No. 1 Ohio State 70 (19-0, 6-0), Iowa 48 (7-11, 0-6)                                                     
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
January 19, 2011
Attendance: 14,321

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On the game  
“We played harder on the defensive end tonight.  We spent the last couple days trying to get our defense in check, but offensively, 20 turnovers are way too many. We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be. That was the one thing I was displeased with.”

On defensive intensity in practice
“It’s funny, in the film session, the players said looking at the scores we’ve given up this season, this isn’t as good as we can play defensively. I said before the game that you said it, now let’s go back it up.”

On 20 turnovers
“I think we had five charges and I was responsible for one of them. I made a substitution mistake. Our guys know that we need shots at the basket, that we don’t need to give it back; we need to get that corrected.”

On Aaron Craft’s seven steals
“I think that’s a freshman record at Ohio State and as he said he gave it back five times. It resembles Mike Conley [Jr.], I always said if he ever turned it over he would get it right back.”

David Lighty, senior guard
On playing defense
“It was our game plan to come in and play defense for 40 minutes. We have been slacking for a couple weeks. We have been preparing to play Ohio State defense.”

“When we feel good about our defense, we’re a great team and it’s harder to beat us because we have so many weapons on offense. Coach is happy when we come out and play 40 minutes of good defense.”

On turnovers
“I think we felt comfortable; it was just us giving the ball away, turning the ball over. It’s something we have to take care of and don’t let it happen again.”

On feeling of being No. 1
“From our point of view, nothing has really been different at all. We approach the game the same way, practice the same way, just always getting better.”

On the new fan section, behind the bench
“It’s a lot more hectic, because they’re right on top of you. It was always loud, but now it’s so much louder.”

Aaron Craft, freshman guard
On differences from the first game against Iowa earlier this season
“To be honest, I think we took a little more pride in our defense. The first time against Iowa we thought we could just go out and play. This time we just went out and played harder, how you’re supposed to, and how you should play.”

On his game tonight
“I turned it over a little more than I usually do. Other than that I think I played all right.”

On his seven steals
“I think that’s a team stat. Everyone was in the gaps and putting pressure on the ball, and I appreciate that. It just kept ending up in my hands. I just happened to get the stat tonight.”

Fran McCaffery, Iowa head coach
On tonight’s game
“Obviously we didn’t have the energy necessary when you play the No. 1 team. Their (Ohio State) defensive effort at the beginning of the game was great. We didn’t get off to a good start offensively, which you need to get into a flow.”

On what makes Ohio State special
“They have really good shooters and a good low post game. Our defensive rotations were slow. They convert your turnovers into baskets; that’s something we’ve been working on, and this team does it really well.”

On Iowa’s slow start to the Big Ten season
“I think everyone understands who we’re playing against but the reality is we’re still 0-6. But we are making strides to get where we want to get.”