March 15, 2016

No. 3 Ohio State 72 (21-13), No. 6 Akron Zips 63 (26-9)
March 15, 2016
Value City Arena—Columbus, Ohio


Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On the Ohio State fans
“I think the crowd was as good as they could possibly be. You talk about a sixth man tonight and they did a great job.”

On the victory
“I think that this was a tremendous win in terms of Keita being under the weather and we are down two guys not just one. I think from the standpoint of guys just gutting it out and making some extraordinary plays.”

On post season play
“At this point in the season you don’t have to play perfect as long as you win.”

Marc Loving, Ohio State forward
On tonight’s game
“We couldn’t over look this game for this team, post season play is a big thing to get any type of experience. With a quality team like Akron I feel like it was great for us.” 

On after the first half
“We were down four at half time and we didn’t play our best basketball. We felt like there was a lot of room for us to play our style of basketball and we didn’t have much pace on offence and we weren’t disrupting them on the defensive side as much as we wanted to.”

JaQuan Lyle, Ohio State guard
On the atmosphere of the game
“It was fun to get out there and play basketball again, another opportunity to get to play the game that we love to play. A couple times it got really loud for not that many people there so I think it was a good turn out.”

On Bates-Diop not being in the line-up
“Keita does a lot for this team. He plays pretty good defense and is a threat on offense and is a guy that is very key in our rotation.”

Keith Dambrot, Akron head coach
On his team’s performance
“If you would have told me we would have shot 9 for 42 from 3, with the shots we got, I’d tell you I’d be surprised. That was probably a determining factor. I won’t make any excuses but I think playing 4 games in six days caught us.” 

On Ohio State as an opponent
“I think that Thad Matta is one of the best coaches in America and I love Thad Matta and I love Ohio State but on this particular night I felt that we should have won the game.” 

On his team’s future
“I think the thing about us is I think we are as good as the big boys. We are big, strong, tough so I haven’t felt in the last 4 to 5 years that we are physically outmatched.”