Postgame Quotes: Ohio State vs. Northern Kentucky

Dec. 1, 2012

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Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach

On LaQuinton Ross
“He had a great practice yesterday and I just felt like he was going to have a really good game today. He was very efficient and the more he plays the more overall confidence he gains.”

On bouncing back after a loss
“I didn’t think we communicated as well to start the game as I would have liked, and we didn’t make enough shots. We are going to have to put the ball in the basket more moving forward the rest of this season.”

On coming together as a team
“Number one, I wanted us to get up off the mat and have fight in us. I challenged this team to collectively play defense because I knew we could take Northern Kentucky out of what they wanted to do. I also want to see us be more fluent in transition.”

On rotation of players
“I always want to have great competitions in practice and challenge my team to improve. We need to have things to hang our hat on as a team, things that are staples of our team that we are always doing. I think the way I’m rotating players gives us the best chance to do that.”

Deshaun Thomas, junior forward

On loss against Duke on Wednesday  
“We didn’t knock down shots against Duke like we needed to or get the ball to the basket. That game is behind us. We prepared in practice and can only move forward.”

On the performance by LaQuinton Ross
“It’s going to help us a lot having guys like Shannon and Q come off the bench. Teams are going to double team me a lot and having them there to step up is what we need.”

On his blocked shot
“I was in the right spot. I’m known for sneaking in for a few blocks here and there.”

LaQuinton Ross, sophomore forward

On his career-best performance against NKU
“It was great having more playing time tonight. Our coaches told me to shoot more and get more comfortable with my footwork, and that’s what I did. “

On Coach Matta using the non-conference games to evaluate roles on team
“Coach Matta told us he is not going to have a core five or six group of guys he will play.  It is going to be a lot of in-and-out this year. Our team is versatile, so we have the option to have more players play.”

Sam Thompson, sophomore forward

On preparing for the game after the Duke loss
“Coach told us to put that game behind us and more forward. Our motto was we were ‘punched in the mouth,’ but it’s over now and we are moving on. We had some ‘what if’s’ but it doesn’t matter now.”

On the team forcing 20 turnovers
“It had a lot to do with our defensive concepts. When all five of us are playing together we are a tough team to score on. They finished with 43 points and that’s something we have be proud of.”

Dave Bezold, Northern Kentucky University head coach

On playing the Buckeyes
“It is an absolutely tremendous opportunity for us to play with one of the most historical teams in the country. It is a special moment for our kids to be on this floor and play against such a great program. We are going to take great things away from this experience.”

On the transition to Division I
“Turnovers and shooting percentage have been our woes the whole year. If we make a few more shots, [the score] gets even tighter. There are some things that were positives we can take away from this. Moving out of Division II into Division I play, we need time on the floor against this level of competition to see how fast the shooting window closes against this type of team.”

On Ross’ performance
“We figured someone would make shots, we didn’t know which one. To his credit, he stepped up. We couldn’t extend pressure to everyone; we gave up the jump shot. We didn’t take away his confidence by breaking his rhythm. Craft found him in the right stops and he knocked them down.”

On Craft’s defensive pressure
“You can’t simulate the defensive pressure of Craft in practice. He is like having two guys on you. He changed the game in the second half to disrupt our offense. We wanted to send whoever he was guarding to the other end of the floor, so he couldn’t get near the ball and disrupt our offense.”

On NKU’s strategy against Thomas
“Against Thomas, we wanted to jam everyone into the lane and force him to his right. If he makes a play off you, it shows how great of a player he is and how ready he is to take it to the next level.”