Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Bob Huggins

On Jason Bennett...

“I thought he was active tonight. That’s what we’ve been trying to do get him active and keep people off of him so he can make plays. (I was pleased) when he blocked the dunk after the guy went by him and he recovered and blocked the shot sometimes he doesn’t react and go attack the ball. We’re trying to get him to be more consistent with his effort and getting to the ball. You can’t make plays if you can’t get to the ball.”


On not playing down to Chicago State’s level...

“I talked to them before (and after) we had the walk-thru this team played New Mexico State pretty tough both times, they had Oral Roberts on the ropes, they were leading at Michigan State, they played Wichita State really tough, and they beat UTEP. This is a team that is capable. Kevin (Jones) does a great job of trying to frustrate you. They run clock, play with the ball, they make you chase, they lift you and it opens up dribble penetration. I thought it was good for us to have to guard dribble penetration, to have to be able to get the help.

 

“I thought our guys did a really good job. I was pleased with the way we defended. I look out there and it’s a totally different team than it was against William & Mary when we were bumping into each other. I thought we did a good job today of sticking to our principles. If you stick by your principles and trust your teammates then you can do the things we ask you to do. There is trust involved, and I think we’re getting more trust in our teammates.”

 

On David Hoskins’ recent play...

“I think he passed the ball great today. I thought he was really unselfish, really saw the floor, passed the ball great. Cartier was on the receiving end of a lot of those. Dave is our best passer. We just have to get him to not take as many chances as he takes sometimes. He’s our best passer and see’s the floor better than anybody. He’s rebounded the ball better than anybody and he has rebounded the ball better (overall). Dave’s a smart kid. He understands that we need that. We’ve got to have that from him.”

 

On Cartier Martin not starting...

“It depends on the match-ups. It’s not a big deal. People make it more of a deal than it really is. It used to be, when you played only five guys, a big deal. We don’t play just five guys and if you look at his minutes he and Dave have played as many minutes as anybody. It’s about being on the floor, being productive, and playing minutes.”