No. 2 Ohio State 67 (16-0, 3-0), Minnesota 62 (12-4, 1-3)                                                                
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
January 9, 2011
Attendance: 17,392

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On Ohio State’s defense
“I was as proud of our defense the first 32 minutes as I ever have been. Then down the stretch we got into foul trouble. They were 24 of 27 from the line.”

 On rebounding
“Our rebounding down the stretch was good. Our execution wasn’t the greatest, but that was the most physical we’ve ever played.”

On defending Minnesota
“During the first half they had 22 points, two or three right at the shot clock. Defensively we did exactly what we wanted to. Offensively we needed to swing the ball and we didn’t get that done.”

On the last seven minutes
“We weren’t as drive oriented as much as we should have been. The biggest thing is running and fast breaks. We didn’t get our momentum going out there.”

On physical games
“One thing happens on one end and you can’t run to the other end and compound the mistake. We’ve got to continue to look and learn and make sure our execution should be at an all time high.”

Aaron Craft, freshman guard
On what he learned from the game
“I learned to look to the seniors for guidance and to stay calm and poised on the court, especially at the end of the game.”

On pressure of making important plays in the second half
“It was tense. When it comes to making free throws it helps when you have the team’s confidence behind you. Today was a learning process and I think we all learned that we need to look to the seniors for help.”

David Lighty, senior guard
On the pressure of the game
“I’m always looking positive into things. We’ve got to get to our spots and play defense.”

On the game
“It’s the most nervous I’ve ever been. I was trying to be aggressive as much as possible and make the right plays.”

Jared Sullinger, freshman forward
On lessons learned from Big Ten play
“Playing in the Big Ten is tough every game. I think physicality is sort of a standard when you get on the court and the players and referees know that.”

On Minnesota’s play
“I think we did a good job of handling Minnesota’s defense. I knew that when I got the ball in the post that I would be double teamed, and I just tried to make the right plays. It was a tough game.”

Tubby Smith, Minnesota head coach
Opening Statement
“I was really impressed with Ohio State, they are deserving of a 16 – 0 record. We had chances; we need to take care of the ball better. We tried to take the ball out of Jared Sullinger’s hands. We did an adequate job there; I was disappointed with the execution today.”

On the last play of the game
“The ball was supposed to go in the basket. We need to have better execution. That play didn’t cost us the game; we had our chances.”

On making Jared Sullinger take tough shots
“I thought that was one of our goals coming in, making him work for his shots. We wanted to make someone else make shots and they did.”

On playing at Ohio State
“It is a tough place to play, we are learning a little bit more, we have games like this and we have to transition. It’s hard when you lose a game and you feel like you didn’t play your best game.”