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No. 4/5 Ohio State 102, North Carolina A&T 61
November 12, 2010
Columbus, Ohio (Value City Arena)
Attendance: 13,302

POSTGAME QUOTES

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On the overall game
“I think there were a couple main things about tonight. We didn’t guard as well as we need. They had amazing quickness and explosion tonight. We committed 22 fouls which is not something we can do. We need to fix this fast. The rebounding tonight made the difference in the game.”

On the freshmen
“We try to help them with their nerves by how we practice. We take out thinking and go fast and furious for two hours in practice. We make them function while breathing hard and being tired. I thought all six had great demeanor tonight.”

On Deshaun Thomas
“He has been so focused on his defense in practice. I always say if you focus on defense the offense will come and he found this out today. He got some 3’s, got to the foul line and scored inside. That’s the impact we thought he would have.”

On the team averaging over 100 points after two games
“Hopefully we put the ball in the basket more in the future. We didn’t shoot particularly well tonight. I always say we want to average a lot of points and play fast. I tell the guys we want a lot of possessions in a game. I don’t know if we can maintain that average, it’ll be challenging.”

Jared Sullinger, freshman center
On the team’s pregame talk
“Coach told us before the game we can either start out 0-1 or 1-0 and he put the game in our hands. We just went out and handled our business.”
 
On his problems finishing around the basket in the first half
“Those are the type of shots I usually hit in practice. I need to be able to finish in games too, and I think I was a little better in the second half at doing that.”
 
On his ability to score in the paint
“Coach just reminded me at the end of the game that once name gets out there, I’m going to start getting double teamed. I need to be prepared for that.”
 
Deshaun Thomas, freshman forward
On his mindset entering the game
“We had a great couple of practices after the Walsh game and we felt really comfortable and relaxed heading in. It was nice to finally get out there and play a game that counted.”
 
On his role with the team
“My job is to come out and play hard and keep the team hyped and motivated. I just need to stay humble and learn how to become a better player.”
 
Dallas Lauderdale, senior forward/center
On his numerous opportunities to block shots
“It’s not necessarily a good thing because it means the guards are getting driven on, but I was happy to do what could to help the team.”
 
On his mindset entering his senior season
“I feel a lot quicker and more in shape and I’m able to move a lot better – I’m like a gazelle out there.”
 

Jerry Eaves, North Carolina A&T head coach
Opening Statement
“Ohio State is a very good team and a very deep team. It was a good opportunity for our team to play that level of talent. They had more offensive rebounds than our rebounds in total.  They outrebounded us 60-22 so it could have gotten ugly.  I was proud of my players though.”
 
On his team’s strategy
“We press. That is how we play. I am preparing my team for our march. We play man to man versus everyone. We could have played slower but that is not how we play. We wanted to make sure we played our way to get better at the way we play. We wanted to score seventy shots. That was our goal.”
 
On Ohio State
“They have all the pieces they need to go all the way. Dallas Lauderdale had such a presence blocking shots. Deshaun Thomas can shoot the lights out the ball. That is part of their depth. There are a lot of weapons here.”