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“He said he just didn’t feel right,” Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said.

It was Shurna who hit that last-second shot _ actually a fallaway 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left _ to beat the Buckeyes the last time they went to Evanston, Ill. Carmody said at Friday’s practice that Shurna’s availability would be determined on Saturday.

In a year of upsets in the Big Ten, Matta doesn’t have to remind his players about what happens on a night when one team overlooks another, or when the underdog has a hot hand.

“We appreciate it,” shooting guard William Buford said of the Buckeyes’ perfect record. “If we didn’t appreciate it, I think we would stop working as hard as we are right now. We’d just be complacent. But we’re not doing that.”

Matta did a round of media interviews by telephone on Thursday. What he heard back from reporters was how good his team is, how invincible they should be against certain teams. Then he met with his players and warned them not to fall for any of it.

“It’s one of those things that that comes with the territory and you’d better handle it,” he said. “I said, ‘We can’t change who we are. Let’s just be who we are, have a good practice and get ready for Northwestern.’ I think they understand what I’m saying.”

(This version CORRECTS UPDATES with Shurna as game-day decision; corrects to Deshaun Thomas instead of Coleman.)