Ohio State Coach Thad Matta Prepares For Final Four Trip.

Thad Matta makes his way out of Value City Arena after a recent victory over Penn State. Matta is readying OSU for its first Final Four since 2007.(Photo: Steve Brown, WOSU News)
Thad Matta makes his way out of Value City Arena after a recent victory over Penn State. Matta is readying OSU for its first Final Four since 2007.(Photo: Steve Brown, WOSU News)

Ohio State returns to college basketball’s Final Four this week-end in New Orleans. Coach Thad Matta says he’ll allow some time to enjoy the experience after OSU’s quick exit in 2007.

“The one thing I would like to do at some point is take a deep breath and take five minutes and look around, and enjoy. Be it on the plane ride down, look back at the plane and see the players back there and grasp completely where they’ve put us at this point in the season.”

Ohio State plays Kansas in a national semi-final on Saturday. Its OSU’s third trip to the Final Four since 1999.

Matta says he took nothing for granted this year even as the team shared the Big Ten title and won games over Duke and Florida.

“I’ll be honest with you, I realized the team could reach the Final Four when there was 1.6 seconds to go and we were up by seven and Syracuse had the ball out of bounds. Because you can’t take anything for granted in today’s day and age.”

Ohio State defeated Syracuse to win its 11th trip overall to the Final Four.

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