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Ohio vs. Western Michigan Postgame Quotes

Jan. 4, 2006

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Ohio Head Coach Tim O'Shea


Opening statement:

Good night for us, we were hitting on all cylinders.  At the Kentucky game, I didn't play the bench enough.  I thought we were tired.  I think the real strengths of this team is the bench.


On tonight's game:

It is about as good as an Ohio team has ever played since I've been here.


About the guys on the bench:

It was about the guys on the bench that really sparked us; Whitney Davis, Antonio Chatman, Jerome Tillman.  Jackson is playing better.


Talking about Whitney Davis:

We've got to think about Whitney as our sixth starter, with him playing 25 minutes consistently a game.  One thing about Troutman, he does get tired.  Most players are better playing 27-28 minutes.


About Jerome Tillman:

He's undersized, but height won't be much of a factor. 


About being under pressure:

The MAC Tournament, the NCAA game, and the tournament overseas was really high-level competition.



Ohio Sophomore Leon Williams


On getting in foul trouble:

I'm not going to blame anything on the refs. I just tried to not be as aggressive. I just try to go out there and play and not worry about it.


On the team's effort:

Overall we are starting to play together. We are starting to gel and by the time late February, early March come, we should be ready to do some damage.



Ohio Junior Whitney Davis


On if he felt he had something to prove tonight after not playing much against Kentucky:

When I go out and play I just try to look for any chance I can get to make a shot or be aggressive. I try not to carry feeling over from one game onto another.


On his attitude about his playing time:

This year I've been playing a lot and been real happy with my playing time. I have no complaints.



Western Michigan Head Coach Steve Hawkins


Opening Statement:

We are a very young team right now who isn't playing with a lot of confidence. The last thing you want to do is come into Ohio and play a team that is playing as well as they are.


On the Loss:

We played directly into their hands.  The game was decided right in the first half.


On Ohio's Defense:

They are the kind of team defensively that shoots through passing lanes. They get a lot of hands on balls and rely on steals more than they do basket protection. We turned the ball over way too many times in the beginning of the game. That got us in a hole that we reallycouldnt get out of.


On WMU's Confidence:

We've got kids that normally hit shots...and we just didn't step up and shoot it. It was almost like they were surprised to be open at that point.


We're getting ready to go home for two games and we need those in the worst way.


Hopefully we'll get a chance to get it together, there at home. There's no question in my mind it'll happen.