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
"There's a certain level of confidence and composure he brings to the court," said sophomore forward Aubrey Dawkins, who played the bulk of his minutes as a freshman while LeVert sat on the end of the bench in a sweat suit. "When you know you have a player like that on your team of that caliber, it's just like, we're in his hands and he can do a lot of things for this team. It's a comfort. It's nice."
"I just really wanted to see him in a game and I loved what I saw," Beilein said. "He was active. He's got a motor. He's got some things he's got to work on. He doesn't have the strength to (play) the way he'd like to in the Big Ten yet, but that's what we're going to work on in-between (games) without inhibiting his ability to play the next game."
"I wouldn't change this for the world," Bartelstein said. "There was a point where I was 99 percent going to Penn, and then I wanted to see if I could live my dream of playing in the Big Ten. I waited, didn't commit and made the trip to Michigan. (Coach John Beilein) sold me on Michigan … how could I say no to that?"
"It's frustrating, but that's life," McGary said in front of his locker after the game. "Got shut down. Trey (Burke) doesn't always have good games, but we live and learn. I'll learn from the mistakes I made and get better."