Feb. 14, 2012
No. 6 Ohio State (22-4, 10-3 Big Ten) 78, Minnesota (17-9, 5-8 Big Ten) 68
Williams Arena - Minneapolis, Minn.
Feb. 14, 2012
Minnesota Head Coach Tubby Smith
On the 20-0 run:
“I was really disappointed, that was disturbing.. We had guys that felt the pressure and tried to score, I need to score, but no we need to score, we need to screen down, we need to make that pass, not me, I need to go score. That’s what happens when you see guys inside getting their shot blocked and taking it up when they should of passed it.. We needed better defense, we needed to rebound and get some stops.”
On getting down in the beginning:
“I don’t think any of us really know why we do that but it happens and we fight back, but we can’t dig ourselves holes in the beginning of the game, especially a 20-point hole. That’s something we have to work on, coming out stronger, not just starting out the half strong but having intensity the whole game.”
On their spirits at half time after the run:
“I especially had them up because we made that run. After being down 20, cutting it down to nine, and then [William] Buford hit that tough shot towards the end of the half. But our spirits were definitely high, it was just that 20-0 run that killed us.”
On how this loss feels compared to the Wisconsin loss:
“I think all the losses feel the same. If you’re not winning, you’re never happy. They all feel the same to me.”
On Andre Hollins starting:
“I thought he did a really good job. He picked us up when we didn’t come out strong. I thought he did a good job starting.”
On Oto Osenieks giving the team new life:
“Oto played great. He is definitely someone who comes in and brings energy and he did exactly that. He has to keep being confident out there.”
Ohio State Head Coach Thad Matta
On bringing in the bench players:
“Those guys have practiced well. We told them to be ready to go tonight. I thought one of the big keys was Ralph Sampson [III] picking up a few fouls there early, and they elected to sit him for the first half. He’s a tremendous player. Like I said, I thought everybody came in and did a great job.”
On Buford’s play tonight:
“It was good. He started off with the first seven. It was in the flow of the offense, and the shots were there, and he knocked them down. It just happened in the flow, and we wanted to get him going, don’t mistake me there, but it was good to see him knock down a couple shots."
On where practice after the loss to Michigan State got them:
“I think we had a good workout Sunday night and even yesterday, and quite honestly a pretty good shoot-around today. Hopefully we’re learning what it takes to get ourselves ready and bounce back after a loss.”
On finishing the first half:
“I’m going to be honest--I thought it was more of our defense. We started doing some things that quite honestly, I know this, in six practices we haven’t practiced. I’m not exactly sure what we were doing. It’ll be good to go back and take a look at the film so they can explain what they were doing. A couple underneath out-of-bounds plays, I’m not sure. The threes that we missed, I thought that they were good looks. I thought in the first half we had some really good shots at the basket.”
On his confidence throughout the game:
“I was never at ease until the horn sounded. They got a lot of guys that can really shoot the ball. The one kid came in – number 10 [Oto Osenieks] – he gave them a heck of a boost tonight. I’ve seen him on tape do some pretty good things, and he really put it all together tonight.”
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