Q&A: Ohio State's Greg Oden

Published: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 8:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 8:37 p.m.

Ohio State All-American freshman center Greg Oden answers questions during Sunday's news conferences inside Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

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Ohio State center Greg Oden listens to a reporter's question a during a press conference at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Sunday. Ohio State will play Florida in the Final Four basketball championship on Monday.

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Q. Greg, what is the biggest difference in your game right now compared to the December game against Florida? I don't know if it's just a matter of health or comfort because you'd only been playing just a few games at that point.

A: Just being more in shape, being able to feel comfortable with my teammates ícause back then I was just getting involved with the offense and my teammates getting used to me being out there on the floor. Now we've been out there for a while, I feel more comfortable with them. I'm just in better basketball shape.

Q. Are you glad you had this game against Florida in December? Does that make you more understanding of what they're about? Does that prepare you better at least?

A: Yeah, being able to play against a team more than once, that's going to help you out a lot because you get to see firsthand what they do and what their strengths and weaknesses are.

Q: Can you talk about Joakim Noah, his personality and abilities?

A: He's confident. He's a confident player and it shows, especially on the basketball court. He takes the blows and he plays tough. He is just very confident and he backs it up.

Q: Talk about your college experience and the potential for you leaving for the NBA.

A: I'm enjoying school right now. I'm enjoying college right now. It's a great experience to have, especially when you put (playing for a national title) into the equation. I enjoy my teammates and my classes aren't that tough. I'm having fun in college and Ohio State is a great school.

Q: Ohio State is the No. 1-ranked team but perceived as an underdog against Florida. Talk about that.

A: I don't understand it personally. I don't know how you can finish the season as the No. 1 team but not be considered the best team. But that's how they chose it and we just have to let that play to our advantage.

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