Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

K-State Head Coach Frank Martin

On preparing for Big 12 games...

“Any time you compete for a championship, the next game on the schedule is the biggest game of the year. As long as you approach it that way, you have a chance. We were pretty good about approaching it that way coming into today’s game. This conference is a monster, it’s just absurd how difficult it is to win in this conference. The venues that you play in, the coaches, the teams I’ve said it since the day that I got hired, in my first press conference, I’ve been in the Big East and in Conference USA this conference is just so much more difficult. Any conference that has Bob Knight, Bill Self and Rick Barnes as its feature coaches like we have in this league, three guys that have won at a high level in other BCS conferences, shows you the level of basketball we have here in the Big 12.”

 

On the team improving in the second portion of the first half...

“I thought we defended real well buzzer to buzzer in that first half. We shot some early threes that we didn’t need to shoot. We didn’t talk about doing that. I don’t know if it’s just jitters or what it may be, but once we got those three or four bad threes of our shoulders we settled down and played offensively the way we talked about playing. Luckily for us we made shots. When you make shots and you defend hard and rebound, which I thought we did today, it’s something that’s hard to deal with.”

 

On Michael Beasley’s performance...

“He’s great. I wouldn’t have sat here back in September and told you guys that he’s special if I didn’t think he was special. He’s a tough kid. He’s a heck of a competitor. He’s got a great desire to be coached and he’s competitive. He’s very intelligent, he really understands how to play. I don’t say stuff I don’t mean. Was I going to predict that he was going to be unbelievable, the way that he’s been? No, but I knew he was good. I’ve been around good players and knew he was good.”

 

On having the poor practices this week...

“Everybody that plays us, in the last 10 or 11 games, has gone out of their way to make it hard for him. Early in the year we didn’t understand how to continue playing when teams made it hard for him. Now we’re getting a better understanding. He’s getting a better understanding of getting double and triple teamed by college players people who are as big and as strong as he is. The rest of our guys have a better understanding of what to do. Early in the year we’d pass it to him and stand around. Well, we don’t do that anymore. It’s important that we continue to learn, continue to get better. He’s starting to understand that every time we play, they’re going to try and come at him, to take him out of it. It’s up to us as coaches to continue to develop different ways to get him in areas where he’s good at scoring the ball, in different schemes.”     

 

On the ever-improving play of Jacob Pullen and Darren Kent...

“They’re battlers. We’ve talked about Jake. Darren, going into the Wagner game, was playing his rear end off and then had a severely jammed thumb during that game. Then he couldn’t catch the ball. Darren is a young man that brings a skill level to our basketball team. He gives us another guy in there that can catch, pass and make it difficult for people because he can shoot the basketball. Now, he’s starting to practice well and obviously he’s gone in games and had some success. He’s a human being, he’s not that 12th guy that sits in the corner on the bench now and hopes that we win by 30 so he can get in for the last 30 seconds. He’s got confidence about what he’s all about and what we’re all about and he’s playing that way.”

 

On if the team rebounded well...

“As a team we did. Mike (Beasley), Bill (Walker) had nine, Ron (Anderson) had seven in his minutes. It was team effort. When we’re good we shoot free throws and we rebound the basketball.”