Ohio State 78 (13-8, 3-5 B1G), Minnesota 72 (15-6, 3-5 B1G)
Jan. 25, 2017
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 11,206

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach

On his team’s thoughts after a win

“Every day is day one. I think when we’re in the position we’re in, we have to think that there’s a lot of basketball to still be played. The second that we feel like we have this figured out is not good for our team. We’ll come back in here tomorrow and prepare. Iowa’s a unique team in that they change defenses and do a lot of different things, so we have to be as sharp as we can when we go there.”

On Minnesota closing the deficit in the second half

“At one point in the second half, I actually told our guys to stop looking at the scoreboard and just play basketball. All of our emotions need to be positive, and we’re okay here.”


Marc Loving, Ohio State senior forward
On the impact Andre Wesson made in the game
“It was fantastic to see the output that Andre had today. He works very hard in practice every day. He had the opportunity to knock some shots down and he took advantage of those. He played fantastic defense, he can guard bigger guys and smaller guys. Having that versatility on defense got him in the game and he was able to show off his offensive ability because of that.”

On the team’s second half performance
“We had a mental lapse. We didn’t play as well as we wanted to during that stretch. We had some good segments which got us the lead, but we just have to be better than that in terms of keeping our opponent down when we have a lead and not letting them back in the game.”


Trevor Thompson, Ohio State junior center
On his mindset at the beginning of the game
“Our game plan was to get the ball in. I only had one word in my mindset and that was ‘win’. I just wanted to win. That’s all I was thinking about, my teammates did a great job of finding me, and I just made the plays.”

On Minnesota closing the gap in the second half
“It’s definitely frustrating when we blew the lead that we had, but we have been in similar situations throughout the season and we realize that this is Big Ten basketball and it’s a grind. The biggest thing is embracing the fight and embracing the flow of the game. We realized that we need to compete and play harder.”

Richard Pitino, Minnesota head coach
On his team’s play in the first half
“We weren’t guarding and we’re a pretty good defensive team but we just weren’t guarding. I think that it carried over to both sides, we’re getting frustrated. When we started guarding we got out on the fast break and made good things happen.”

On the play of Trevor Thompson
“He was terrific. He’s probably one of the most improved players in the conference in my opinion.”

On his team’s performance in the game 
“I’m not unhappy with the way they are playing. I thought that at the end of the game (Akeem) Springs had a good look that didn’t come down. I think that they’re playing well and I feel confident that we’ll break through. Hopefully that will be Saturday.”