Kansas State Player Quotes

Guard Jacob Pullen

On a tough day shooting the ball...

“I had a lot of them go in and out, and there’s not much I can do about that. It wasn’t just me; a lot of us had that tonight. No one got into a rhythm and shot the ball extremely well like we’ve done the last couple of games.”

 

On Blake Griffin’s game...

In the first half, he was effective. We knew he (Blake Griffin) was going to get his touches and his looks around the basket. We just really wanted to contain everybody else on the team and make them have to create shots for themselves. Sometimes we would double Blake (Griffin) and make them hit open shots. I thought we did that pretty well. He got some calls and finished some and-one’s that came from rebounds that if we could have got, the game could have turned into an up tempo game and could have changed things.”

 

On the last five minutes of the first half...

“They went to a one-three-one and that forced a few turnovers in a row, and that really caught us off guard. We didn’t prepare for that, and we didn’t have it on film or anything. When they went to the one-three-one, it created turnovers and easy layups for them which led to them gaining the lead before halftime. There is no reason for us to turn the ball over that much as a team, and we had a lot of them tonight. We have to learn from our mistakes.”

 

On the difficulty of adjusting during the game...

“It is tough. You can prepare for a team and you think you know what they’re going to do but then they come out with a few twists on offense and defense that we haven’t seen. Defensively, we focused in on their two-two-one zone, two-three zone, and full court pressure. That one-three-one they showed us, we didn’t have any steps for it at the time, so we just had to go off of instinct.”

 

Forward Darren Kent

On Blake Griffin...

“He is very good. He kind of reminds me of Mike (Beasley) last year with the versatility that he has. Like Jacob (Pullen) said, he’s worked on his face-up game and it’s really improved, and he finishes his moves down low. He is pretty big, so it’s tough to stick a body on him and shove him out of the lane. If you do, he’ll knock down a few jumpers. We knew going in that he was a very versatile player so we needed to try to slow him down as well as the rest of the team.”

 

On early foul trouble...

“We had a good rhythm going early, good tempo, and we were real excited to get out there and play. I picked up those two early fouls which drained me a little bit because it was obviously discouraging. That threw a little damper on our game plan. We have guys coming off the bench, like Jamar (Samuels) and Ron (Anderson) that can step up and help us, but with Jamar (Samuels) getting in foul trouble,  too, it’s tough to stick with the game plan.”

 

On Blake Griffin’s number...

“We made him take some tough shots in the first half. He was getting a little frustrated because we started doubling him which created a few turnovers. Unfortunately, in the second half, he played really well. He’s a really good player, and he found ways to score the ball.”