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Ohio State (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) 68, Columbia (1-2, 0-0 Ivy League) 54
Value City Arena
Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 13, 2007
Attendance: 13,427
 

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On the game
”With the zone, we were patient and we delivered with what we were doing. We tied all offense with defense. Although, we didn’t play with the energy we needed to defensively.”

On OSU senior Jamar Butler
“I felt like in the first stretch he was stationary. I wanted him to get more involved and get more into the flow of what we were doing. Thankfully for us, he listened and he did a great job.” 

On zone defense
“We got some time to work on man to man defense. We’re working on it everyday. Although the zone has been pretty effective for us.” 

Jamar Butler, senior guard
On the struggles in the first 25 minutes of the game
“Coach looked at me and told me to make a play. They were in zone, so I had the opportunity and I hit some threes.” 

On the chemistry with Kosta Koufos
“I think Kosta and I feed well off each other. Basketball is outside in and having a good big man helps us both.” 

Kosta Koufos, freshman forward
On having Jamar as his point guard
“It’s easier for me having a shooter like Jamar. Guys either collapse on him and I’m open or he is open and I can dish it out to him.”

On the defensive effort after struggling in the preseason
“Findlay played a great game against us. The 6 A.M. practice really motivated us. We worked a lot on our defense and it has paid off so far.” 

Joe Jones, Columbia head coach
On Columbia’s loss to Ohio State
“Obviously we’re disappointed that we didn’t come away with a win tonight, but I’ve never been as proud of the way our team competed than tonight.” 

On playing a physical game against Ohio State
“We’re a physical team and [Ohio State] is awfully big. We like to play a physical game. It was a fun game to coach in. Both teams played hard.” 

On Ohio State point guard Jamar Butler
“He hurt us tonight with his shooting in the first half. He’s an excellent player. He’s a great shooter and plays under control.”