Ohio State (3-0) 59, Samford (3-2) 22
Value City Arena
Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 29, 2008
Attendance: 13,412

Postgame Quotes

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“Defensively, I thought we gave good effort. We knew coming in we would have to defend against easy lay-ups and the three-point line. Our primary focus was to take away the three and I thought we did a good job of that for the most part. Offensively, we couldn’t sustain our defensive energy – we bobbled too many passes and weren’t sharp in post.”

On the differences between Miami and Samford
“They definitely play a different type of game.  Miami is averaging over 70 points this season and they have a lot of veteran players with speed and athleticism. This was a great test for Tuesday’s game, because they (Miami) will be the best team we’ve played yet.”

On what he would like to see from his post players
“On defense we have to have the ability to create problems for the opposing team.  They have to have the ability to flow with the defense and guard different positions. On offense we need to take more pride in rebounding, have to set better screens and watch the weak side. I really think our size can work to our advantage down the road.”

On the upcoming week
“It is pretty much equivalent to a Big Ten week.  We will be facing two good teams on the road and it will be a great test for a young team. We have to start playing with more toughness and pride if we expect to win.”
Dallas Lauderdale, Ohio State sophomore center
On Ohio State’s success against the Samford offense
“They moved around a lot so they challenged us to move with them. We kept talking and staying on their shooters, so they weren’t getting open shots.”

On the upcoming game against Miami
“It’s an opportunity to step up and put ourselves on the map. When we go down to Miami, we have the chance to establish ourselves as a team to be reckoned with.”

Evan Turner, Ohio State sophomore guard
On the defensive success
“We got rebounds and made sure to stay on their shooters. We took away most of the back-door options that they like to go to at the end of the shot clock.”

On the upcoming game against Miami
“This is what you come to Ohio State for, to play in big college games. The atmosphere down there should be incredible and I know we’re all looking forward to it.”

B.J. Mullens, Ohio State freshman center
On his comfort level
“I’m really getting comfortable out on the court. The first two games I rushed some things so the coaches are telling me to slow down and be more patient. That worked today because I let the game come to me.”

On the Ohio State defense
“We take pride in leading with our defense. They (Samford) were a three-point shooting team and we were really effective in staying on their shooters and not giving them too many open looks.”

Jimmy Tillette, Samford head coach
On the game
“It seemed like the game took two weeks to play. Ohio State is a good, athletic, well-coached team.”

On the second half
“They are big down low and you have to be able to finish strong and that was a problem for us. We tried to do some things on the fly that in retrospect we just shouldn’t have done.”

On Ohio State head coach Thad Matta
“I’ve known Thad for a long time and he has a done a good job. They’re a young team and they are just going to get better.”