After Wisconsin toppled top-ranked Ohio State last month, Buckeyes star freshman Jared Sullinger claimed someone spit on him during the postgame celebration when Badgers fans rushed the court.
In response to the allegation, Ryan said on the coaches' teleconference: "There is absolutely nothing that has come to my attention. All I know is, we won the game. Deal with it."
"Deal With It," as it turns out, became the rallying cry for Ohio State fans during the Buckeyes' 93-65 rout of Wisconsin on Sunday.
Thad Matta said he talked to Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan before Sunday's game about his "all I know is we won the game, deal with it," quote and Matta and Ryan both agreed that Ryan was directing his comment at the media to "deal with it," not anyone else.
But that was Ohio State that put together a pregame video presentation that ended with "Deal With It." I think it's very safe to say that both "Deal With It" and the win mattered very much to OSU's star freshman.
Sullinger's older brother, former Buckeye J.J. Sullinger, was among the fans chanting "Deal With It" at the Badgers as they left the court. Sullinger's father, Satch, held one of the towels aloft during the postgame celebration on the court.
Ryan didn't think the towels had much of an effect on the game, according to the Associated Press.
Asked after the game about the towels, Ryan said, "What towels? ... I know one thing, towels didn't blow the ball in on all those 3s."