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No. 1 Ohio State 62 (23-0, 10-0), Michigan 53 (13-10, 3-7)                                                     
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
February 3, 2011
Attendance: 18, 809
POSTGAME QUOTES

OHIO STATE
Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“Honestly, I give Michigan a lot of credit. We were not as sharp as we needed to be in the first half. We gave up turnovers that lead to easy baskets. It’s unacceptable. “

On the defensive effort tonight
“Defense was the biggest key tonight, there were several big plays and rebounds, and I think it was just a good team effort.”

On intensity of the game
“I thought our guys did a very good job of maintaining composure when things didn’t go the way we wanted them to go.”

On the offense
“We weren’t as sharp, and transition-wise we weren’t as good as we needed to be.  A couple of those turnovers were very uncharacteristic of us.”

On William Buford
“Will is Will, I say that all the time, but Will is Will. They sagged off of him a couple times and he was able to knock down big shots.”

On how the team plays in the second half
“They like to win; they are very intuitive in preparation. They are dialed-in and I think they enjoy each other’s company. They have respect for each other and don’t want to let each other down.”

William Buford, junior guard
On his mindset during the game
“Every shot I shoot, I expect it to go in. It just went down in the second half.”

On upcoming competition
“We know every team’s going to come after us because we’re the number one team in the country.”

Aaron Craft, freshman guard
On guarding Michigan guard Darius Morris
“The Big Ten’s full of great point guards. It wasn’t just me guarding him. We had to get our bigs to help out. We did a really good job of trying to contain him.”

On their strengths as a team
“I think the biggest thing is that we have confidence in our offensive ability. One of the biggest keys is our defensive ability. We pick it up when we need to and that kind of sparks it.”

On Michigan’s play
“They put good defensive pressure on us. We were just turning the ball over way too much. We weren’t scoring too much and they were going down and scoring on us. We were also taking some bad shots.”

On their team mindset
“I think that goes to our senior leaders and our coaching staff for reminding us that it’s one game at a time. We just try and take it one game at a time and not get too complacent.”

Jared Sullinger, freshman forward
On the second half
“In the second half, we just took our intensity to another level. We know that it’s Michigan and they were going to give their toughest game. We knew about the rivalry, and we just had to take it to another level.”

On the team’s intensity
“I know it helps going into the tournament. In March, it’s a whole another level. We have a taste of almost being undefeated.”

On his play
“I wasn’t really thinking about getting mine. I wanted it for the team.”

On scoring
“There are times when I feel like I can score, and there are times when I’m double teamed.”

On his free-throw shooting
“I know with free throws, when they go in and out, I get frustrated.”

MICHIGAN
John Beilein, Michigan head coach
On the second half
“Almost anytime that they made runs, we got to the basket. They played us differently than everyone has played us by locking down all the shooters. They were going to keep the two-game in the middle and shut out all of our passes.”

On fouls
“When you’re guarding the length and quickness they have, and Jared Sullinger, it’s hard to guard without fouling. You’re looking at the number one team in the country. Jared Sullinger is a freshman but an unusual freshman. It’s incredible. He’s hard to guard and you can get to foul trouble. We traditionally do not get to the foul line lots as a team but we get there more than four times.”

On forward Jordan Morgan’s second half play
“That’s where we tried to go. It’s hard to get the ball to him in some situations. We tried to get the ball to him as much as we could. They did a good job of defending us.”

On changes at halftime
“I told them we can win the game. You’re up in the game and you can play with these guys. We tried to make more adjustments about how they were playing us. They did a great job and took us out of some things.”

On guard Tim Hardaway, Jr.
“For him to score 15 points with David Lighty on him he had a good day.”

On whether or not Ohio State will remain undefeated
“Well, we won’t beat them unless it’s the tournament. They have a good team. Anyone can get you anytime. It’s never been easy but home or away you are in for a battle. Ohio State is really good. There is a reason why they are undefeated.”