COLUMBUS, Ohio — Following Ohio State’s 69-63 win over North Carolina Central on Monday night, a none too pleased Thad Matta took the podium.
“I didn’t like a whole lot of what I saw tonight,” the Buckeyes head coach said bluntly.
It wasn’t necessarily a close call, as Ohio State led for the game’s final 18:20. But it was hard to watch these Buckeyes on Monday and not see some of the same traits of last season’s OSU team, which failed to make the NCAA Tournament. Not truly putting the game away until the final minute of action, Ohio State committed 13 turnovers, tallied 16 fouls and shot an abysmal 11-for-23 from the free throw line.
Nonetheless, the Buckeye still walked away with a win, thanks to 21 points and 10 rebounds from Jae’Sean Tate. Like his head coach, Tate was unsatisfied with his team’s effort in its second game of the 2016-17 campaign.
“We apologize to Buckeye Nation,” the junior forward said.
“He should,” Matta later added when told of his top scorer’s comments.
What did Matta have to say about Tate’s big night and what went wrong elsewhere on his team? Watch the video above.