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Jan. 3, 2001

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Ohio State head coach Jim O’Brien
(On Johnson’s second foul) “I was very worried. I wanted to acknowledge (Will) Dudley and (Velimir) Radinovic. Both did a very good job. We didn’t have to play Kenny. We were able to increase our lead to 13 points with Kenny only playing five minutes.

(On Johnson) “Kenny played free without worry of fouls. He got transition things going and it kind of took off from there.”

(On Darby) “I think it was great the way Brent played, not only his shooting, but he had five assists and only two turnovers. He played with more confidence. I don’t know if this has any connection, but we had a heart-to-heart talk a few days ago about the way he was playing and his role.”

(On Northwestern’s offense) “It was great. We spent two days working on this stuff. I was happy because we eliminated a major part of their offense – layups. They play a unique style that is difficult to guard. They shoot layups and threes. We took away the layup. It was kind of `pick your poison.’

“We gave up threes. They do a great job coming off the high screen. You can’t take away everything, but I thought our guys did a great job.”

Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody
“Tonight I know our players were not moving too well and I have to give Ohio State credit for that. They basically just shot in the lane and challenged us. They sagged off us a lot. It seemed like there were five guys in the lane all night. It got to the point where our guys stopped cutting.

(On Darby) “All their trigger guys shoot very well, but we thought he was the guy who looked to take shots. They all seem to pass the ball very well. They were almost too unselfish tonight, but I guess we made it easy for them. “I’ve been really happy with the effort our guys have been showing all season long. If you’re going to have an opportunity, you’re going to have to make moves in the second half. They pretty much controlled the game all the way through.”