Feb. 27, 2005

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Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
Opening statement
“Wisconsin is a tremendous basketball team. They came out strong, hit a couple of big threes and did exactly what they wanted to do in the early going. That team has a lot of experience and they knew what was at stake.”

On the game
“This was a game where we were not ready to compete at the level you need to compete at to win against a top team like them.”

On the next two games
“Today was just one of those games where we did not play well. We do not have much time to dwell on this loss; we have to regroup and play well on Wednesday at Iowa and Sunday at home against Illinois.”

Terence Dials, Ohio State junior center
On his 1,000th career point
“It’s a great accomplishment, but I just can’t feel good about it with the way we played. I’m happy for my teammates because they really helped me reach that milestone.”

On Wisconsin’s second half
“Any good team is going to make adjustments at halftime. They made adjustments and put a guy on the backside of me.”

On team’s play
“There is no excuse to play flat with the atmosphere at Ohio State. With a sold-out crowd we should have been excited to play, but we came out flat.”

Bo Ryan, Wisconsin head coach
On the game
“Both teams played extremely hard this afternoon. We started strong but somewhat fell asleep midway through the first half and them picked it up again in the second half. Ohio State is a great team. They just couldn’t seem to convert their open shots.”

On defending Ohio State center Terence Dials
“We tried to put different bodies on him throughout the second half and when we did that we did a good job of slowing him down. In the first half, he played amazing. It seemed like he caught every ball that was thrown to him and made every shot he attempted. His first-half play is what forced us into playing him the way we did in the second half.”