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By Matt McCoy
It was quite a reception from Buckeye fans for Jim Tressel last Saturday. The coach and his 2002 national championship team got a standing ovation when they were introduced during Ohio State's 26-21 win over Michigan.
Tressel, in his weekly "Moment with Jim Tressel" on Channel 3 in Cleveland reacted to the reception he received.
"A lot of people have asked me how it felt to be back on the field with those guys," Tressel said. "The standing ovation from the fans was an overwhelming display of their appreciation for that team. We felt humbled and equally appreciative."
Tressel talked more about the 2002 team, being back in Ohio Stadium and the reunion in his Channel 3 "Moment" posted below.
Matta "Not Happy" after 73-68 loss at Duke
**Click HERE: Matta to listen to Thad Matta after Ohio State's loss to Duke**
Duke extended its home winning streak over non-conference opponents to 97 games...but just barely. The Blue Devils knocked off Ohio State 73-68 Wednesday night in a game the Buckeyes led most of the game. If you think coach Thad Matta came away pleased that his team competed and pushed Duke to the final buzzer, think again.
"I'm not happy. We had chances to make plays and we didn't make plays," Matta said. "They scored two times in a row on the same play and we knew the play was coming and we didn't guard it the way we were supposed to guard it...Yes, it's early in the season but damn, you've got to make (those plays.) You can't give it up two times in a row."
Duke shot 58 percent from the floor in the second half. Ohio State, for the game, shot 34 percent. The guards, Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith and back-up Shannon Scott were a combined 8-for-35 (23 percent).
"We had some great looks at the basket and the shots weren't going down," Matta said. "In a game like this you have to make some big plays down the stretch and unfortunately we just weren't able to do it...You've got to knock a few of those (shots) down. You can't come in and shoot 34 percent. If you would have told me (before the game) that we were going to shoot 34 percent I'd have said we got ran out of the gym tonight."
610 WTVN basketball analyst Tony White joined Joel Riley Thursday morning with his reaction to the game (click here: White to listen) and said while the loss was disappointing, there were some encouraging signs.
"You've got to look at some of the positivies. Sure it was a loss but this was an important step, I think, for this team. They played well," Tony said. "The second half certainly was not what the first half was, but the first half was a very good effort and I think a glimpse of what this team can do when it starts to put everything together."
Despite some defensive breakdowns that led to 50 second half points by Duke, Tony said the ultimate demise of the Buckeyes was their inability to hit clutch shots when the Blue Devils made their game winning run.
"One of the things (Ohio State) has to learn to do is make shots in pressure situations, by guys who really haven't been required to make shots in pressure situations," Tony said. "Deshaun Thomas (16 points) has been required to do that (before) and he made enough shots (6-for-14, 3-for-6 from 3) for Ohio State to win. The problem was, nobody else did. Aaron Craft took 15 shots (3-for-15) and only had 11 points. Shannon Scott goes 1-for-8. You can't have those types of shooting efforts by your guards and expect to beat Duke on the road. It's just not going to happen."