Two Minute Drill - Ohio U Post-game
By Rob Ogden
Ohio State shot 51 free throws and Amir Williams recorded his first-career double-double as the Buckeyes defeated Ohio 79-69 Tuesday night. After the game, a voiceless coach Thad Matta and a few players spoke to the media. Here are the highlights.
Thad Matta Updates
* Matta said he knew this season was going to be a little bit different in terms of the way the game is called. He said it's something they need to continue to adapt to.
* He said he hopes the Buckeyes can learn from Tuesday's win, and use the experience of being in pressure situations to their advantage down the road.
* Matta said he didn't notice the new foul rules being enforced in the first game or in the exhibition game.
* Matta said that he thought the game was played in a great environment.
* He said Ohio State will continue to face more Columbus natives down the road because of how strong Columbus basketball has become.
* Matta said he thought Williams played tremendous defense. He said Williams finally showed the amount of energy that he routinely shows in practice.
Aaron Craft Updates
* Craft said they came into the season with the understanding that games would be called differently, and added that that makes them have to stay more focused throughout the game.
* He said they got lazy on defense for the third-consecutive game, and added that that's something that needs fixed.
* Craft said he thinks the experience of playing in a close game will benefit the team down the road.
* He said Ohio guards Stevie Taylor and Nick Kellogg got more confident as they hit more shots as the game went on.
* Craft said they will have to take advantage of their opportunities at the foul line if this is how the games are going to be called.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. Updates
* Smith said he didn't think Ohio did anything to take them out of their game in the second half. He said they stopped trusting in their system.
* He said it was nice to get a challenge, and added that it will keep them on their toes. He called it "a humbling experience."
Jim Christian Updates
* Christian said he doesn't think his team was intimidated after the slow start. He said he knew his team would fight back, and added that you would be hard pressed to find any team that plays harder than his.
* He said the Buckeyes are one of the best defensive teams in the country and probably the best defensively on the perimeter.
* He said they wanted to play a team like Ohio State in order to expose their own strengths and weaknesses.
Nick Kellogg Updates
* Kellogg, a Columbus native, said more than anything, they were just trying to compete. He said they talked about not giving up, and added that he thinks Tuesday's game was a step in the right direction.
* He said half of the team's foul trouble was the guards' fault for allowing the Buckeyes to penetrate to the rim so easily.
* Asked if he felt at home, Kellogg said a little bit, but added that he prefers Athens.
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