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Later, Matta said he didn’t see the actual expectoration. He also said it is frightening when an opposing team gets caught in a crush of opposing fans.

“You know, it is a little bit scary,” he said. “What is it, the SEC has the rule where you get fined if you storm the court? But there’s also an element of, it’s college athletics and the incident. … I mean, what are you going to do?”

Sullinger was not made available to speak to reporters on Monday.

Ohio State guard Jon Diebler was also enveloped by the onrushing crowd and had some difficulty getting out of the crush and into the locker room.

“It was hard to get out, that’s for sure,” he said on Monday.

Asked about the spitting incident, he added, “It’s unfortunate that things like that would go on. I don’t know what, I don’t know if it really happened _ obviously I don’t think Jared would lie about it. But I didn’t see anything. It’s unfortunate something like that happens. Especially with college students.”

Matta said he was pleased with how Sullinger was handling the whole thing.

“I think he’s been great,” he said. “I found out I think when we got back to Columbus that it had happened. The things that people yell at you when you’re walking off the court, that sort of stuff, that’s just part of it. Really nothing you can do. I mean, they buy their tickets, they can yell or say or chant whatever they want to.”

The Ohio State football team has had problems in the past with Wisconsin fans at Camp Randall Stadium hurling coins at them. Some have said they were pelted with marshmallows with coins shoved inside them.

Matta shrugged.

“Those things happen. It was a crazy environment, which was great for college basketball, for their fans and that sort of stuff,” he said. “You don’t want stuff like that to happen, but you can’t do anything about it.”

The teams meet again on March 6, this time on the Buckeyes’ home court.

As Sullinger put it on his Twitter account: “More fuel to the fire”


AP Sports Writer Colin Fly in Madison, Wis., contributed to this report.