Two-Minute Drill: Inside Ohio State’s Postgame Locker Room
By Brandon Castel
NEW ORLEANS — It should come as no surprise that there was a somber mood inside Ohio State’s locker room Saturday night following a 64-62 loss to Kansas in the Final Four.
Team leaders William Buford and Jared Sullinger were still drying their eyes as they walked out of the locker room on their way to the podium for a postgame press conference.
They were summoned back into the locker room moments later after OSU head coach Thad Matta nearly took a spill coming out of the locker room. Matta’s feet got tangled in the mass of television cables being dragged into the Ohio State locker room.
He lost his balance and landed hard on his left foot, which is good because Matta’s right foot was rendered largely useless after his back surgery five years ago. Matta was shaken up by the incident, but said afterward he was fine.
Sullinger and Thomas Still Thinking
* Sullinger said he hasn't made a decision about his future yet. Will sit down and talk with coaches and family.
* Unlike last year, Sullinger would not commit to returning next season, but said he needs time to think about his decision.
* Sullinger said he didn't quite have the same bad taste in his mouth as last year because at least they made it to the Final Four.
* Sullinger said he didn't know exactly what factors would go into his decision about whether to come back.
* Thomas said he also has to think about his future. His exact quote was "of course I might come back."
* Thomas has to give this loss some time to settle before he thinks about his future. Said if he hears something good, he might look into it.
* Thomas said he thinks his game is getting better every year and that he's not far off from being NBA ready, if that's what he wants to do.
Thomas Frustrated by Foul Trouble
* Thomas said he was frustrated with the foul trouble. Thought there were some bad/cheap calls against him.
* Matta said the biggest thing Deshaun's foul trouble did was allow Kansas to double on Sullinger while he was out of the game.
* Thomas thought the first shot he took at the end was a great look. Said he might give it up the second time if he could do it again.
* Thomas said it was his knee he hurt. Banged it on something and it was bothering him, but he felt okay going back in.
* William Buford sat on the floor after the game and stared at the floor. Wouldn't let anyone help him up. Said he couldn't believe it was over.
* Buford said he would have liked to get the last shot, but he doesn't care who takes it as long as it goes in.
* Aaron Craft said there were a hundred different things that went wrong for OSU to lose the game. Hard to pick out one or two.
* Lenzelle Smith, Jr. said the difference in the game was Thomas Robinson carrying his team to victory.
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