Dec. 5, 2015


Ohio State 89 (3-4), VMI 62 (3-4)
December 5, 2015
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 12,132

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On the game overall
“I think that we played better today. We’re making some mistakes especially defensively and when you get the guards that sort of have the green light like VMI does, they’ll make us pay for them. The number one thing I’m proud of is our nine turnovers. I think that we spread the ball around. I think that we had more movement and more flow to what we were doing. That was a good sign for us.”

On getting a win
“It’s becoming more and more obvious every day how hard it is to win in college basketball. I told the team that we should celebrate this win. We have another tough one on Tuesday night. We’ll come back in tomorrow and find ways to get better. I think that when we take a look at this film tomorrow that we will find a lot positive things that we were asking them to do.”

On Trevor Thompson
“He’s showing us his skills around the basket. He’s got a pretty good feel when he catches the ball of what needs to be done and what he needs to do with it. I thought his timing on some things that we were doing was pretty good. He was also more engaged offensively and defensively than in the past which was big for us.”

Marc Loving, Ohio State forward
On their improvements as a team
“In practice we really focused on pace. I feel that over the weeks we’ve gotten better at that and we transitioned that to the game this time.”

Trevor Thompson, Ohio State center
On the emotions of a win
“It’s definitely a sense of relief. We’re a young team but we’re still hungry and I feel like this game we grew a lot … we just followed with execution throughout practice and it carried over to the game.

On his active role this year
“It feels great. I love the group of guys that we have. It’s the closest team I’ve ever been on. Sitting out is tough, but I’ve learned a lot physically and mentally. The biggest thing is that I’m listening to my coaches and just trying to play as hard as possible.”

Dan Earl, VMI head coach
On initial thoughts on the game
“Their size hurts us quite a bit. That was one of our keys was to keep them off the glass. So physically they just wore us down and I was proud of our guys with the fight that we showed especially in the first half but we have a lot to learn.”

On VMI leading briefly
“The game of basketball is funny. Sometimes you miss a couple of shots, they make a couple of shots and then things happen. At the end of the day it comes down to making shots. We missed a couple in a row and we turned the ball over a few many times which really hurt us.”

On watching Ohio State this season
“They have a lot of young talent. Coach Matta that has been in the BIG 10 as a coach and a player he really does a heck of a job. I’m sure it’s tough because you can’t just hand a team experience. Once they get more games under beneath them they will be fine.”