Nov. 15, 2016
POSTGAME QUOTES: Ohio State 69 (2-0), North Carolina Central 63 (0-2)
November 15, 2016
Value City Arena–Columbus, Ohio

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach

On what was missing in the game tonight
“Our minds. Things happened tonight that I’ve never seen happen in any of our practices. We weren’t physically or mentally very tough. We need to work on that.”

LeVelle Moton, N.C. Central head coach

On the game
“Ohio State had some great plays at significant times. Our locker room is a little deflated right now because we came to win a basketball game. I don’t believe in moral victories. We play basketball to win. I thought we fought but there were points throughout the game where I thought we were undisciplined and that really came back to hurt us. We’re going to try to learn from this and get better.”

Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State forward

On slow start in first half
“Coach Matta is going to say it’s his fault, but this one is on us, as the players. We just didn’t come out how we practiced. We apologize to Buckeye Nation, and we’re going to try our best to come out Thursday and play as hard as we can… Everybody says a win is a win, but we have to learn from this one, because it won’t be like this the next time.”

On what Micah Potter brings to the team
“He just spreads the floor. You guys saw it tonight, we see it every day. He can shoot the clip at a pretty good rate. He creates space on the floor which opens it up for other shooters on our team also, like Kam (Williams) and Marc (Loving) and Keita (Bates-Diop).”

C.J. Jackson, Ohio State guard

On his role of coming off the bench
“I’m not used to playing off the bench, but this year I’m doing whatever it takes to win…I just like to keep a good flow, and get everyone involved. If everyone is involved, I feel like everyone is more engaged and willing to play… That’s what my goal is when I go in there, just move the ball and hit the