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Jan. 13, 2001

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Ohio State head coach Jim O’Brien
“We came into this game with a clear plan about being more aggressive on the perimeter. We wanted to pressure the ball and not give up as many threes as we’ve been giving up. We did a good job in the first half, but that got away from us in the second half.

(On second half) “They played a lot of zone in the second half, which left us with a lot of wide-open threes. I thought Sean Connolly did a good job hitting shots.

“I’m disappointed to some degree. We won the game and beat a very good team. They were 13-2 and they beat Wisconsin, Marquette and Nebraska, but I’m disappointed about how we managed the last 10 minutes. Giving up 50 points in a half is not very good. Our turnovers were not very good.

“They abandoned their offensive plays and sets and were trying to take us off the dribble. We kept getting called for foul after foul after foul with the hand checks. You tend to get gun-shy after that.

“You have nothing to lose when you’re behind. You can fire up the threes and pressure the ball.

“We got scattered. We were trying alley-oops and that is what I’m disappointed about.

“Their pressure was not that big. I thought it was more us than them.”

Brian Brown
(On second half) “Our play was scattered. They wanted us to play that way. We made bad decisions and careless mistakes. We rushed the offense, didn’t set up the press and had too many turnovers. We need to do better with the ball.”

(On Coach O’Brien) “He was happy with our first win in the Big Ten, but disappointed with our play in the second half. ” Ken Johnson
(On game play) “This was a really good win for us. We played tough in the second half. In the second half we were sluggish – a lot of missed opportunities and free throws.

(On Minnesota defense) “In the second, there were a lot of double teams. My job was to go out and find the open man.”

Sean Connolly
(On his play) “I was just trying to play my game. I tried to play this way against Penn State, but I just didn’t have the open looks. Today I had the open looks and stepped up.

(On importance of win) “Every game in the Big Ten is huge. We’ve just got to win at home.”

Minnesota head coach Dan Monson
“To our players credit, we came out in the second half and didn’t give in. We were more tentative about Johnson in the first half, but in the second half we didn’t have time to worry about him.

“We’re comfortable out there on the perimeter. In the first 20 minutes, they pushed us out there and we were settling for long shots instead of pushing it in. I think we went through an eight-minute stretch with only two points. You can’t go on the road and win by doing that.”