Kansas State Quotes

Kansas State vs. Texas

K-State Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin

On what this win means to him…

“To me, it means that we won a game on January 18th. I do not mean to be silly about it, but we do not get parades this time of year. I am proud of our kids and I am proud of our assistants. We are a united group of people in our office, and it has been like that since day one. That united group that we have in our office has permeated into our locker room. Those kids that we recruited, and those kids that said they wanted to go to school here. The whole thought process from day one was to play in these types of games. These games are not meaningful when you are 6-6 and playing the No. 1 team in the country. It is still an opportunity for us to take advantage of. Brad Underwood had the Colorado scout and the Texas scout. Dalonte (Hill) and Matt (Figger) had to help him, because we had to be prepared. After the Colorado game was finished, it has been an intense session for us coaches so that we could prepare a game plan to give to the kids. Our guys were phenomenal in the way that they understood the way that we wanted them to do things. They went out and played their hearts out.”

 

On the post play…

“They were great. Jamar (Samuels) is a sophomore, Curtis (Kelly) has not played basketball for three years, and they both played with a lot of passion tonight. I have been on Jamar’s rear-end for about three weeks now, because he is averaging less than two defensive rebounds a game. That was a big-boy game today, and he grabbed eight defensive rebounds. It needs to be every day, not every once in a while. We sat down two years ago and said, ‘If we want to beat the big boys in this league, we have got to have great front-line play.’ Luis Colon played his heart out today. He gave us 18 minutes of great basketball. Wally (Judge) did not have great numbers, but he played at a high level when he was in the game.”

 

On the play of Rodney McGruder…

“It has been coming with him. He was overwhelmed in early December, like most freshmen are, by the intensity of practice. He was overwhelmed by going against Dominique Sutton and Jacob Pullen every day and getting embarrassed. He took great strides over Christmas break, like a lot of our freshmen did. That is two games in a row where Rodney has done a heck-of-a job for us defensively.”

 

Kansas State Player Quotes

Sophomore Forward Jamar Samuels

On his performance…

My mom just had surgery and I told myself that I would dedicate this game for her. Before the game Luis (Colon) told me that one of his friends was just shot so I just played my butt off and it showed in the outcome.”

 

Junior Guard Jacob Pullen

On team’s focus…

It was just amazing. Honestly, I was more worried about us playing Colorado then us playing Texas tonight because everyone was looking forward to Texas and everyone was really amped up. You have the No. 1 team in the nation coming into our gym, so I did not want people to overlook Colorado.”

 

Junior Forward Curtis Kelly

On beating the top-ranked team…

“It is a dream, I owe it to my teammates. The reason why this game touches me so much is because I came from nothing. I transferred schools and it was so tough being there (Connecticut). I was always so down and sad. Then to come here and contribute and be a part of a family and win against the No. 1 team in the country is a dream come true.”

 

On fewer team fouls…

“I think I just focused on if Damion James gets the ball, I am going to keep my hands off of him and make him shoot over my length. In my mind I thought, ‘I am not going to put my hands on him or try to bump him.’ Against Dexter Pittman, I just worked.”