February 10, 2018

Postgame Quotes: No. 14 Ohio State 82, Iowa 64


Feb. 10, 2018

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No. 14 Ohio State 82 (22-5, 13-1 B1G), Iowa 64 (12-15, 3-11 B1G)
Feb. 10, 2018
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 18,809

Chris Holtmann, Ohio State head coach
On the tragedy in Westerville that occurred in the morning
“Before I get into basketball stuff, I think all of us were impacted today. I was, the coaching staff was, the team was, by the tragedy in Westerville with the two police officers. It is such a difficult thing and I hope that the community has time to heal, the families have time to heal, and I hope they know that our thoughts and prayers are with them. There are a lot more important things than the game being played here tonight.”

On the team’s performance against Iowa
“I think we were aware that Iowa could really score the ball. They did that in the first half. They have a lot of stuff to guard and I do not think we were good defensively in the first half. I thought we were good offensively the whole game. We moved the ball, shared it, made the right passes at the right time. We had a few too many turnovers.”

On the team’s ability to stay focused throughout the game
“We talked about it. Just because it’s a home game, listen, we have one home game left. I want to give Buckeye nation a ton of credit for the turnout tonight. What an incredible crowd. I know our players appreciate it. We didn’t have quite the suspense in this one like we have in the past games and I’m not going to really apologize for that.”

Fran McCaffery, Iowa head coach
On difference between prior matchups with Ohio State
“I think it was combination of a few things. We scored in the first possession, and cut it to eight, and they went on a run after that. They got it back up to 18 pretty quick. As much as anything, it was bad offense on our part, with some good defense by them.”
Micah Potter, Ohio State sophomore center
On the team’s ability to keep their focus after their victory over Iowa
“Coach does a really good job of keeping us motivated. Iowa has been playing really well lately. We saw the Michigan State game a couple days ago, and we saw how competitive they were with Michigan State who just beat Purdue. Coach does a really good job of keeping us motivated, and I think that just shows everyone how good this group of guys is. We have one goal, to win, and we bring that same energy to every game.”

On the bench’s contributions the last few game
“We are just there to fulfill a role. There are no egos on this team. We know the guys that are starting, like Andre (Wesson), have been stepping up big time since Kam Williams has been out. Us guys on the bench are there to keep things going and keep the energy up whether that means scoring, rebound, whatever we need to do. We are all here to help this team win.”

Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State freshman forward
On the possibility to take the lead in the B1G standings with a win today
“I feel like that is always there, but I think the main goal is just to win the game that’s next.”

On his offensive rebounding in the game
“I feel like I just took what the defense gave me. We work in practice everyday on how to reject boxouts so that played a big key today. I feel like I’m getting better at it as the year goes on.”