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Feb. 23, 2016

POSTGAME QUOTES   
Ohio State 62 (18-11, 10-6 B1G), No. 6 Michigan State 81 (23-5, 10-5 B1G)
Feb. 23, 2016  
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 14,257   

 

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach

On Michigan State’s performance
“First and foremost, Valentine is the best player in the country. He does so much and just his pace is great. He gets so many guys where he needs them. They run a ton of stuff, run it well and it’s simple. When guys make shots like they did, it’s tough.”

On losing Jae’Sean Tate for the season
“I think he’s the heart and soul of this team. We challenge our guys when we have a man down, we need to man up. It’s one of those things you hate for Jae’sean. But, with that said, you need to find a way to regroup again.”

Marc Loving, Ohio State forward
On Tate not being part of tonight’s game
“We still had to go out there and play, there’s nothing we could do about that, each guy that has a jersey on has to go out there and give it all they have.”

On Michigan State’s offense
“They set great screens and they have tremendous patients on offense. The screens were phenomenal to the point where they were getting a lot of looks and were able to knock those shots down.”

On the unfortunate loss
“It’s disheartening to let a team make as many shots in a row, consecutive possessions where they are scoring. It doesn’t matter what stage it’s on you have to have some sense of pride that you want to get the next stop, when they’re still getting buckets you’ve got to dig deeper.”

JaQuan Lyle, Ohio State guard
On Jae’Sean Tate
“Everyone knows Jae’Sean is our tough guy, the guy that picks us up when we’re down and makes big time plays when we need it. He wasn’t there tonight but like Coach Matta said before the game one man down next man up.”

On Ohio State’s play tonight
“I think the first half we did a good job playing hard and playing tough and then the second half they started hitting shots we all started hanging our heads and I wouldn’t say we quit but we let the game go.”

Tom Izzo, Michigan State head coach
On Ohio State’ performance
“I think you have to give Ohio State a lot of credit. They’re depleted and they’re losing a good player. Thad has gotten this team to play defense. They died a little at the end. They have been one of the better defensive teams the last five games. They rebounded with us. They just missed some shots.”

On Jae’Sean Tate missing tonight’s game
“I told Thad before the game that I knew what he was going through. That team is so young and Tate is the glue and guts guys, in my humble opinion, from the outside looking in. I thought they played with energy. We just made some shots.”