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No. 9/9 Ohio State 66 (23-7, 13-4), Michigan 55 (13-15, 6-10)
February 27, 2010
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
Attendance: 18,862

POSTGAME QUOTES

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On game vs. Michigan
“I thought we got off to a good start. Michigan held the ball on us offensively in the first half and I thought our defense was a little impatient. We had some careless turnovers, but I told our guys at halftime to continue to attack the basket. We executed pretty good and guys made big plays for us down the stretch.”

On Dallas Lauderdale’s performance
“I thought Dallas was eager to play. Our guys were making great passes to find him. He did a nice job of finishing. He is an explosive player that can finish plays whenever the ball is around his normal vicinity.”

On offensive progression
“I don’t think we were perfect today, but realistically, we had a decent flow. I thought today we weren’t as sharp as we wanted to be. We want our five guys going at the same time together on the floor and we were a little sloppy. We always put a huge emphasis on executing, and overall, I thought we did that today.”

John Beilein, Michigan head coach
On his team’s first half performance
“I would say that the first half today was one of our better performances, but Ohio State is just such a talented team. There aren’t a lot of people out there that can do what Evan Turner does where you can just give him the ball 17 feet from the hoop and he makes it happen. We tried to keep the ball out of his hands but Buford found too many shots as well.”

 On Ohio State’s defense
“They really played good defense on Manny (Harris) today and we also had some breakdowns in the second half. When the adversity hit for us we kind of went into tape delay mode as a team and it hurt us.”

 On his team’s practices
“Lately we’ve been working with guys in practice that have been struggling. These guys come in each day with a great attitude and we saw some of the results today. It’s the only way we’re going to get better.”

 On playing in close games
“With the exception of maybe one game at home earlier this year, we’ve been right there in just about every game. We’re not as far away as some of the naysayers might like to point out.”

Evan Turner, junior guard
On the overall game
“It was another great team win to keep our momentum going in the next game and finish up our season.”‘

On upping the energy
We had to pick up the intensity and the defense. They definitely tried to slow the ball down and lure us to sleep. They kept making rebounds and tip-ins and little things and we couldn’t stop them. We had to increase the intensity. We had to play a little tougher. We started the quarter with a couple stops and a couple rebounds; we had to keep up the intensity.

Advice for the upcoming game at Michigan State
“Just try your hardest. There are no losers.”

On throwing the alley-oop pass to Lauderdale
“We threw the ball high in practice and I knew he was going to get it. I had no doubt he was going to grab the ball.”

On William Buford’s 24-point performance
“I always say Will is born to score. If you get him the ball, in any situation, he is going to score. He has confidence in his shot. He’s a shooter. He can score.”

William Buford, sophomore gaurd
On David Lighty’s foul trouble
“It affects us a lot. Dave is one of our defensive stoppers. But regardless, foul trouble is going to occur.”

On hitting his shots
“I had a lot of good looks on the perimeter and my teammates were able to get me the ball. I was just knocking down shots.”

Dallas Lauderdale, junior forward
On catching the alley-oop pass from Turner
“I just tell my teammates to just throw it and I’ll go get it.”

On  DeShawn Sims’ 11 points
“I try to do my job and do what I have to do the get the job done. My teammates help me out a lot, it wasn’t a one man effort. The coaches were all one me on how he put up 30 on me at Michigan.”