BSB TV: Russell's Dominance And More

Thad Matta and players met with the media to preview tomorrow's game with Penn State and D'Angelo Russell was the favorite topic of conversation.

Ohio State head coach Thad Matta met with the media Tuesday in advance of the team’s home game tomorrow night against Penn State. Unsurprisingly much of the talk was about D’Angelo Russell. The freshman recorded a triple-double Sunday against Rutgers – the first by an Ohio State freshman and fourth in program history – with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Matta spoke about what he expected out of Russell entering the season and how impressed he has been with how the freshman has handled all the accolades he has received this season.

Despite the talk about Russell as a Top 5 NBA draft pick and speculation that he could become the program’s 10th consensus All-American, the freshman said he hasn’t struggled to stay focused.

With seven games left in the regular season, it is no time for Russell to talk about his plans after this season, but Matta was willing to share his thoughts on the current structure of college basketball which allows players to enter the NBA draft after just one season of NCAA basketball.

While Russell was the main attraction, he wasn’t the only topic of conversation Tuesday. Matta spoke about the importance of players like Keita Bates-Diop (14 points and nine rebounds against Rutgers) stepping up for the Buckeyes going forward, especially without suspended sophomore Marc Loving. Loving will not play against the Nittany Lions and Matta said he may be back for Saturday’s game at Michigan State.

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