No. 3 Ohio State (4-0) 64, Morehead St. 45 (2-3)
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
November 23, 2010
Attendance:  12,305


Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On Morehead State
“Their players played so hard and we weren’t as sharp as we wanted to be. This was a good lesson for our guys.”

On gameplay and strategy for attacking the zone
“I think overall we needed better ball movement and sharper passes. Our guys seemed like they could not follow through with the plays we were drawing up during the breaks and that was hurting us all night long.”

 On Willam Buford missing the game
“We fully expect him to be ready to play Friday. He has acute muscle spasms in his back and tonight his muscles started to relax. If this would have been the last game of the season he probably would have played and he will be ready to go against Miami.”

David Lighty, Ohio State guard
On the beginning of the game
“We were stagnant at the beginning of the game, especially since they played a zone, but we’ve played bigger teams than them and we have to play better.”

On the turnovers
“We must be able to take care of the ball better. We had 16 turnovers and need to improve on that.”

On the Buckeyes’ lack of intensity in the first half
“We were real lackadaisical in the beginning and that caused them to get really aggressive with their zone and they started to push up on their zones in the game.”

 Jon Diebler, Ohio State guard
On the team’s defense and his adjusments
“I got to the open area more as the game progressed, and during halftime Coach challenged us to take pride in our defense more.”

Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State forward
On Kenneth Faried’s big game
“He’s a great player; he worked hard and got a lot of rebounds off the backboard.”

Donnie Tyndall, Morehead State head coach
On Ohio State
“That was a talented OSU team on the court tonight. They have very few weaknesses for this early in the season. As long as they stay healthy, I certainly think Ohio State has an opportunity to compete for a national championship.”

On Morehead State forward Kenneth Faried
“Faried is the best player in our league and certainly the best on our team. When he picked up his fourth foul it really changed the complexion of our defense. We lacked a shot blocker in the middle. On offense we usually work inside-out off him, but that’s life on the road. Hopefully our young guys were able to learn from the opportunity to play tonight.”