Postgame Quotes: No. 3 Ohio State 84, Nebraska 53

Jan. 4, 2014

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No. 3 Ohio State (15-0, 2-0)  84, Nebraska (8-5, 0-2) 53
Jan. 4, 2014
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 17, 536

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On Ohio State’s depth
“I’m comfortable with my rotation. Every game poses a different scenario in terms of what we might need. It’s great to see when guys come in and can contribute. Everyone looks at the stats, how many points, rebounds, etc. but there a lot of other intangible things that those guys did today that were good.”

On the upcoming game at Michigan State
“Most importantly, we took care of what we needed to do today. The environment Tuesday over there at West Lafayette was probably very similar to what we are going to see this coming Tuesday. Our guys have a great appreciation for how good Michigan State is.”

On Amedeo Della Valle’s contributions on offense
“It excites me. I know how hard he works and how badly he wants the team to do well. He wants to contribute and be a part of what we are doing. He’s diligent in his work and he is doing exactly what we need him to do for us.”

Amedeo Della Valle, sophomore guard
On Nebraska’s defense
“I was just trying to play the game. I noticed they were trying to attack me on offense, especially Deverall Biggs. I just came out, played my game and didn’t pay attention to them.”

On his mentality coming off the bench
“Usually we talk on the bench and make sure we bring energy to the team. When you bring energy, you are already doing something big. Then shots come and you play good defense.”

Marc Loving, freshman forward
On Ohio State’s next opponent
“Collectively, we have a great mindset going into our next game. Michigan State is a very, very tough team and we have to bring our A-game”

On providing a boost off the bench
“We [bench players] just try to bring a lot of energy to the game. Our energy off the bench can effect the game in a major way, whether it's scoring, rebounding or whatever it is.”