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Ohio State (4-1) 90, VMI (2-3) 57
St. John Arena
Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 25, 2007
Attendance: 6,670

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On playing in St. John
“I think it’s good to play here every once in a while. The Schott is our home and we love playing there, but when you step in this locker room and think about all the players and coaches who have come through here, it blows you away.” 

On the condition of Othello Hunter
“He’ll be fine. He just has a bad cold and he didn’t feel too good. No need to rush him back out there and risk making him worse.” 

On the team’s shooting performance
“There’s no question we have to shoot the ball better. Jamar is shooting well, but the other guys have to step up and knock down some shots. We’ve got to practice and work on some things and make sure we’re ready to play North Carolina.”

Jamar Butler, senior guard
On handling VMI’s pressure
“They pressed the whole game, so that made things tough. I had to bring the ball down the floor so it was difficult to for me to get shots off.”

On becoming Ohio State’s all-time 3-point leader
“The record means a lot to me. I’m in the record books at Ohio State. There have been some great players come through here so it really means a lot.” 

On playing in St. John Arena
“I like it here. Everyone is packed in real tight. It feels like the crowd is right on top of you. I wish we could play every game here, but the Schott is our home.”

On getting a win after coming off a loss
“Anytime you come off a loss, you want to play again as soon as possible. You never want to lose two in a row.”

Kosta Koufos, freshman forward
On VMI’s pressure during the game
“VMI worked really hard on their press. Our guards worked really hard so they deserve most of the credit. But it was nice to score 22 points tonight.” 

On playing in St. John Arena
“St. John is really fun to play in. The Schott is more of an NBA type facility, so it was nice to have the fans right on top of us.” 

Duggar Baucom, VMI head coach
On the game
“Ohio State is a very big, very athletic and very long team. They have a one-two punch system that works very well. They have Jamar Butler with the three-pointer and Kosta Koufos, well, he’s just a very good player. Our first 10 minutes were good. We matched up well and attacked our game. But after that, we started to play catch up.” 

On the success of their full court pressure
“At first, we did a great job creating turnovers and attacking the ball. Our energy was up the first 10 minutes. However, the last 30 minutes was a different story. It was rough and we lost a lot of energy. Ohio State took our spirit away.” 

On the success of Ohio State’s zone
“In our league, there isn’t any team that plays the zone so this will probably be the last time we’ll see it. They do a great job extending because they are long. We had good looks early on in the game but they started to contest all of our shots. I have never had so many jumpers blocked before in a game.”