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Jan. 8, 2005

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Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
Opening statement
“Obviously I was proud of the way we came out to play today. I think this is a good win for our team. I am proud of the way we have comeback from a loss on Wednesday night against Illinois. I am very pleased with our mindset across the board. (Pierre) Piece is a good player and we did not have an answer for him at all, but we were able to control their other scorers.”

On the first half
“That was probably our best half of basketball we have played for an extended period of time, but there are still things we can do better.”

On Brandon Fuss-Cheatham
“Brandon Fuss-Cheatham played like a senior today. I thought he did a good job getting us into the flow of our offensive.”

Terence Dials, Ohio State junior center
On the importance of winning the game
“It was important for us to get a Big Ten win, especially at home. We saw some positives from the Illinois game in the first half and we tried to carry that into today’s game.”

On maintaining the lead throughout the game
“We just kept the mentality that we can’t get down on ourselves when times get tough. In the past when things got tough we would get out of our system. When we regrouped and got back into our system we built a lead and never looked back.” Tony Stockman, Ohio State senior guard
On the game
“We came out aggressive and made shots when we had to. I think one of the deciding factors of the game was that they had a lot of turnovers which we converted them into points.”

Je’Kel Foster, Ohio State junior guard
On opening up the perimeter
“I credit Terence (Dials) for our looks outside the arc. Their coaches watched film on him and have seen stat sheets and know what he can do, so I think they tried to stop him with double teams which opened up the outside.”

On Ohio State’s game strategy
“We tried to come out and pressure the ball from the beginning. We did a good job of pressuring from the start and forced them to make turnovers that we converted.”

Iowa head coach Steve Alford
On his team’s three-point defense
“This game we didn’t want them shooting three’s. We wanted them to shoot inside the arc. 12-28 is not anywhere close to what we wanted them to be.”

On Iowa’s defensive play
“We had lots of missed assignments. When we do that, we can’t take away their strengths.”

On game-planning for Ohio State
“When you prepare for Ohio State, it’s 3-pointers and Dials. They don’t really have any other post guys. We missed a lot of defensive assignments.”

On Iowa’s play this week in losses to Michigan and Ohio State
“It’s been a bad week of how to follow scouting reports. There was a lack of concentration and effort at both ends. In our first two Big Ten games, our starts have been bad. You can’t play from 14 to 15 points down and expect to win.”