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Feb. 28, 2016

POSTGAME QUOTES
Ohio State 68 (19-11, 11-6 B1G), No. 8 Iowa 64 (20-8, 11-5 B1G)
Feb. 28, 2015
Assembly Hall – Bloomington, Indiana
Attendance: 15, 593

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach

On Ohio State’s performance down the stretch

“I think we played harder. We didn’t play well throughout stretches and I challenged guys to get lower in their defensive stance and to do different things. To their credit, they did that. I thought we did a great job moving the ball down the stretch. I thought all five guys played harder.”

 

On the importance of the win for Ohio State

“This was a great win because of we won the game but also because of how we had to win it. We came together and timeouts were electric. The huddles on the floor were electric. Guys like Jae’Sean Tate normally bring that energy to the table. It was great to make the plays we needed to make down the stretch. Hopefully we can continue to build off of this down the stretch.”

 

Marc Loving, Ohio State forward
On the win
“I feel like today we just showed a great amount of toughness and ability to fight adversity. Hats off to Iowa, they made us turn the ball over in the first half … it’s hard to stay in the game when you have that [many] turnovers.”

On the win without Jae’Sean Tate
“We didn’t think that we were never going to win a game again, just because Jae’sean [Tate] was out. There is some type of confidence boost, I guess you could say, beating a team with the caliber of Iowa at the time without one of our main guys.”

Kam Williams, Ohio State guard
On his hot play down the stretch
“I’m a pretty confident basketball player, so I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing no matter what … just because I’m missing shots doesn’t mean that I have to stop being aggressive. My three’s weren’t going down so I tried to attack the paint a little bit.”

On JaQuan Lyle’s play
“JaQuan is a very talented basketball player. He can affect the game in a variety of ways … If he’s not scoring he’s distributing to others and that’s what we need out of him; to step up in multiple facets of the basketball game.”

Fran McCaffery, Iowa head coach
On Ohio State

“They have a lot of good players.”

 
On Kam Williams

“He makes a big impact for Ohio State a lot, at least he did this game.”