Dec. 30, 2015

Ohio State 78, Minnesota 63
Dec 30, 2015
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 13,701

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On Ohio State’s performance
“I thought the start of the game couldn’t have been much better than what it was. Give Minnesota credit for making some adjustments. Our transition defense struggled late in the first half and we fouled too. In the second half, we got back to executing.”

On Ohio State withstanding Minnesota’s first half comeback
“I told our guys that it was reminiscent of a couple of Saturdays ago, where we got up early and now we need to find a way to put a run together and execute better. Defensively, I thought we did a great job. They did a good job of moving us around, but there was a game plan we wanted to stick to and our guys did a pretty good job.”

JaQuan Lyle, Ohio State guard
On the Buckeye’s progress this season
“I think we grew up as a basketball team and we grew together. I think that’s the main thing, we’re a basketball team now there are no individuals.”

On the guard dynamic
“We’re two totally different players, he’s quick as lightning and I control the pace. Whenever he does come off the bench nothing changes everything is still rolling. If I’m slacking he picks me up coming off the bench and vice-versa.”

Marc Loving, Ohio State forward
On tonight’s game plan
“Just having an aggressive mentality from top to bottom. Being on your toes and being aggressive at all points of the game, swinging the ball and just moving the defense from side to side to get the best shot possible.”

On end of game strategy
In our timeouts we just wanted to make sure we executed through out the end of the game and making sure we were making the right rotations on defense through out the whole game was really a big key for us.

Richard Pitino, Minnesota head coach

On facing a deficit

“I think when you’re down by fifteen and then have to come back that it takes a little bit out of you. It seems like whenever you watch games like that where they get a big lead then almost always the team comes back. I think that maybe took a little bit out of us but when we got in foul trouble that took a lot out of us. I was proud of our fight though. They threw a punch then we threw a punch but they threw the final punch to end it.”


On the youth of the defense
“I don’t think it’s all youth. I think it is that certain guys need to consistently give something. I think we have to get more out of everyone. I think for the most part we started to cut down on their rebounds and cut down on their lead.”