No. 13/18 Ohio State 68 (18-6, 8-3 Big Ten), Iowa 58 (8-16, 2-9 Big Ten)
Feb. 7, 2010
Value City Arena
Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 15,223


Ohio State head coach, Thad Matta

On mistakes made during the game
“We had some decent looks that just would not go in for us.  It makes us a better team.  We missed some threes and you just have to make those shots in a game like this.”

On Evan Turner’s performance
“This was one of the best performances I’ve seen from Evan.  He was reading plays and when we needed to close the gap, he was able to find open guys.  It was just a great performance.  He was in his zone.”

On averaging 6 1/2 turnovers a game
“I am absolutely elated.  Going into the season, this was a primary focus.  Hopefully, we can build on that number.  Today, Iowa forced two turnovers off the screen.  We need to be smarter with the ball.”

Evan Turner, junior guard

On playing in a noon game
“I woke up at 7:45 this morning, so that was kind of rough. We stayed up and watched the Michigan State versus Illinois game last night so we kind of went to bed late but we came out and competed and got the job done.”

On whether or not some of the hustle plays in the second half led to being more focused
“They definitely help pick us up. The adrenaline and emotion for our team seemed to get a little better. I really try not to pay attention to emotion. It can either really help or really hurt. We as a team just try to play basketball and execute our system. I try to just play Ohio State basketball.”

Jon Diebler, junior guard

On the team’s overall performance
“I thought we took care of business today. That’s what we have to do on our own court in the Big Ten. We play a good Indiana team at their place, so we definitely have to watch our film from today and fix our mistakes and be ready for Indiana.

On having multiple steals during the game
“Honestly, the steals came from ball pressure. Iowa set a lot of screens in their offense, so we had to guard their screens when they go off the opposite side of the defender. Everyone hedged the screens real well and it helped us get open looks.”

Iowa head coach, Todd Lickliter

On Ohio State guard Evan Turner

“Turner is a tough player to contain. When he was out with the back injury, Ohio State was still a very good team. When he’s in the game, they’re one of the best teams in the country. He is as good as any player in the league right now.”

On Ohio State’s versatility

“Dallas Lauderdale didn’t take a shot today and he doesn’t need to. He alters shots and he’s a presence around the basket. Coach Matta has been very good at getting their team chemistry to where it needs to be.”

On playing physical teams

“We’re playing against some of the top teams in the country. When you’re in our position you need to play as close to a full 40 minutes as you can and that’s very physically demanding.  I would say that we’re definitely growing as a team.”