Jan. 19, 2005

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Thad Matta
Opening statement
“This is one of those games that you never want to have. Defensively, I thought we played pretty well but offensively we never really got into a flow. You have to take care of the basketball and that did not happen tonight.”

On opening shoot around
“I really thought the morning shoot around went well. We looked good and we were shooting a good percentage but tonight we just could not put the ball in the hoop.”

On the turnovers in the final minutes
“We did not see what was going on during their presses. It had never been a problem for us in the past. Tonight we just were not tough enough with the basketball.”

Dan Monson, Minnesota Head Coach
On Minnesota’s performance
“We knew we would have to control the defensive side of the court. We wanted to get the ball inside to Hagen and when that went by the wayside, it was going to be a challenge to find shooters. I thought we were a little tired at the end, but basketball is a game of momentum and rhythm. The biggest key to our win was rhythm. We were very fortunate. We missed some shots and gave them (Ohio State) some opportunities. But we knew how we would have to play to win and when we got behind our guys did not cave in.”

On junior guard Vincent Grier
“I think he is one of the best wing finishers. Although he is not our best shooter, guys still have to guard him and he can bounce the ball. He has a knack for getting the angle and getting into the crease to get the finish. He is a great athlete and tough minded. He plays hard and he practices hard. He’s just a solid player.”

On Ohio State’s second half rally
“The spurt was expected and ready to happen. Our guys took control mentally and got the win on the road. I was really pleased with our transition defense.”