Dec. 27, 2015

Ohio State 73 (8-5), South Carolina State (5-9)
Dec. 27, 2015
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 13,506


Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On Keita Bates-Diop
“He did a great job on finding space and guys found him when he was open, when he’s loaded he’s ready.” 

On the teams chemistry this year
“We’ve got a lot of room for improvement. I think that we’ve shown that we can play some really bad basketball but we’ve shown we can play really good basketball. We are a team that we have to be dialed into everything we’re doing.”


 A.J. Harris, Ohio State guard
On his play tonight
“I was seeing the floor really well and my big man was running, my two and three guards were running so it really opened up the floor for me. I kicked it to them and they knocked down the shot.”

 On preparing for the game
“Our goal is to share the ball more so that’s all we’ve been practicing or making the extra pass to our teammate that’s open. “


Keita Bates_Diop, Ohio State forward
On conference play starting this week
“It’s a whole new mentality, it’s a whole new season, different feeling everything. Everything is heightened now, it’s more serious.”


Murray Garvin, South Carolina State head coach
On the Ohio State team
“I thought their length really bothered us. The great thing about it is we don’t have to beat Ohio State in our league.” 

On A.J. Harris
“He’s a change of pace guard for Ohio State, when you go from Lyle to the little guy. He’s so quick he can turn off the lights and be in the bed before it gets dark. “

 On the adjustments made at half time
“Our guys’ offense has never been a problem this season. It’s more or less guarding for forty minutes and concentrating for forty minutes on the defensive end.”