Two Minute Drill - Buckeyes Maul Maryland
By Rob Ogden
Thad Matta Updates
* Matta said the steal and score at the end of the first half was a huge play that started with Aaron Craft. He called it one of the most tremendous plays he's seen in his time at Ohio State.
* Matta said guys do a great job of finding Sam Thompson in transition and said Thompson is always a threat. He added that Thompson can suck a defense in knowing that he can make them pay if they don't.
* He said they've done a lot of shooting over the past couple weeks in practice and have worked on the little things, such as hand placement and footing.
* Matta said their shooting percentages in practice have been very high recently, and added he's glad that has carried over the past couple games.
* He said LaQuinton Ross has slowed things down in his mind and makes the Buckeyes a much better basketball team when he's playing well. Matta said the look on Ross' face is different when he's on, as he was Wednesday night.
* Matta said Ross is finally healthy for the most part. Ross had been dealing with multiple injuries during the past few weeks.
* Matta called Bob Knight, who called the game for ESPN, one of his all-time favorite people. "When he talks you cling on to every word," Matta said. "It's always good to have him back home."
* He said Amir William is a work-in-progress. Matta said Williams did a lot of good things Wednesday, but still has many areas in which he needs to improve.
Aaron Craft Updates
* Craft said they kept their confidence in Ross despite his previous shooting struggles and added that he's turning the corner.
* Craft said they wanted to build on the shooting performance they had against North Florida last week, when they scored a season-high 99 points.
* He said Matta was enthralled when Sam Thompson scored on the steal right before the half. "He's our biggest fan when things like that happen," Craft said. "He's sometimes more excited than we are."
*Thompson said Shannon Scott and Craft draw so much attention on the open floor that getting open for dunks is easy for him.
* Thompson said they knew coming into the game that they could exploit Maryland in transition if they got clean rebounds because of how hard the Terrapins crash the glass.
* He said the team's main focus is still defense, no matter how well they're shooting the ball. "We'll always be a team that hangs our hat on our defense," he said.
* He compared Maryland to Michigan State because of the way they rebound and to Michigan because of the way the Terrapins have four different guys that can stretch the floor and make shots.
* Thompson was upset with the way the Buckeyes were out rebounded, 44-30. He said if they want to take the next step as a basketball team, they have to become a better rebounding team.
* Thompson said he was off to study. He has a final Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and another one Friday at the same time.
Mark Turgeon Updates
* Turgeon said he thought Ohio State played terrific. He added the Buckeyes got a lot of confidence once they started to make shots early on.
* He said Craft was in total control of the game on both ends of the floor, and added that Ohio State played terrific team defense.
* He said Craft is "at another level," and said that they won't see a player like that again unless they play Ohio State again.
* He said they don't get caught up in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, or the fact that Wednesday night's game was their last in the Challenge as an ACC school.
* Turgeon said he didn't think Ross was as aggressive in the second half after scoring 17 in the first half. He added that the Buckeyes might have made an adjustment in order to get Williams more involved in the game that took Ross out of the game.
* On Ohio State's steal and score before the half, Turgeon said, "That was the game."
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