Iowa State Quotes

Head Coach Greg McDermott

On Iowa State’s game...

“I didn’t like our effort. I thought at times we were selfish and for the most part showed little passion. That can’t be what we are about. I thought that we really made strides in that regard. We’ll get back to work on that tomorrow in practice after we get the heck out of Kansas. It’s been a tough week.”

 

On K-State freshman Michael Beasley ...

“He is a talent. That is stating the obvious but we had a defense designed to try and slow him down and there was no slowing him down. He is just too gifted both on the boards and facing the basket and we had no answer for it.

 

“We were trying to keep it out of his hands but 21 shots in 22 minutes isn’t exactly a great job of keeping it out of his hands. Part of it is that he goes and gets the ball on the offensive glass. He uses his body extremely well to shield the defenders and make sure he gets the ball in his hands. I thought that he was good on tape, he was even better in person.

 

“He is a physical specimen. He anticipates the ball coming off of the rim, he’s a phenomenal rebounder. He is the best college basketball player that I have seen.”

 

On K-State matchup with No. 2 Kansas on Wednesday...

“It’s hard to compare their different styles. They are both very talented, obviously. There are several players that are going to be playing at the next level and have great careers at the next level. I think it is going to be a great basketball game.”

 

Junior Guard Sean Haluska

On Iowa State’s performance tonight...

“We learned a lot of lessons tonight; we learned about where we need to be as a team. We didn’t rebound very well. We need to start boxing out a little better, they outrebounded us by a lot. As a team we need to get tougher and get better at that.”

 

On his recent shooting performance...

“It is always frustrating in a game when you miss shots that you are making in practice. It was a totally different ball game when you step on the floor. I don’t feel any different when I step out on the court, but I missed around 20 in a row. I just have to move on now. I need to help the team out any way possible by knocking down open shots, hitting open guys down low, and getting the ball to people who are hitting shots.”