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Postgame Quotes: No. 14 Wisconsin vs. No. 24 Ohio State

Postgame Quotes
Wisconsin vs. Ohio State
Feb. 1, 2014
Kohl Center – Madison, Wis.
Final Stats

Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan

On last possession:
“He (Traevon Jackson) lost the ball. He mis-dribbled and had to pick it up. The idea was for him to take it. If they helped off on him he could kick, but he loses his dribble, so he really can’t make a good, solid play. It was just mishandled.”

On offensive tentativeness down the stretch:
“I don’t know about tentative. I think there was a lot of physical contact out there. I think our guys got to be unsure about some things. They were trying to work the clock, trying to get to the line again. But when you’re at home and you’re 1-for-9 from 3, I have a hard time figuring out how the last two games we didn’t knock down more perimeter shots. That I don’t understand.”

On Ohio State looking different than it did on tape:
“I don’t think they did anything differently. You get a guy like (Aaron) Craft who steps up and hits that 3 when he hasn’t been hitting a lot of those. But they played the way we thought they were going to play. If we do anything on our offensive end and you tell me we’re going to have Ohio State shooting that kind of percentage when they have those kind of athletes and length and bounce, I would say, ‘OK, I think we can get them.’ But we didn’t.”

On player leadership:
“When you’re not hitting (shots) everyone wants to talk about leadership. I think what I’m looking at is: I saw some guys hustling out there, I saw some guys banging on the glass, I saw Nigel (Hayes) just working. And he does it without talking about it. Maybe that can be infectious. Maybe that can spread to some of the other guys, but for the most part the guys are playing hard. Leadership comes from a lot of different places. When you’re out on the court and the noise is up and the possession is going on, you’re not thinking about leadership. You’re thinking about what you can do to make something happen in a positive way.”

Wisconsin Players

Ben Brust

On having an opportunity to pull ahead in the second half:
“There was opportunities. We didn’t take advantage of them and they got their chance. After we didn’t, they took advantage to keep themselves around at the end of the game. Ultimately, we’ve got to do better.”

On why his game slowed down in the second half and if it was because of Ohio State’s defense:
“We were running our offense. They were switching stuff. Missed two open looks, nothing extremely different. Sometimes they don’t fall. They do a good job, 1-4 they’re long and they’re all athletic. So they can switch out and not be hurt by that. So they’re a tough team defensively."

On the team’s confidence after this stretch:
“I don’t think we’re happy by any means, but we want to get back to what we know we can be. We have to change something, so we’re going to get back at it. We can’t sulk. We’ve got to move on. There’s nine games left and we’ve got to try and turn those nine games positively.”

Josh Gasser

On almost establishing control of the game and why they were unable to take control after gaining a lead:
“There were definitely a couple times where we were up by six, seven points, and with the ball and without the ball we just couldn’t get that next bucket, that next stop. We had a few turnovers. We missed open looks and they made plays that kept them in it. That’s what you’ve got to do when you come from behind. Keep chipping away, keep chipping away, and that’s what they did. They made one more play than we did.”

On the Badgers’ play today:
“We did what we wanted for a large part of that game. But in this league against good teams, you’ve got to play the full 40 minutes. Can’t give up any easy looks. Can’t give up any offensive rebounds. You’ve got to stay focused every possession and sometimes you’ve got to make a play or two. Like I said, they just made one more than we did.”

Nigel Hayes

On when he looks at his stats from today’s game where he looks first:
“I think everyone in the room knows. I missed more free throws than I made and that’s a big problem. I really have to start converting from the free throw line. Getting there is not the problem. I just need to start making my shots so I can help the team.”

On what the team says to each other during a stretch like this:
“Like you said we didn’t want to just talk the talk, we have to walk the walk. This game was better than previous losses we had. We weren’t giving up easy layups and it was a lack of playing hard or playing physical. It’s just sometimes the ball doesn’t bounce your way. We have to find ways to make the ball bounce our way. We’ll take a crack at it in the next game.”

Ohio State Head Coach Thad Matta

On what they did defensively to hold UW without a field goal 6+ minutes down the stretch:
“Fouled. No, I say that because they did shoot a lot of free throws in that stretch and odd ones, but I think from the standpoint of we had very good activity, I thought guys were reading things and we were pressuring the ball where we needed it.

Probably the biggest thing was we gave quick help and got back and challenged what we needed to challenge. We went through that stretch early in the second half where we weren’t rebounding, we were rotating, but we didn’t rotate back to get the rebound. They did a good job of exploiting that on us.”

On whether or not he anticipated UW guard Traevon Jackson taking final shot:
“No question. The one thing we know about Traevon -- he’s a heck of a basketball player, and he likes big shots and he loves the ball at the end of the shot clock and at the end of the game. I mean, what, has he hit like 19 game-winners in his three years here? So we knew and we told our guys, ‘he’s probably going to take the shot.’ And LaQuinton (Ross) did an incredible job of stunting, getting back and challenging the three.”

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