CHICAGO — Ohio State defeated Minnesota on Thursday to advance to the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, but the victory was extra meaningful because it was coach Thad Matta‘s 298th as a Buckeye, making him the school’s all-time winningest coach.
At his postgame press conference, Matta handed out a few acknowledgements in regards to his milestone. First he thanked his first senior class at Ohio State of Matt Marinchick, Tony Stockman, and Brandon Fuss-Cheatham.
“They kind of helped us set the tone,” Matta said.
The coach also gave a very heartfelt thank you to his family. Everyone knows the life of a Division I college basketball can make it difficult for a man to be a good husband and father at times.
“They’re the ones that have suffered the things that I can’t do as a father, I can’t do as a husband” Matta said. “And they’ve never wavered. I have some really, really bad days in terms of coming home after games and they’ve got to help me get my shoes and socks off. For them to stay the course with me, it means a heck of a lot more to me for them than it does for myself.”
Matta will go for win No. 299 Friday when the sixth-seeded Buckeyes face the No. 3 seed Michigan State Spartans.