Jan. 25, 2016

Ohio State 66 (13-8, 5-3 BIG), Penn State 46 (11-10, 2-6 BIG)
January 25, 2016
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 11,542

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On Ohio State’s defensive game plan
“I wouldn’t say that we were daring them to shoot threes. We said at halftime that they were two for 15, but we knew that they would get hot. We did a very good job of using our length and A.J. was good pushing up and being aggressive.”

On Keita Bates-Diop performance
“The biggest thing with Keita when I asked him, and he said he didn’t play well was figuring out why. Let’s figure out why. We wanted to make sure that he really thought it through. When we talked Saturday morning I just told him I need you to be more aggressive. I just wanted to see him play like he could and I thought he did tonight.”

Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State forward  
On the difference between halves
“Coach talked to us at half just to cut down on turnovers, take a deep breath, hold it, make the right decision. We don’t need any home run passes or anything, just make the simple play.”  

Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State forward 
On coach changing up the starting line-up
“This week in practice, coach has been mixing up the line-ups so that we are comfortable with whoever is on the floor. I don’t think anybody knew who was starting before we walked out on the floor.”

On A.J. Harris
“He might be the fastest player in college basketball but he’s also the head of the snake. He gets us going, he has the ball in his hands and we feed off of him.”

On preparing for tonight’s game
“We knew that they were a team that shot a lot of threes in a game so this week in practice that was the focus. Hedging and recovering quickly, trying to make the offensive player as uncomfortable as we could. We executed that a lot better in the second half, in the first half they had a lot of open looks that didn’t go down for them tonight so we need to continue to improve on that.”

Patrick Chambers, Penn State head coach
On his team’s play
“When you have a young team and you don’t make shots, sometimes that affects your effort, and we didn’t make shots. We need two consistent scorers, if not three. That’s the only way to compete in this league, and we for sure have to get to the line more than five times.”

On Ohio State’s defensive strategy
“They loaded up inside and made it very tough for us to post up … they dug a little bit too and we kicked out and we didn’t make them [three-pointers]. They had five guys in the paint. They did a really good job of taking away what we’re good at.”

On the Buckeyes that stood out
“[Keta Bates-]Diop was terrific. We knew at home that he was playing pretty well and so was [Marc] Loving. [Jae’sean] Tate does what Tate does. He’s a Pitbull. He played great.”