Dec. 10, 2016

Ohio State 64 (8-2, 0-0 B1G), University of Connecticut 60 (4-5, 0-0 American)
Dec. 10, 2016
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 12,313


Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach

On how Trevor Thompson affected the game

“I thought Trevor was really good tonight. We just have to keep him focused; he can drift sometimes. Keeping him dialed in and keeping him focused. The biggest thing he did tonight even with 17 and 17 was he only had one foul. I thought he played a lot smarter. Given the inside presence he has inside right now, he’s doing a heck of a job.”

On what he learned from his team tonight

“I thought we competed and we didn’t have as many as the lulls that we have had. The little stuff at end of the first half. We botched the play and Marc missing everything and we go down and give up a wide-open three. That stuff can’t happen. We have to get to the next play. You can’t hang your head on that and those are the little things we have to hone in on. They opened up the second half and scored the first couple times, we finally clamped down and starting defending better. We got through the screens and we were just slow moving for whatever reason.”


Trevor Thompson, Ohio State junior center

On setting career highs

“I definitely came into the game with a chip on my shoulder from last year, how I played and what happened. I told myself before the game that I wanted revenge and payback. That’s what my mind was on.”

On adjustments made in the second half

“I don’t feel like there were too many adjustments. We just knew that coming out after the first half that it’s a long game. They hit that three at the end of the half that put them up by two but Coach Matta came into the locker room and told us it’s a long game. He told us we’re not going to lose this game. We came into the second half with a confident mentality. We knew we had the whole second half to play and to give it everything we had.”

JaQuan Lyle, Ohio State sophomore guard

On the intensity Ohio State played with at the end of the game

“I feel like we just went out and played. I feel like we thought about Tuesday night. We were in a similar situation and we didn’t make small plays at crunch time. Tonight, I feel like we did. I didn’t turn a ball over which is a plus but we all stayed focused. We made plays and we made smart plays.”

On the team’s 3-point shooting

“I don’t know what has been wrong with us the last two games. We’re not making a lot of shots that we’ve been making all year long. It’s going to be a long week up ahead. We need to continue to stay in the gym, get up, exercise and put the extra work in. They’re going to start falling again. I’m not worried


Kevin Ollie, UConn head coach

On his team’s 21 fouls

“I don’t know how I can explain it without getting in trouble. They took it to the rim and got the fouls and we didn’t when we took it to the rim. It happens, you know, but we just have to defend without fouling and defend the rim.”

On UConn’s defensive strategy

“I mean what you saw is what we’re going to go with against any team in the country. We want to make teams beat us over the top, that’s what we’ve done forever and that’s my motto. They didn’t make a lot of shots but they got to the rim and got the fouls called.”

On his team’s season so far

“This is just the scene it’s not the movie. We have been through this before, we are going to be fine. We are just going to keep playing and keep our heads down and scratching out games. We are focused on getting better not on our record.”