Two-Minute Drill: Matta, Buckeyes Preview Nebraska
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State heads to Lincoln this weekend for a road battle with Nebraska, but there wasn’t much talk of the Cornhuskers on Friday.
OSU head coach Thad Matta met with the media, along with Lenzelle Smith and LaQuinton Ross. Most of the talk centered around Ross, who recently admitted he was a little rebellious when he wasn’t getting the playing time he felt he deserved.
Q Growing Up?
* Matta said one key to coaching LaQuinton Ross is coaching all the little things. They would be going over scouting and Q is looking down at the ground. Matta stops to ask him if he's really paying attention.
* Matta said the Illinois game was a wake up call for Q because he had some turnovers and didn't play very well when they had him out there.
* Matta said he has told Deshaun Thomas that Q "is you three years ago" in some regards.
* Ross said he was being selfish after the Michigan game. His teammates were celebrating but he didn't feel like a part of it.
* Ross admitted he skipped pregame meal at Illinois because he was tired. Coaches were not happy about that.
* Lenzelle Smith said a lot of guys who come in here feel like they're the best players out there and no one should be playing over them.
* Smith said young guys have to learn there are always guys older, faster and more ready to play. Have to wait your turn.
Amir Making Strides?
* Lenzelle Smith: "I'm not going to pinpoint any names, but Amir for the first time ever was sprinting the floor up and down in practice."
* Lenzelle said he had an open shot in practice but saw Amir sprinting the floor. Passed it to him and Amir "dunked on 5 guys."
* That came after Amir had blocked a shot at the other end of the court. Smith wasn’t used to seeing him spring up the floor like that.
Who’s Number 2?
* Lenzelle said guys hear this team doesn't have a 2nd scorer, so they try too hard to be that guy.
* Lenzelle said he hears that about being this teams No. 2 scorer, but that's not always what this team needs to win games.
* Lenzelle said the key for him is not trying to be the No. 2 scorer every game, because each game demands something different from him.
* On Saturday, his primary focus will be on stopping Ray Gallegos, who had 30 against Minnesota. Against Indiana, may need to focus more on scoring.
* Matta: "As long as guys are defending, I'm fine. The offense will take care of itself."
* Matta said he guys realize at the conclusion of Saturday night this team is halfway through the Big Ten season. Nine games left.
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