Postgame Quotes: No. 20 Iowa 84, No. 3 Ohio State 74

Jan. 12, 2014

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No. 20 Iowa 84 (14-3, 3-1), No. 3 Ohio State 74 (15-2, 2-2)
Jan. 12, 2014
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 18,809 (sellout)

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On recovering from the loss
“We were in this exact same position last year. The biggest challenge is making sure our minds are where they need to be in order for us to get better. We’re so far from the end of the finish line and to panic is something I won’t do and have never done.”

On overcoming adversity
“You have 12 great kids and getting them to understand that it is hard. College basketball is hard. There are a lot of ups and downs but it’s about picking yourself up, dusting yourself off and going back into the game. From our perspective, it’s staying positive but demanding and finding ways to continue to grow and connect are things we have to do.”

Aaron Craft, senior guard
On Ohio State’s communication
“I don’t think we were talking the way we normally do. There are a few things we need to get corrected and it will not get any easier coming up on the road for us. There is a lot to be learned from this game. “

On playing as a team
“We are at our best when we are connected. When we are talking you are able to see that in our offense. In the past two games, we have not been connected and it is very easy to see.”

LaQuinton Ross, junior forward
On Iowa’s zone defense
"We worked on zone all week and all season. It was all on us. We need to make shots. Sometimes we forget what we do in practice but we have to bring what we do in practice to the game.” 

Fran McCaffery, Iowa head coach
On Iowa’s late run in the second half
“I thought there were a couple big things that happened. Ohio State got up by nine and we answered that run, which was critical to put us in position. I thought our zone was a lot better and it was good we decided to stick with the zone.”

On Ohio State’s 21 turnovers vs. Michigan State, 17 vs. Iowa
“I don’t think you can look at anything in particular with that stat. We played a lot of zone and Michigan State plays a different type of defense from us.”

On putting up 84 points against OSU’s defense
“We tried to utilize spacing as best as we could because we really wanted to keep them spaced. Ohio State is going to take advantage with their quickness and they are really good at getting steals. For us, we wanted a great offense going into this game.”