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Nov. 11, 2006

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Thad Matta, Ohio State Head Coach
On his team’s performance on the night
“I’m proud of the way we got out of the gates. At times we showed our youthfulness, but we had guys step up and make plays. We are definitely a work in progress and we need to keep finding ways to get better.”

On his team’s defense on the night
“I thought we played much better defensively in the first half than in the second. We got some important stops when we needed to.”

On his team’s depth this season
“We basically have eight starters. We have a big advantage off the bench and all the players know they are going to see action at some point.”

On Loyola
“I think they are a very well coached, talented basketball team. We were fortunate to get a lead early. They are going to win a lot of games this season.”

Ron Lewis, Ohio State senior guard
On tonight being his best game at Ohio State
“Yea, I think it was. The one thing I am proud of is I went to the boards hard. Scoring will come but I have been focusing on going to the boards and I did that tonight.”

On Jamar Butler switching positions
“He will be iffy at times because it is a different position than he is used to. He will have his ups and downs but he will get used to it as the season goes on. We’re confident he’ll be ok.”

Ivan Harris, Ohio State senior forward
On his performance
“Once I get in there I just work hard. I bust my butt, do what coach tells me to do, and try to get everyone involved.”

Daequan Cook, Ohio State freshman guard
On his defense
“I think it has developed great. Playing defense sometimes takes away from your offense because you are working so hard, but coach says the offense will come. It isn’t how many points you score, its how many people you stop.”

On his confidence
“I was more confident. The seniors have told us it is a lot different when there is a sold-out house though, so I am waiting for that.”

Jim Whitesell, Loyola Head Coach
On Ohio State and the game
“They’re very impressive. They really hurt us on the offensive glass and then forced us to one side at the other end. We couldn’t get our guys freed up. We couldn’t get our guys open and they did. They did what we wanted to do.”