Postgame Quotes: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin

Jan. 29, 2013

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No. 11 Ohio State (16-4, 6-2 Big Ten) 58, Wisconsin (14-7, 5-3) 49
Jan. 29, 2013
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance – 16,911

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On the growth of Deshaun Thomas
"I think his growth would rank at the top. Evan Turner grew a lot as well in his career, and it's always great to see them turn into men. I think he was offensively efficient [tonight] and he was high on his shot."

On Wisconsin’s offensive strategy
"Wisconsin chose to shoot a lot of threes. I think we sometimes over helped on defense."

On Wisconsin's defense
"They were so pack oriented. Their positioning on defense is really good. It was tough to shoot threes tonight, but we were able to find seams and overall, Aaron Craft was really good.” 

Aaron Craft, junior guard
On the performance of Deshaun Thomas
“I got Deshaun [Thomas] the ball and he made some big shots. He is continuing to grow as a player.”

On building a lead vs. the Wisconsin defense
“The biggest thing is to get the lead. Rebounding the ball was important to getting the lead and not wasting an offensive possession with a bad shot. We didn’t do anything special. We took it one possession at a time.”

Deshaun Thomas, junior forward
On the game
“We did real well down the stretch. We screened and passed the ball really well. Coach told us we needed to be aggressive and start out with a fast tempo and that’s what we did.”

On rebounding from the Iowa loss
“I got hit in the head [during the Iowa game] and got stitches for the first time. I had great teammates that hit shots. Coming into this game I felt really good.”

LaQuinton Ross, sophomore forward
On getting off to a slow start
“We came out slow in the beginning and that is something we need to stop. We need to play all the way through.”

On self-improvements
“For me as a player, the biggest area I have grown in is listening. Last year, I was rebellious and it really hurt me. It’s not all about scoring. I do what I can for my teammates.”

Bo Ryan, Wisconsin head coach
On second half spurt by Ohio State
“Guys missed some assignments defensively and that allowed them [Ohio State] to get some easy baskets.”

On not shooting a free throw
“We’ve done it to other teams and we’ve had other games where we took only one or two, but Ohio State played well defensively.”

On Ohio State and Deshaun Thomas
“They’ve got a good team. Thomas is the best player we’ve played against and we took away his three-point shot, but he can attack so well and is so strong. His mid-range game is what hurt us most tonight.”

On mind set during run by Ohio State
“You don’t think about that. You play each possession whether you’re down four or up four.”