No. 2 Ohio State 69 (18-0, 5-0), Penn State 66 (10-7, 3-3)                                                     
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
January 15, 2011
Attendance: 18,809

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On the impact of the crowd and student section
“Today when I walked out I was blown away. You could tell everyone was into the game and I know that our players greatly appreciate it.”

On the halftime speech
“We discussed what we are supposed to be doing. We asked ourselves what is the main thing that we have to do better; that it starts with intensity.”

On the possibility of being ranked No. 1
“The thing that excites me the most is that it is the second time that we have been there in a couple years. It is great for the program. Not too many schools end up in the position that we are in and I am proud for OSU and the basketball program.”

On the end-game plan
“Going into the timeout I was thinking that at some point we had to get the stop. We talked about getting the foul and then I ended up deciding that we were going to guard.”

On Aaron Craft
“Aaron was special tonight. He was effective on both sides of the ball today and did not play like freshman despite the big game.”

On the game overall
“I thing tonight’s game was a great example of college basketball at its finest. Penn State made shots, and had some tremendous players; I think that towards the end that we weren’t challenging shots or pressuring the ball, but we ended up with the win. Our offense was very effective.”

Jared Sullinger, freshman forward
On his last three-point play
“They stopped double-teaming, which gave me the chance to go up the middle. [Aaron] Craft was hitting shots, and without the double-team I could take my time in the post.”

On their anticipated No. 1 ranking
“Honestly as a team, we didn’t even say anything about it after the game. All of our focus is on our next game on Wednesday.”

Aaron Craft, freshman guard
On gaining confidence
“It’s more on what the defense is doing. I can’t just be out there as a passer. The guys have confidence in me, and it was a good all-around team win.”

Jon Diebler, senior forward
On the team’s improved second-half defense
“We didn’t come out with a lot of energy in the first half. They shot 60 percent at halftime, so you have to give them credit. We had better intensity in the second half and we challenged shots, and we were able to make a run.”

Ed DeChellis, Penn State head coach
On tonight’s game
“You have to give them (Ohio State) credit, hit a big three late and made some big plays. We played hard and competed, just didn’t have enough to win.”

On the Penn State’s slow start to the second half
“We just skated around the first two minutes of the second half. When you come into this kind of environment, against this kind of team you can’t skate around in the second half.”

On Penn State’s rally late in the game
“We thought we could win; our kids rallied. You’re not just going to roll over when you’re down eight or ten points. You’re going to fight and claw back. Hopefully, we’ll build on it.”

On Penn State’s progress
“Our kids weren’t going to throw in the towel. We’re getting better as a team. We’ve gotten better from two weeks ago; we’ve gotten better from a month ago. As a coach that’s what your want to see.”