November 10, 2017

Postgame Quotes: Ohio State 95, Robert Morris 64

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Nov. 10, 2017

POSTGAME QUOTES Ohio State 95 (1-0, 0-0 B1G), Robert Morris 64 (0-1, 0-0 Northeast) November 10, 2017 Value City Arena—Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 11,128

Chris Holtmann, Ohio State head coach
On the game “Obviously tonight we had some good moments, and some really good moments. I have to give a lot of respect to Robert Morris in terms of their energy and ability to turn people over. They forced us into some turnovers, and we had some foolish plays as well.”

On his level of appreciation for his first game at Ohio State “I could probably do a better job of that. I got multiple texts today from friends who said to take some time to enjoy the moment. I completely ignored those texts. I was more anxious than I thought I would be. You want to perform well for your home fans in your first opportunity to play in front of them. You want your players to perform well for themselves. I was more anxious and tied up than I thought I would be, so getting that under our belt was good.”

On the performance of Keita Bates-Diop “I have said that Keita as well as Jae’Sean will go as our team goes, I really believe that. Our season in a lot of ways will be impacted by one or both of those guys playing well for us to have a chance. They are both terrific kids and really good players. He has had really good moments in practice and I was pleased with his activity tonight. Overall his ability to impact things on both ends and get to the glass tonight was really important for us.”

On the performance of Musa Jallow “Musa has played tonight like he has practiced for us in spots. He has had some very good moments that I hinted at a couple weeks ago when I talked to you guys. He’s 17-years old, but he has a maturity to him. He has been able to make threes, and be a guy that defensively we can rely on.”   Andrew Toole, Robert Morris head coach
On his team’s performance in today’s game “Unfortunately we did our best to kick the Chris Holtmann era off in a positive direction. But I think size was a factor, backboards were a factor. I thought that our guys coming out of the gates were a little bit wide eyed and a little bit overwhelmed. Obviously Ohio State started to build a lead and unfortunately we reverted to try and home a home run play, and those things don’t happen. So it’s a learning process for our guys. I was proud of the way that we fought in the second half. I thought that we battled a little bit and had some more possessions that resembled the team that we hope to become. But I think we just got worn out and a couple guys weren’t ready for this kind of environment for their first college game.”   On his impressions of Keita Bates-Diop “He is much bigger and longer than he looks on film. He is so smooth and really effortless with a lot of his decisions. The way he was able to rebound the ball, the way he was able to shoot the ball, he is just so skilled and talented that he is a hard matchup.”   On preparing for today’s game
“We were able to see the Wooster exhibition game, and in the first half they ran some of the actions they ran tonight. Obviously, we figured they had some more wrinkles to some of that stuff. We tried to watch some Butler film from last year to get a feel. If you watch some Ohio State film from last year and some Ohio State film from this year, I think Chris has done a good job melding some of the strengths they had last year into this year’s team.”