Postgame Quotes From No. 19/17 Ohio State vs. No. 10/9 Illinois
Feb. 12, 2006
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Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On Jamar Butler's performance
"Jamar has improved his defense and it's helped him on the offense. He has been playing well all year."
On the win today
"We still have six great challenges ahead and a lot of work to do. It is important that the team understands that. We've beaten two Top 20 teams this week and that's tremendous for us."
Jamar Butler, sophomore guard
On his performance tonight
"I have a little more confidence and my shots have been falling in. I love the challenge of playing against tough players."
Je'Kel Foster, senior guard
On Ohio State's game plan
"I wanted to take care of the ball and stay in the system we planned. I credit my teammates for sticking to the system and sharing the ball. We wanted to throw the first punch and come out like we did."
Terence Dials, senior center
On his play vs. Illinois
"The way they played defense gave me the opportunity to score one-on-one. I try to stay aggressive and play hard because in the Big Ten anything can happen."
Bruce Weber , Illinois head coach
On the game
"I thought we came out casual and I was disappointed because we did that last week and that is all we talked about this week."
On Ohio State's three point shooting
"It is clear that they are very good. Butler might be the most improved player in the conference. He was 5-of-6 and Foster was 6-8 - we have guys that don't shot free throws that well."
On Illinois' defense
"We came out very casual and they did very well in their schemes. In the second half we raised our level but it wasn't enough."