Kansas State Head Coach Frank Martin Quotes

On the game...
“Anytime you win on the road, you should be excited.  Road wins are never easy, I don’t care what assumption you might make, it’s never easy.  Let alone we’re as young as we are, we are somewhat fragile. We played like a team that wasn’t sure how to win the game. For us to overcome all the mistakes that wouldn’t allow us to solidify the win gives credit to these kids.”

 

On allowing Colorado back into the game...
“They just stopped running our offense. They just put their heads down and drove the basketball. After the Oklahoma game we were the best defensive team in the Big 12.  And since the Oklahoma game we’ve become the worst defensive team in the Big 12. That’s what happens when you kind of lose your swagger. And that’s been kind of what’s been happening to us. Hopefully this win allows us to get that excitement back; to get back to what we do what we do when we’re good.”

 

On the play of Denis Clemente...
“The responsibility of winning is square on Denis’ shoulders.  That’s the first experience for him in college basketball.  He’s never dealt with that before. Before it was if he gets in he gets in, and if he doesn’t, so be it.  Before it wasn’t so much on his shoulders.  He’s been willing to accept that responsibility. And now the game is starting to slow down for him. He’s starting to be able to relax and play to his abilities. Outside of his shot he shot with something like 20 seconds left to go in the shot clock; outside of that I thought he played a great floor game in the second half. Denis is a big boy.  This is his fourth year in college.  He’s a kid that started for two years in the ACC.  That’s what you need from your experienced players.  He doesn’t need me telling him he didn’t play well.”

 

On the play of Jacob Pullen... 
“Jake is like the rest of them.  They’re young kids; they’re fragile.  Obviously this is the best he’s played in a month.  All of a sudden we take the lead and he just kind of gets relaxed, like he doesn’t know what to do now.  And in the second half he did the same thing. When it was 60-48 or something like that, he just relaxed, and started making turnovers.  That’s part of his growth process.  That roller coaster of emotions that he experiences as a player; then make that driving runner that he made at the end of the shot clock: I think that’s going to help him kind of settle down and be excited about playing.”

 

On any extra importance on the game... 
“Road wins are road wins. I don’t care who it’s against.  I don’t care how, if, and, or but.  Kansas came in here and they’re up six at the half.  Sherron Collins jumped up and made three consecutive threes, and popped the game open.  Then all those young kids relaxed and made plays.  We kind of did the same thing today.  The difference is that we were so fragile mentally that we didn’t know how to finish the game.  Once that game got into overtime, and to be able to figure out a way to win the game; and for Jacob [Pullen] to make that play; and Darren Kent to be able to make those two free throws; those are the things you need to get your team feeling good about itself.”

 

On his young team... 
“I don’t care what a team is, but when you got as many young kids as we got, and all of a sudden you get hit in the mouth five consecutive times, you have to step back and gather your senses, you have to punch back or else they’re going to keep hitting you.  I saw that happen during the course of the game.  We continued to play well, then we weren’t sure what to do then we would make mistakes.”