Dec. 27, 2013
No. 3 Ohio State (13-0) 71, Louisiana-Monroe (3-5) 31
Dec. 27, 2013
Value City Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On entering conference play undefeated
"We have 18 battles coming up and the war is decided in March. From the standpoint of the challenges of that lie ahead, it's what the guys sign up for when they come to Ohio State."
On what the squad has learned from game one to game 13
"I think we have to be as good as we can every night defensively. Continuing to build our offensive execution is key. Scoring in the half court and generating points off our defense is important."
On LaQuinton Ross' second-consecutive double-double
"He's more engaged. I think he's playing at a higher level and a level we need to play at."
Lenzelle Smith Jr., senior guard
On the team's attitude coming back from Christmas
"We put out a win, but we did not execute and do the things that we needed to do. We know that we are getting ready to start the Big Ten season, so we need to come off strong - getting back to our system and what works for us."
On looking forward to the start of conference play
"Honestly, I'm ecstatic and can't wait. There are going to be some great challenges and we are going to learn a lot about this team. This is what we have been preparing for all season. I can't wait to see where we match up against some of the best teams in the country."
LaQuinton Ross, junior forward
On Ohio State's mindset entering the Big Ten season
"During my three years here, people have never had much faith in us and how we play, and every night we prove them wrong. My freshman year we made it to the Final Four and my sophomore year we made it to the Elite Eight. Coming into the Big Ten this year, there are a lot of teams that are supposed to be better than us. It's time for us to go out there and play our game on the court."
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