Nov. 17, 2006

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Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“I thought we got off to a very shaky start. They really sliced us up early. They played a very tough game they played us very hard here tonight. I think we did a good job keeping our heads up and staying in the game.”

On the offense
“I think we did a very good job of taking care of the ball tonight. We were able to get out in the open floor and control the tempo of the game. We did a great job of matching up on both ends and getting open looks.”

On the starters
“Everyone on our team knows how much playing time they are going to get. It doesn’t really matter who starts because everyone knows, as long as we avoid foul trouble when they are getting in. So it is not a big deal to any of us who starts.”

Mike Conley, Ohio State freshman guard
On Eastern Kentucky’s defense
“With the zone spread out it was easy to drive and create plays. That is how their defense is set up and we just need to take advantage of it.”

On the new jerseys
“It was a total surprise. We played harder because we new we had new jersey’s on.”

Jamar Butler, Ohio State junior guard
On putting on pressure
“I think the press wore them down. When you press for 40 minutes you are going to get tired. I think it wore them down.”

On Ohio State
“The great thing about this team is you never know who will lead each night. It can be anyone on any night that can lead.”

On playing with a seventh man
“You always wonder what it will be like to play with (OSU freshman Greg) Oden. We just need to keep playing and getting those wins until then.”

Daequan Cook, Ohio State freshman guard
On making his first seven shots
“I was just in the flow. I didn’t even pay attention to it. I just played the game. The team gave me wide open shots.”

On coming off the bench
“I have no problem coming off the bench. Like coach says everyone not all of us can start.”

Jeff Neubauer, Eastern Kentucky Head Coach
On Ohio State’s game
“Ohio State was a talented team tonight. Their press just threw us out of sync. I thought we had a great first half shooting the ball, but our turnovers need to be a lot less than 26. We didn’t do that tonight. There was some great defense by Ohio State tonight and their coaching staff did a great job. They have some great shooters. You have to guard their shooters so far away from the basket that it’s hard to play any defense against their team.”

On their game
“Our team came out the first and second half and executed very well. Once the game got in a flow, we got rattled. Ohio State was making defensive passes and they were active with their hands. They became more active as the game went on. There was no question in the first half that we had no defense for turnovers. This is something our program has prided ourselves on and we didn’t want to do that tonight.”