Post-game Quotes

Jan. 27, 2010

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Iowa Head Coach Todd Lickliter

Opening statement…
“I believed in the team the whole way, so I’m really disappointed. Not in our effort, but in the outcome. LaVall Jordan may have had the line of my coaching career; he told the guys, ‘You have to pay attention.’ I know that seems simple, but there are certain things going on and you can’t just play the game. You have to understand what’s going on in the game. You have to attack and play with an aggression. It has to be a calculated aggression. We just made too many errors to beat a team like this. They were errors in the nature of not paying attention. The game was ours to control and we just didn’t finish it. When it was time to finish, I think we got a little apprehensive.”

“I don’t want to take anything away from our guys. They really battled. They controlled most of the game. Until the last few minutes, we guarded one of the best teams in the nation toe-to-toe and really defended them.”

On Eric May
Eric May is starting to figure out how to compliment his skills and abilities with techniques that are important. He’s utilizing a lot of techniques, guys are helping him and we’re getting closer to defending as a team, I think. He’s done a good job on the ball. He had a heck of an assignment and he did a good job. He was great offensively too, he’s a good player.”

Ohio State Head Coach Thad Matta

Opening statement…
“We’re very fortunate to get out of here with a win tonight. I’m proud of the way we finished the game. We weren’t as ready as we needed to be when you’re playing a team like Iowa. Number one, they’re tremendous defensively, and number two, they are a team that takes an inordinate amount of three-point shots. You’ve got to be disciplined and we just weren’t clicking offensively and I’ve got a feeling when I watch the tape, I’ll see Iowa had a lot to do with that. Fortunately for us, we were able to get out in the second half and get some transition and that was the difference in the game for us.”

On Turner’s defense at half court…
“Yeah, that was a huge play. I’ve been saying that. I know he almost has a triple-double offensively tonight, but one of the biggest things we missed when he was out was his defense. He gets his hands on so many balls. He’s long, he anticipates, and that was a huge play for us.”

On team’s readiness…
“I think any time you’re coming off a loss and you have to go back on the road, not that home is any easier, but I thought we had a good couple practices leading in. When you play a team like Iowa, it’s a little bit of a different mindset because that shot clock is going to come in and it takes great discipline, great patience and it takes great poise. You’ve got to play and they picked us apart on a couple things. The one thing I learned tonight that we have to teach our guys is the jump pass. We tell them not to do it, but number three (Payne), he jumps up in the air and he’s like Payton Manning up there. He’s trying to read, and we’re moving, and he makes a pass. He’s a heck of a point guard.”

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