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Feb. 16, 2016

POSTGAME QUOTES
Ohio State 76 (17-10, 9-5 BIG), Michigan 66 (19-8, 9-5 BIG)
February 16, 2016
Value City Arena — Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 17,088

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On the team’s success today
“We need to play with a certain amount of togetherness and energy. I thought our guys had a very good way about them today. The second half, I don’t know what happened but everyone was feeling good. I said at the timeout, ‘When we feel good, we shoot ourselves in the foot. Nobody’s going to feel good until this game is over.’ I thought they did a pretty good job with that.”

On what they did well vs. Michigan
“It’s very unique how they drive to pass for 3’s. As we told our guys in practice, we need to go away from what we’ve worked on. I thought we did a pretty good job of staying home on shooters and challenging shots. The biggest was thing was we did a good job on transitioning defense because they can ditch you so quick with where they shoot the basketball.”

On retiring Evan Turner’s jersey today
“We never realized that all the times Evan was punting the ball into the rafters out of frustration that he was actually aiming to where he would hang his jersey one day.”

Marc Loving, Ohio State forward
On his shooting struggles
“You expect things like that to happen on the road, like a few shots rattle in and out. You can’t let it discourage you. You just go to the next play. My teammates and coaches keep encouraging me to shoot it, and they have a lot of confidence in me.”

On Ohio State’s mindset coming into this game
“We had to come out and prove to ourselves that we could play well from the beginning. We got off to a great start and we always take great pride in beating that team up north.”

Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State forward
On Ohio State maintaining a lead throughout the game
“We did a great job of being ready. Our mindset was completely different and it showed. I think we grew up today. We showed that we can keep a lead. We usually let teams back in it, but we did a great job.”

On the magnitude of the win for Ohio State
“It’s huge. We’re still breathing, we’re still alive. We’re still keeping that streak going, but we have a lot of work to do. Going to Nebraska which is a tough environment, so we can enjoy this one tonight but we have to get back to work.”

Evan Turner, Boston Celtics guard
On his fondest memory at Ohio State
“I think the time after breaking my back. My junior year we all wanted to win the Big Ten title, but with me going down we were kind of scrambling to figure out our rotation. Starting off 1-3 was tough, but then going 12-1 and winning a Big Ten title said a lot about the character of that team.”

On being Thad’s first player to have his number retired by Ohio State
“It’s great to also be his first player kicked out of practice. He always tells that story first. But that means so much to me. It’s unreal. He always showed faith in me, and I really appreciated it. We had some tough times but he stuck with me and helped me become a better man and take care of my family.”

John Beilein, Michigan head coach
On Ohio State’s play
“Ohio State showed, I think, in a couple wins this year … they can really guard you. They gave us a difficult time getting open shots. It was tough just to score baskets and their length was really too much for us. They posted us up at three or four different positions and they got easy shots out of those post-ups.”

On the week
“I think our week of playing at Minnesota Wednesday, an emotional week, winning that game at Purdue, and with the lack of depth that we have right now it really may have affected some of our drives … I’m proud of how hard we battled, I just wish we could have gotten some easier shots, or made the ones that we did get.”