COLUMBUS, Ohio — Following the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 76-75 loss to Purdue on Thursday night, Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta met with the media to discuss his team’s most recent defeat.
Matta also confirmed that Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop is out for the remainder of the season due to a stress fracture in his leg. According to Matta, the junior is expected to receive a medical redshirt.
Other topics covered by Matta in Thursday night’s press conference include:
- The emotion his players showed in the aftermath of their one-point loss.
- The Boilermakers’ controversial second-half tip-in, in which it appeared Purdue forward Carsen Edwards didn’t beat the shot clock.
- The Buckeyes’ upcoming stretch, which includes games against Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan State in the next 10 days.
- Ohio State’s mental state heading into what could be a season-defining stretch.
- What the Buckeyes will miss without Bates-Diop in their lineup for the remainder of the season.
- JaQuan Lyle’s attempt to win the game on the final possession.
You can watch all of Matta’s comments from Thursday night in the video above. Ohio State will return to action on Sunday, when the Buckeyes travel to Minneapolis to take on Minnesota. The Golden Gophers laid claim to a 13-2 record heading into a Thursday night matchup at Northwestern.