Two-Minute Drill: Matta, Buckeyes Discuss Iowa Win
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was a wild night in Columbus.
The Buckeyes built a 24-point lead in the second half and watched it come crashing all the way back down to just four in the final minutes.
Ultimately, Ohio State held on for a 72-63 win behind 16 points from Deshaun Thomas. Here’s a look at what OSU head coach Thad Matta and his players had to say after the game.
* Matta said the biggest thing in Iowa's comeback was the fact OSU started fouling them in the halfcourt.
* Matta said it was an odd game: "Crazy, crazy things were happening out there."
* Matta said they didn't have Shannon Scott on the court late in the game was because Iowa had 4 power forwards and a PG on the floor. Also because he wanted his best free throw shooters out there.
* Matta said his team is exhausted because he's been pushing them so hard.
* Matta: "We have our moments but I'll take consistency over greatness right now."
* Evan Ravenel blamed turnovers and missed free throws for letting Iowa back into the game.
* Amir Williams said he was going after too many blocks, put him out of position to rebound the ball.
* Aaron Craft said the press sped them up and got them out of their rhythm. Said they kept switching defenses.
* Craft called six turnovers "unacceptable." Said you can't win too many basketball games that way.
* Craft: "The steal record is great but that's not going to win us basketball games. Having six turnovers is going to lose us games."
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