Kelvin Sampson was obviously happy with how his team played today and thought it did a good job using its zone defense to prevent the Buckeyes from spreading the floor and getting the looks it wanted.
He was also happy with how his young guards played. He lauded Armon Bassett and Jordan Crawford for their toughness in fighting through screens to guard Jamar Butler, who had just four points and missed all five 3-pointers he took.
And, of course, he expressed his gratitude for a senior like D.J. White, who finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks.
“We’re lucky to have a senior leader like D.J. White,” he said. “When you have a senior leader, he’s worth his weight in gold.”
Sampson did say that the reason Bassett and Ellis did not start was that they were “about three minutes late” for a meeting.
And he said that A.J. Ratliff is still dealing with his troubles. He hopes to meet with the senior soon.