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By Matt McCoy
Thad Matta has always preached the 'one game at a time' gospel. He insists he looks no further than what's immediately in front of him and has a singular focus on his team and his team only. Fox Sports Radio hosts Pat O'Brien and Steve Hartman found that out Wednesday.
The hosts of Fox Sports Primetime, which airs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on our sister station, AM 1230, Fox Sports Radio, had Matta on as a guest and asked the Buckeye coach how far he thought his alma mater, Butler, would advance this year.
"You know, I don't even know who they're playing. I apologize. I haven't even looked at it," Matta said. O'Brien, trying to be funny I think, followed up with "Well, you're lying so I'll just tell you," and informed Matta of the Butler game against Bucknell.
O'Brien may not believe Matta...but I do. That's the way he is.
Prior to the Big Ten Tournament, Matta was asked if he put any stock into playing well over the weekend to make sure that Buckeyes got to play close to home, in Dayton for the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.
"I'm going to answer this by saying I didn't know Dayton was a site," Matta said, "so I haven't put any stock into it to be honest with you."
It's one game and one weekend at a time for Matta, who gave O'Brien and Hartman an example of his mindset.
"I'll put this in perspective. I was talking to one of my best friends in coaching...He's in the NCAA tournament as well and he said 'if we win two games we go to L.A. and it'll be great for us,'" Matta said. "And I said, 'you're going to L.A.?'..and he said 'yeah'...and I said, 'that's where we go.' The guy is Sean Miller (at Arizona) and we didn't even know we could play each other in the (regional semifinals) if we were both fortunate enough to get there."
Matta has talked before about a 'four team touranment' approach. The four team tournament this week is in Dayton. Matta is all about Iona for now. If the Buckeyes win, he'll shift to the Iowa State/Notre Dame winner, who the Buckeyes would meet in the Dayton 'championship game.'
I found the interview a combination of interesting and bizarre. O'Brien, whose hosted about everything imaginable in sports, was all over the place. It was Hartman who kept the conversation mostly on track and Matta handled everything--choosing not to answer their question 'which President, Clinton, George W. Bush or Obama, would you most like to hang out with at a sporting event?'
"You know, I'm not really into politics," Matta said.
If you'd like to check the interview out, click HERE
What does Clark think?
In a much less bizarre interview, CBS analyst and former Buckeye Clark Kellogg joined 610 WTVN's Joel Riley to talk about March Madness. Joel asked Kellogg about the prevailing theory that the Buckeyes, by being put in the West Regional, got an easy path to the Final Four.
"I don't like the phrase easy because there's no easy way to win six games in a row or to win the first two of the weekend," Kellogg said. "I don't think easy is the right word. Least resistance maybe. But all that stuff is meaningless when you get between that 94 by 50 foot box. You'd better play well, you better be able to withstand a poor performance if you have one because it's all about being able to advance to the next game."
To check out Clark's interview with Joel, click HERE
Loving wins Mr. Basketball
Toldeo St. John's forward/center Marc Loving was named Ohio's Mr. Basketball on Wednesday. Loving committed to Ohio State more than two years ago and signed with the Buckeyes in the fall. The 6'8 senior averaged 21.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 60 percent from the floor.
Loving joins Jon Diebler in 2007, William Buford in 2008 and Jared Sullinger in both 2009 and 2010, as Mr. Basketball's who have signed with Matta. Jamar Butler in 2004, was Mr. Basketball as well, and played for Matta for his entire Ohio State career but when Butler signed, Jim O'Brien was Buckeye coach.