January 30, 2018

Postgame Quotes: No. 17 Ohio State 71, Indiana 56

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Jan. 30, 2018

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POSTGAME QUOTES
No. 17 Ohio State 71 (19-5, 10-1 B1G), Indiana 56 (12-11, 5-6 B1G)
Jan. 30, 2018
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 14,041

Chris Holtmann, Ohio State head coach
On his major takeaways from this game
“There are definitely some things we can learn from this for Sunday’s game versus Illinois. I did not like our ball handling, passing, and decision making at times. We are playing a team on Sunday that turns you over like no one else in the country so hopefully we can correct that in the coming days. Illinois is going to come at our throats from the opening tip and we just have to be able to come back.”

On Keita Bates-Diop’s impact on the game
“He really impacts the game in a lot of ways. People continue to be really physical with him and he’s struggled with that at times. He’s just got to handle it better, but, he still had a major impact on the game with his ability. He had five assists, four blocks, and 13 rebounds, and that’s what good players do. They find other ways to impact the game.”

On the strong leadership from the older players on this team
“You really want to be a player led team as much as possible. At this point in the year, guys are really going to pay attention if guys like JT say it because he’s earned the right, and so has Keita (Bates-Diop). As much as possible, we want to be player-led. JT is all about winning right now, Keita is all about winning right now, C.J. Jackson is really committed to winning, Andrew Dakich wants nothing more than Ohio State to win, Kam too, and on down the line.”

On the development of Kaleb Wesson
“We beat the living crap out of him every day in practice. He has made strides and I have been very pleased with him. It is really good to see him finish a little bit better through contact than maybe what he did four, five games ago. “

Archie Miller, Indiana head coach
On whether the schedule affected the team’s play
“Yes, probably a little bit. I think if you ask any coach though, they would say every coach has their own rhythm. Ohio State just recently came off a stretch about a week and a half ago, where they had four games in eight days. I think we’re hitting seven in 17 days on our stretch right now. When you’re at game five in 12 days it’s difficult. Every coach just has to absorb the ups and downs. For us we just have to get back on our feet, clean some things up, and get ready for a very difficult game against Michigan State.”

Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State senior forward
On the team having a strong start to the game
“I mean that was our primary goal. We had a stretch where we would let teams set the tone. Coach told us ‘we’re going back hunting.’ I think we did a great job of being aggressive, but I still think we can be more aggressive.”

On talk about possibility to win Big Ten championship entering the locker room
“The opportunity is hard not to think about, but like we’ve been saying all year, we have to take it one game at a time. We can’t let a game two weeks from now be our focus. We take it day by day, practice by practice. At the end of the season, if we played hard for 40 minutes, then good things will happen.”

Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State freshman center
On being perfect from the field
“My coaches and teammates did a great job of putting me in the right spots, just giving me looks I’ve been working on every day.”

On contributing to the team at a high level
“I mean it feels great. It feels great to win as a team. We’re always looking for good wins, and that’s something we’re focusing more on.”