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Jan. 5, 2017

POSTGAME QUOTES
No. 20 Purdue 76 (13-3, 2-1 B1G), Ohio State 75 (10-5, 0-2 B1G)
Jan. 5, 2017
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 13,221

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
If close losses have been affecting your team
“No. I thought they came back and competed tonight. Tough loss the other night, but I loved our effort and our energy.”

On Jae’Sean Tate’s play tonight
“I thought J.T. was ultra-competitive tonight. I thought he did a tremendous job. He knew what we wanted to do offensively, and he took advantage of it. I liked his effort.”

On the grueling Big Ten schedule
“That’s why you take it one game at a time. When the schedule came out, I looked at it and said ‘uh oh.’ By the same token, we got to get ourselves ready to go on Sunday in Minneapolis. Obviously, Minnesota is playing great basketball right now.”

Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State junior forward
On being concerned about losing another tough one
“I wouldn’t say concerned, because we work our butts off every day. We’re in here every day. Just got to keep grinding, and just got to keep working. Just keep trusting coaching. From all the years I’ve been here, this team, I really feel like we want it. This team, I feel like everybody is working hard. We just have to figure out a way to bring that emotion and energy every night. Keep working hard because eventually we are going to hit our stride.”

On bench play tonight
“I feel like the bench gave us the best spark of the year tonight. They just got to keep doing that throughout the game. Those guys played their butts off tonight. Just got to keep that going and keep the train moving. It’s a long season. Nobody in the Big Ten is going to go undefeated because it’s such a tough conference. We just have to turn this train around.”

Marc Loving, Ohio State senior forward
On being emotional after this game
“We feel like we’ve worked as hard as we possibly can and left it all on the floor. Guys are going to be emotional because it’s just the love of the game. We want to win.”

Matt Painter, Purdue head coach
On what he takes away from this game
“Obviously, being able to hang in there, it’s one of those games that could have went either way. We are fortunate to be on the winning side of it. We’ve had a lot of games in this arena where it’s went to overtime or been close at the end and could have went either way.”

On how the team came up with so many offensive rebounds
“I think it was effort. I think, also, when you have the size that we have and at times you get into rotations that you don’t usually get into, you might be able to stop people but you also don’t have good rebound balance. At times there were some gaps there when some guys had to help out or help in the post or rotate, and we were able to get in there.”

On the impact that Jae’Sean Tate and size has on the team
“I think it’s huge. A lot of people look at it like we ultimately have the advantage because we are bigger. But Jae’Sean Tate is a very productive player. He’s always given us trouble, he plays hard.”