Coach Frank Martin Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin

 

On K-State’s defense tonight...

“It (the defense) was back to where it was a majority of the season. That’s how we’ve got to play. Unfortunately, we played just like that against Oklahoma, but we just didn’t make a plethora of threes like we did tonight. When you play good teams, you can press as hard as you want, but if the ball doesn’t go in the basket, it’s hard to win. That game (against Oklahoma), because of our youth, we got punched in the mouth. We came out the next round and got punched in the mouth again and we were a little staggered. We had to gather our senses and I’m just happy for our kids because I know how hard they work every day in practice for us. As young as we are, they’ve continued to believe and continued to work and I’m just happy that we could come out and play the way we played here tonight.”

 

On the pace of the game...

“That’s how we’re going to play. I guess some people believe in changing styles depending on the opponent. I believe in having a foundation and having what you do and you stick to it and you go out and do it. Our whole secret is that we need to continue to grow as a team.  Offensively, I think we’re getting better. I could be wrong, but I think we’re getting better. Against Baylor, I thought offensively we played halfway decent. We just didn’t defend. We just didn’t have that energy to go defend. Dominique Sutton was phenomenal today. He had eight and eight and he was just all over the place on the glass and defensively. When he’s like that, it allows Denis (Clemente) and Jake (Pullen) and everyone else to be that much better defensively. That’s what we do. I don’t believe in half-court basketball. I know it works for some people and I totally respect that, but I just like the up-tempo game.”

 

On the team’s shooting...

“It (improved shooting) started in the Baylor game. We started to hit some shots and I thought we played halfway decent offensively. Then we go into Colorado and I thought we played very well against Colorado. When we came in the last two days of practice, we were just making shot after shot. I wanted to get upset with the defense, because we were making so many shots, but in reality, the offense was just playing really well. That just carried right into this game. I felt good about our team coming into this game today. Our confidence level was very good.”

 

On the importance of the win against Colorado...

“It’s important. Losing is not good. Losing breaks your team apart. It’s adversity. Let’s face it, the only way to grow is going through adversity. When we go through adverse times, we’ve got two choices.  We either deal with it, learn from it and get better, or we run away from it. And that’s a guy that’s never going to get better. Our spirit was shaken.  We got hit pretty hard. Just figuring out a way to win at Colorado, gave us the confidence that we needed to go out and win today. These kids practice hard every day. I have zero complaints about our basketball team’s approach to work and practice. It was just a matter of us going through adverse situations.”