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No. 1-seed Ohio State (22-13) 74, No. 3-seed Dayton (23-11) ­­63
March 26, 2008
2008 MasterCard NIT Quarterfinal
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 19,049 Sellout
  

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On changing to a smaller line-up at the end of the first half
“We made the change to go small with about three minutes left in the first half. They kept driving to the baseline on our bigs, and it was tough for them to guard. They went really small so we had to adjust.” 

On Ohio State’s growth as team this season
“Our growth has been amazing this season. We have come a long way the last few months with our maturity. We’re still not where I would like us to be but the improvement has been great.” 

On the atmosphere inside Value City Arena
“The atmosphere was incredible. Dayton has a tremendous program and their fans were also very good tonight. It really is a testament to them that they came out to support their team tonight.” 

On playing in Madison Square Garden in New York City
“There are going to be eight teams left playing in college basketball when we tip off next week. I am really proud of our guys’ effort all season. Now we get a chance to go back to New York and keep playing.” 

Jamar Butler, senior guard
On the NIT
“The NIT is a tournament. We want to win this thing. We still have 80 minutes of basketball to play.”

On having two senior games’
“It’s an emotional high. I had four good years here. I thank the fans. They are the greatest fans in the world.” 

On Ohio State’s NIT wins
“I think the fans had a lot to do with it. They’ve been great the last couple of nights.” 

On the game
“We made a lot of shots. Jon (Diebler) got us going in the second half. Kosta (Koufos) played great tonight.” 

Matt Terwilliger, senior forward
On pulling away in the second half
“We started to knock down shots. We played hard on defense. Our offense gets better and vice versa.”

On Jon Diebler’s shooting
“We tell him to keep shooting. There are days in practice he knocks them down and it keeps us going. We just keep telling him to shoot.” 

On advancing to the NIT semifinals
“We started (the season) there and we’re going to end it there. I’m excited to play 80 more minutes of basketball. I’m not ready for it to end. We still have two more games to win.” 

On being a Dayton native and playing the Flyers
“I was more amped to play in this game. It was good to beat them. There are not too many places I could go around Troy (Ohio) if we didn’t win.”

Brian Gregory, Dayton head coach
On the game
“I wish I could coach this team again, but Ohio State really came to play. There was a tough eight-minute stretch in the second half; I really felt we lost the game in that stretch. To be honest with you, I thought we got fatigued and they took advantage of that.” 

On Dayton guard Brian Roberts
“He’ll go down as one of the greatest players of all time in the program’s rich basketball history. He was in our first recruiting class here and those guys getting us to the postseason has got our program back on track. He’s a great player and a great person.” 

On Jon Diebler’s second half performance
“It’s hard because I know how great of a shooter I know Jon Diebler is. He hasn’t been able to show the ball into the ocean the last few weeks, but then he hit those two big 3-pointers in that eight-minute stretch and I felt that really got Ohio State going.”