Opponent Player Quotes

Nebraska Coach Doc Sadler
On his thoughts of the game...
"Going into this game, I knew that (K-State coach) Huggins was known for his defense and that this was going to be tough ballgame to get any kind of baskets. We’re a good defensive team, too. I knew you were going to have two teams who were going to make every opportunity difficult. They shot 32 percent and we shot 36 percent. A lot of it was decided at the free throw line. They made 26 free throws and we made five. You can’t give a team 26 free throws. They had one field goal in the last nine-and-a-half minutes."

On the play of junior forward Aleks Maric...
"As I told our team, we have to have some guys step up. Aleks Maric is the guy that has to carry us. He’s there every night. Everybody knows he’s there every night. He’s a much better player than he played offensively tonight. Defensively, I thought it was one of his better games. We’re asking him to do so much, but he’s good enough to give that to us."

On K-State’s defense...
"That’s what Huggins demands. I think when looking at his teams in the past, it’s not just us. Look at the percentages that everybody is shooting against them. As a coach, when you hold a team to 32 percent and he holds us to 36 percent, both coaches defensively better be pretty happy. We aren’t going to hold many people under 32 percent. We have to find a way to score."

Junior Center Aleks Maric
On K-State’s defense...
"(Kansas State) switched up a lot. They doubled and pressured every position. It was to get accustomed to their defense."

On Nebraska’s defense...
"I think you have to play as close to perfect as possible to have a chance to win the game. It’s tough, but you have to do it. Nothing in life is easy, but when you want something, you have to do it."

On the change of Kansas State under Bob Huggins...
"It’s very different. Obviously, they have a big fire under them with Coach Huggins here. They are playing great defense, hustling, are very physical. It’s a big change for them. Obviously, the crowd levels are up and everything is going great for the K-State program."

Freshman Guard Ryan Anderson
On playing in close games...
"In a game close like this, you have to play a perfect game. You can’t afford to make errors the margin of error is slim."

On the crowd...
"It’s the same everywhere you go the crowd is crazy. You have to play through a lot of things, not just the players or the physicalness; you also have to deal with the crowd. You have to be a little rowdy playing in an environment like this."