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No. 2/3 Ohio State 82 (27-2, 14-2), Indiana 61 (12-17, 3-13)                                                     
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
February 27, 2011
Attendance: 18,809
POSTGAME QUOTES

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On Ohio State’s play
“I think the opening play happened and I was a little nervous we wouldn’t get our minds where we needed – to be locked down on defense. Deshaun (Thomas) came in and I like him making shots, but thought he was really locking in defense.”

On the play of Deshaun Thomas
“He’s got such a natural way of finding areas. He has never wavered; the work that he puts in before and after practice. He warms up quick; the whole key is what he is ready to do on the defensive end.”

On locking in on defense
“We’ve allowed too high of a field goal percentage. We’ve turned some teams over, but we needed to get back to a mindset of defense. We’ve got to keep that intensity, every play it has got to be there. You look at Illinois and Purdue, we gave up some easy baskets.”

On moving up to No. 1
“It comes along with it. What I always say is that we really want to be there in the end and put ourselves in that position.”

On the importance of Big Ten play
“I think it’s huge like I said we haven’t mentioned postseason play. The body of work of playing in any league is a challenge and tough; there is so much merit in that. I think that just going nine at home and nine on the road, I know it means a lot to me.”

David Lighty, senior guard
On Deshaun Thomas’ big game
“He has been working hard and getting better every day. Not just at scoring, but on both sides of the ball.”

On motivation to beat Indiana
“It was just like any other game, just play 40 minutes of Ohio State Defense. We were trying to get back to the defense we were playing at the beginning of the year, and hold them to under 40 percent shooting.”

On facing Penn State
“Every game since my freshman year it’s been a close game, so they are going to be looking to beat us. Every game in the Big Ten is rough and they will bring their ‘A’ game. “

On the short break between games preparing them for the NCAA Tournament
“In the tournament you only get one day between game days, so it is kind of like a preparation for the tournament.”

William Buford, junior guard
On Jared Sullinger’s foul trouble
“We knew that he was in foul trouble early, but we just kept playing hard. Dallas [Lauderdale] played great today getting blocks and rebounds.”

On being a post threat when Jared Sullinger left the game
“It wasn’t so much about Jared [Sullinger] being out of the game. My teammates are always telling me to post up when I have a mismatch down low.”

Deshaun Thomas, freshman forward
On his performance
“It felt great, every day in practice Coach Matta was telling me we need you, and after today I’m proud of myself and my teammates.”

On what started his scoring
“It was just about getting to my spots and hitting the shots. After the first two threes, I could tell that I was getting warm.”

On his improving defense
“It’s about guarding my guy. I’ve been working on it in practice and I’m more focused on my defense than my offense right now. Unlike in high school when I was more worried about scoring.”

Tom Crean, Indiana head coach 
On the game
“We had momentum in the first half until the fouls started piling up and they got to the foul line. You have to be clicking on the offensive and defensive end to beat a team like this. When they started to get momentum we couldn’t get it back.”

On Deshaun Thomas
“He played very well today. He hit open shots and I have to give credit to him, he made the big threes. He is the all-time leading scorer in Indiana history; I think he played well tonight.

On attacking the basket
“We just weren’t as fearless about going to the basket against a team like this. (Tom) Pritchard had a wide open dunk to start the game and didn’t finish.”

On altercation with Thad Matta
“My concern is this, I don’t think coaches should get a free conference at the end of halves with officials. I don’t do it; I don’t think other coaches should. The half is over and the officials need to be off the court just like the teams.”