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POSTGAME QUOTES

Northwestern 74 (16-4, 5-2 B1G), Ohio State 72 (12-8, 2-5 B1G)
Jan. 22, 2017
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 13,369

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On the outcome of the game
“If you look at the stat sheet and not the final score, you would say Ohio State won today. We weren’t as sharp as we needed. The turnovers led to baskets for them. I thought our half-court defense was pretty decent in terms of what were trying to and take away. Northwestern is too good to give them three points that’s for sure.”

On Trevor Thompson’s play in the post
“We were trying to go to him. That was the focal point of timeouts. We had to get the ball inside there. We felt good things were going to happen. Our post feeding wasn’t as sharp as it needed to be. We have to continue to work Trevor to post where we want him to post because he is effective when he gets it down there.”

 

Trevor Thompson, Ohio State junior center

On Ohio State’s performance coming off back-to-back wins

“We know we have to play harder. Our biggest thing these past few games has been competing. There were moments today where we split apart and didn’t compete.”

 

On Ohio State’s energy as a team

“That’s when it comes back to fighting. We have to play for Ohio State. We have to play for the University and for each other. What happens is we start to play for ourselves and were not thinking about the team. We have to be selfless. That has to be consistent.”

 

Jae’sean Tate, Ohio State junior forward

On Ohio State’s loss

“I just think at times we just were not locked in. We started a run but we couldn’t capitalize. At the end of the first half, we didn’t work together as a team and they had their run. That is what happened tonight.”

 

On Ohio State’s attempts to get the ball down low

“I think we did a good job of that. We had one set they were having a tough time guarding. We ran that most of the second half and it was good to us. We just have to be able to finish games.”

Chris Collins, Northwestern head coach
On his team’s win today
“It was definitely a motivating point for us for this game. The thing we have tried to do is live in the moment, and our guys have done a great job of that. We have to live in the moment of each game.”

On team’s performance in the last minutes of the game
“We withstood and took care of the ball. I think we got the ball to the right guys and we went up and made pressure free throws.”