December 16, 2017

Postgame Quotes: Ohio State 80, Appalachian State 67


Dec. 16, 2017

Ohio State 80 (9-3, 2-0 B1G), Appalachian State 67 (5-7, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Dec. 16, 2017
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio

Attendance: 12,616


Chris Holtmann, Ohio State head coach

On how Keita Bates-Diop’s steal late in the first half sparked the team
“I think it did. We weren’t moving the ball super well offensively. Our bodies weren’t that well either. We have to work on that. But, that was a really big play. I think it resulted in JT’s dunk. Andrew Dakich made a really nice play and it all started with Keita being the first to the floor.”

On how the team has showed great hustle recently
“It has to be what we are about. I think our guys recognize we don’t have a huge margin for error. I think they recognize people appreciate seeing them play this way. That is the expectation for us. We have to practice that way consistently. It builds muscle memory and creates good habits. You just go do it when you see a ball laying there.”

Kam Williams, Senior Guard

On playing good defense against their guards
“We knew we had to be active because they have a high powered motion offense. We were taking it one stop at a time and one possession at a time. When we put that together, very few teams can execute against us. We knew if we came out with that energy and in attack mode defensively we were going to be fine.”

Kaleb Wesson, Freshman Foward

On his confidence level right now and the role he has taken on for team
“I feel like I am playing with the same confidence I have always played with. I work on my craft a lot. I don’t really have any kind of lapse as far as my confidence goes. I’m in the gym a lot and I am prepared for situations like this, as far as having to play, whether I have big role or don’t have a big role during the games.”

Jim Fox, Appalachian State head coach

On how his team played in the game
“Congratulations to Ohio State. They completely took us out of the way we play. I thought that our guys are not a selfish team, but we played selfishly today with our lack of ball movement. I think we are really good off the bounce, but if we dribble too much, we pay a price.”

On how the team prepared to defend the 3-pointer
“Coming into this game has been crazy for us this season. Teams are shooting lights out from three against us. We practice taking that away. But the big difference is obviously (Kaleb) Wesson. He is big and they threw it to him. And then Bates-Diop, he really controlled the game and was able to beat us off the bounce a couple times.”