Ohio State vs. Indiana Postgame Quotes

Jan. 15, 2012

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Ohio State 80 (16-3, 4-2), Indiana 63 (15-3, 3-3)
Value City Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 18,809

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On the team's performance
"I think they did a good job of five guys staying after it and keeping the ball moving. They did a good job of pressing up on the basketball on the defensive side."

On defensive effort
"Their defense today is what I dream about. We've shown signs of five players coming together and playing defense, but today we did a good job of playing total team defense."

On a tough loss against Illinois
"This team is very young, sometimes you don't know what they're going to give you, but I liked the way we practiced and they need to continue to practice hard, study film and come together."

Jared Sullinger, sophomore forward
On sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith, Jr. being left open
"I kept finding him. He came to the sideline after the pull-up transition shot and said, `my bad guys.' I said, `hey, you're open so keep shooting.' To be 10-of-12 from the field with 28 points, Lenzelle deserves that."

On not allowing Ohio State's defense to slack off
"We knew coming into the game that we gave these guys 17 layups the first game. We decided not to let that happen today. We came out and executed our defense."

On the chance to play Indiana again
"We just wanted to come out, play our game and give our fans a good show. I believe Lenzelle did that. This is what we wanted."

Lenzelle Smith, Jr., sophomore guard
On being open on offense|
"Throughout the other game I just saw my man leave me. This game I capitalized off of that and we were able to get some easy buckets."

On being sick this week
"It's been tough because I had to be away from my team. This is my family so not being by these guys is hard for me. I got some great sleep and chicken noodle soup though."

On returning to practice and capitalizing on being left open
"When I got back yesterday we had some different sets that were specifically for the guys leaving me [open]. It turned out to be good."

On Ohio State's defense
"We were connected on defense. I was so happy to be on defense because I felt like we could have stopped any team in the country."

Aaron Craft, sophomore guard
On Ohio State playing like they practice
"We had three great days of practice and it's a great lesson for us to learn. We are going to play as we practice. Hopefully we continue to build and understand how important practice is."

On connecting on defense
"The biggest thing to tell us if we are connected is if we are talking on defense. We understand that we are in the game and focused and we have five guys on the floor. When everyone is moving and talking that feels good."

Tom Crean, Indiana head coach
On difference in the game
"Lenzelle [Smith, Jr.] went above and beyond today. He averages about four shots a game and today he was 10-of-12. He was the difference in the game. It really came down to our lack of response to the physicality of the game. You're not going to beat a team that is as talented as they are if you don't respond to that. And you're not going to beat them defensively."

On Indiana's leadership roles
"I think everyone has to make sure they understand their part in these games. You have to know your role and know your job. You can't have `this guy' shoot and `this guy' pass. It's about the mental and physical aggression, and being strong with the basketball. It's all those things. You don't put a win on any one or two people, and you don't put a loss on one or two people. It's a team effort when you lose or win and I hope everyone understands that."