Coach Frank Martin Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin

On LaceDarius Dunn and Curtis Jerrells’  performances...

“Credit to him (Dunn), he made those shots. One thing that you can’t do against Baylor is get down. I don’t mean down by six or seven points, I mean get down big like we did.  (Curtis) Jerrells is so good. You can’t speed him up, you can’t get him into areas of the floor where you can trap him or get him in trouble. He gets the ball where it needs to be. He’s a senior guard who is one of the better players in this league. As the game evolved, we had to start chasing him a little more than I wanted to and he made us pay for it. It’s a credit to him for being the guard that he is and a credit to LaceDarius (Dunn) for knocking down those shots.”

 

On Baylor’s ability to hold the lead...

“That’s what they do. That’s how they play. They are very aggressive offensively and they get a lead and then (Curtis) Jerrells controls the game and he gets guys open shots. It’s a credit to him and a credit to them that they step up and make their shots.”

 

On K-State’s poor shooting performance...

“I thought we started the game off well. That’s the first time we’ve played with any kind of enthusiasm since the Oklahoma game. I thought we started the game well. At one time we were three for 16 or something like that and eventually it caught up to us. Baylor is going to score points. When you play them, they’re going to score, that’s one thing that’s constant. You just got to make sure you take advantage of your good opportunities and we did not do that.”

 

On Baylor’s early offensive rebounds...

“They just beat us. They were more physical and desired the basketball a little more than our guys did during that stretch early in the game. It takes maximum effort to beat the good teams. Right now we are searching our souls a little bit to rediscover ourselves. We need some good things to happen and the only way good things happen is by working and competing. As a coach, I was pleased to see us play with some enthusiasm and some passion, which is something I hadn’t seen us play with since the Oklahoma game.”

 

On where the team is emotionally...

“We’re scarred. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that we’re not. That’s where I come in to play. If at any time I’m scarred or I hang my head, then those poor kids in that locker room don’t have a chance. We lost four games in a row last year at the end of the season. The difference there is that we had two senior guards in Blake Young and Clent Stewart who wouldn’t let that team fall apart and they helped me. And then you had Bill Walker. He was the personality that really helped that team go forward. Denis is really trying to be that person for us this year and we need to follow his energy.”

 

On whether or not Colorado is a must win game...

“No. I think for the health of the team it would be good to win a game. The only game you must win is when you’re facing elimination, because then you’re season is over. That’s the day when you don’t get to come back to work the next day and get better. That’s the must win in college basketball, that day when you know the next day there is no practice and there are no games. “