Ohio State’s defense delivered. Even after losing three of their final four games before the start of the NCAA Tournament, the Buckeyes stepped up on that end of the floor and defeated Loyola Chicago 54-41.

That victory puts the seventh-seeded Buckeyes into the Round of 32 where they’ll play No. 2 seed Villanova with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line.

The return of Kyle Young and Zed Key were undoubtedly huge factors in Ohio State’s 13-point win on Friday. The Buckeyes had struggled defensively without those two on the floor — especially Young’s style of play.

On Saturday, head coach Chris Holtmann met with the media to talk about Sunday’s Round of 32 matchup against Villanova. He knows the defensive effort needs to continue to be there and that his team needs to shoot better from the floor for a chance to win.

Here’s what Holtmann had to say on Saturday: