Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin

 On holding Savannah State to four points in the second half...

“I have never been a part of it. At the high school level, one year a team scored two points in the first quarter and eight in the (first) half.”

 

On why the defense excelled...

“I think we forced them into perimeter shots rather than interior shots, and (Savannah State) is not a high percentage perimeter shooting team. In the second half we did a better job of rebounding the ball on the defensive end. It was a collective thing. It wasn’t Mike (Beasley) with 26 rebounds, it was a collective thing. I think we had two guys with eight rebounds and one with seven and Mike (Beasley) with 10.”

 

On K-State’s first half play...

“We were just sloppy. I don’t know what word to use. Brad Underwood earned his check today at halftime. He went in there and he was unbelievable, just in relaying his message. He was the scout, he was the one in charge of preparing our team for playing today. He made sure we did a little better in the second half.”

 

On what improvements the team needs to make before conference play

“Guarding the basketball. We get beat on dribble penetration sometimes. It’s not because we can’t do it, but we get caught standing around. In any sport you play, it’s a game of balance, and when you stand around, you’re out of balance. It’s harder to cover when you get caught off balance.”

 

On Jacob Pullen’s play...

“I thought he probably played his best game since (the Old Spice Classic) in Orlando. He had five assists, one turnover, and he pressured the heck out of their point guard. He had their point guards dribbling the ball on the half court line. We’ve been on him about being a point guard. I told him on the bench I said do you realize you haven’t made a field goal all game, and you’ve probably played the best game you’ve played in a long time.’ He’s a great kid.”