Texas Quotes

Kansas State vs. Texas
Texas Postgame Quotes
Head Coach Rick Barnes

Opening Statement…

“This is really good for K-State. I have been in the league for 12 years, I have been here when it wasn’t that good and you just have to feel good for Frank Martin. I think he is a guy that has had to do it the hard way and he has done a great job here. Since he has been here he has been pretty good and not just this year. I don’t want to say anything to take away from them (K-State) but we are a good basketball team.  At halftime I said this game was not over and we came out and shot ourselves in the foot with some turnovers you can’t have and we missed some layups at the rim. Overall we missed some point blank layups so we got to make some finishes. We knew their front court was going to rebound and we had our hands on a number of balls that we didn’t secure and they were able to come up with them and finish it.  The free throw line killed us. We knew that we hadn’t been a great free throw shooting team all year. And when you’re down like we were, you’ve got to convert those. Defensively, we’ve been pretty good these last two games and I think we played well enough defensively to win this game tonight. But offensively, the last two games have hurt us. It’s my fault and you can’t blame anybody but me because I’m in charge. We are a good team and we will bounce back.”

 

On the crowd…

“I had great respect for the old Big 8. I grew up in ACC country, in North Carolina and I know that the old Big 8 was a great basketball league. A year ago at Nebraska, there was a great crowd, Kansas obviously. I think it was a great college crowd but I thought our guys handled that. The way we started the game, I didn’t think we were intimidated in any way. I think we have the best league in the country and I’ve said all year long that Kansas State is a Top-10 team. I love the way they play. They play hard, they’re going to come after you, and they’re not going to make it easy on you. Again, the crowd was great. Every time I come up here, I’m impressed with the people, they love their team. Coming up in this part of the country, people really love their basketball. I never come up to a place in the old Big 8 conference and had someone be rude to me. I walked out to do my show after the game and everyone was very polite. And again, I have great respect for this part of the country and the style of basketball they play up here.”

 

On defensive play tonight …

“We are a very good defensive team. We have got some guys that can lock in on their guard. We knew that was a big part of it when we look at what they (K-State) do. We were really try to take that away from them and wanted some of their other guys to score. We gave them too many easy baskets. We have some guys that worked hard and we have some very good defensive guards.”


Texas Player Quotes
Senior Forward Damion James

On if this was the most physical team Texas has played…

“No it wasn’t. We played games against North Carolina and Michigan State. Those guys are physical as well. I don’t think this team was more physical than any other teams.”

 

On the No. 1 ranking…

I think that by being Texas you have a big target on your back, no matter if you are No. 1 or No. 10. So I guess they came out and played hard. It was kind of going back and forth, and then they took off. They came out at halftime and made a good run. It was a frustrating night for me personally because I know this team allows me to do so much and I didn’t come through tonight.”