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CHICAGO - Ohio State junior forward Deshaun Thomas spoke with the media following the Buckeyes' win over Nebraska in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at the United Center on March 15, 2013.
"I don't think I was (ready). You know, I took a bad shot early. Didn't run a play all the way through, and then I scored on. But Coach grabbed me, took me, out and my teammates and my coaches -- just calm down, get your mind right and things going to come to you and just relax.
And in the course of the game, everything was flowing. Got a couple easy buckets down low. Teammates got a couple passes; hit [Aaron] Craft on a three, and that's when you have your game right. Your game right you got stops and steals and our offense got clicking."
"Actually, I was just cheering on my teammates. Sam [Thompson] got an easy bucket to the lay in and I was just thinking about getting my mind right, that's what I was thinking on the bench, and that's what I did, and cheering on my teammates."
"... we didn't have enough time to get in early to shoot. But I mean, we are all basketball players. We know we've got to take our shooting really serious and we feel kind of comfortable.
The one thing that we did out there, we shared the ball as a team and we hit the right spots and we knocked down the jumpers. Q [LaQuinton Ross] came in, [Aaron] Craft had one at the top. Sam Thompson had a great shooting night. But we feel kind of comfortable. This is what we love and we take shooting very serious."