Category: 2-World

(From: 247sports[dot]com)

"You look at what he's accomplished thus far in his career at Ohio State and just the wins and the big plays that he's made — in coaching, you don't get to coach a lot of guys like him just from A to Z and everything he stands for," Matta said. "He kind of makes us go on both ends of the floor. Obviously, he was making shots. A lot of people panicked when he wasn't scoring in the middle of the season, and I'm like, 'I don't have a problem with it. It'll come.' He loves these types of games, there's no question about it. He's big for us."


"Just trying to believe in myself," he said. "I think we have a lot of plays that we can execute that get me open shots and help me create for someone else."


"I am really looking forward to playing somebody else," he said. "I think the other Big Ten teams are. We've really beaten the hell out of each other. I really believe the toughest teams, the ones who have been through the most, is going to benefit. I'm looking forward to playing anybody. I'd rather play the Lakers tomorrow instead of these teams we've played recently."


Wisconsin handed the Buckeyes their most lopsided loss of the season when they fell 71-49 in Madison on Feb. 17. Since then, they've lost.

"We stayed together as a team and we played hard," Thomas said. "We know not to give up and to stay together when things are going down."