Dec. 31, 2010
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Ohio State Head Coach Thad Matta
"I thought we came out tonight and played well. I told our players after the game I thought we became complacent in trading baskets and defensively, we were not as sharp as we needed to be. We were on fire, but we began to play lackadaisically and I give Indiana a lot of credit. I thought they did a great job of moving us and the basketball around. Watford hit some great shots and he is a tremendous player. For us to come in on the road in our first Big Ten game and win, we are excited and are ready to go for Tuesday."
On inside to outside ball movement and shooting the basketball well:
"We are constantly striving for good inside to outside ball movement. Jared Sullinger did not get a lot of ball touches to start the game. I thought our guys did a great job of remaining patient and getting the ball into the post. We know Jared will throw the ball outside a lot and our guys were hitting from the outside."
On facing different zone defenses Indiana played:
"We prepared for them. We prepared for the 2-3 and 1-3-1 zones we saw in second half. Indiana played the `switching man' the other night against Penn State. We had a few days to get ready for the defenses."
On getting good open shots and ball movement during the game:
"I thought our ball movement was decent. We did not take care of the ball and we were sloppy compared to the way we have been playing. Guys found guys tonight and we felt there were a few areas we were going to attack. We started to click. Something we attempt to do really well is move the ball."
On Jared Sullinger fouling two Indiana players out early and wearing down post players:
"We felt like that the game was going to be rough and physical tonight for Jared and we told him that. We expected him to shoot a lot of free throws. I thought he did a good job moving and holding the post. He is going to see a lot of pressure in the future and I though he was very good tonight."