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Men's Basketball
Two-Minute Drill: Kansas Postgame
By Brandon Castel

LAWRENCE, Kan. — It wasn’t the outcome Ohio State was hoping for, and they aren’t much interested in morale victories, but the Buckeyes played tough in their 78-67 loss at Kansas on Saturday.

Without preseason All-American Jared Sullinger, who missed his second game with back spasms, Ohio State hung around with the No. 13-ranked Jayhawks before Thomas Robinson ended their hopes of a comeback in the final minutes.

Robinson scored 14 of his team-high 21 points in the second half, including a run of 10-straight points to put the game on ice while Sullinger watched from the bench.

Here is a look at what the players and coaches were saying after the game at “Phog” Allen Fieldhouse.

Back to Jared Sullinger

· Aaron Craft said they pretty much knew early in the week that Sullinger wasn't going to play.

· Thad Matta insisted they didn't know until this morning that Sullinger wasn't going to play. Said he tried to convince them he was OK.

· Matta said he is always going to look out for his players and for the program ahead of winning one basketball game.

· Kansas coach Bill Self said decision to sit Sullinger was smart because "they have a chance to win it all down the road."

· Self on Sullinger: "We know he didn't play and they're a better team with him. We wanted him to play."

· Self called Sullinger top candidate for National POY, but said OSU still a top 10 team without him.

· William Buford said having Sullinger in the lineup makes things easier on everyone, but Evan Ravenel and Amir Williams did a good job.

Buford’s Tale of Two Halves

· Buford said he was getting good looks in the first half, but his shots just weren’t going in.

· Buford said Kansas did not do anything differently defensively, he just wasn’t shooting well in the first half. Said he made it a point to get closer to the basket in the second half to get his rhythm back

· Buford said the only thing he kept telling himself is "you're a better player than this. Don't be one-dimensional."

· Buford also said he wasn't putting more pressure on himself because Sullinger was out. Shots just weren't falling. Had to find his groove.

· Self said the best thing they did on Buford today was make him an inefficient scorer. Usually gets 21pts on 12 shots not 23 shots.

· Buford said he never thought about the Kentucky game once today. "That's way in the past now."

Deshaun’s Big Day

· Self said they wanted to make force Deshaun Thomas to make shots in the first half and he burned them.

· Buford credited Thomas with carrying them in the first half while he was struggling to find his rhythm.

· Thomas said he has matured a lot as a player. Learned to pass up tough shots if he can get his teammate an easier one.

· Thomas said he felt like he did a decent job against Robinson in the first half. In the second half he rotated on Robinson with Ravenel and Williams.

· Self said they put freshman Kevin Young on Thomas in the second half and he did a much better job.

· Matta said Kevin Young (14pts, 4reb) was probably the biggest difference in the game.

Adding LaQuinton

· Buford said he thinks they can work LaQuinton Ross into the rotation because he is a great scorer and has great length.

· Asked Buford if he taught LaQuinton Ross any of his moves, "Not yet, I don't think he's ready for that yet."

· Deshaun Thomas said Ross reminds him of himself last year. Said he told Ross if things don't go your way, stay positive. Time will come.

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