Coach Frank Martin Quotes

On the low scoring game...

 

“As tired as we were, I knew we had no chance to play in the 80s. I said after the Texas game that they’re the most physical team I’ve ever coached against. That game took a toll on us physically. Our guys were tired. But, it’s not like Iowa State took a short cut. They played the same days we played. We’re both in the same boat. I think they’re coming off the Oklahoma game and they’re very physical too. It was just one of those old fashioned club it out games and see who survives. I’m just proud of our guys for doing it.”

 

On whether the team suffered a letdown after the Texas game...

 

“There was no letdown in our guys. We played an old Texas team that was grown men. We went out there and we dealt with their physicality and tried to match it. That’s why we won that game. We came home beat up. Denis Clemente was beat up. Darren Kent, I couldn’t be more proud of him to come out and play the way he did. Jamar Samuels was beat up. That’s what happens to young kids when they end up in a big time college basketball game and they’re not used to how strong and physical those kinds of games are. We found a will and that’s one thing this team has. That’s why when we were 0-4, I didn’t lose faith in those guys in that locker room. I understand how hard they work on a daily basis.”

 

On whether or not the team lost faith after the 0-4 start to conference play...

 

“I think our spirit was broken. You know that your team is losing faith when your work habits and your practices start struggling. That never changed for us. That’s just a young team learning how to play in the Big 12, which is just a bear of a conference. It’s just one of those things, we need guys to lead us. That’s where guys like Darren Kent, Denis Clemente and Curtis Kelly come in. Curtis Kelly has just been phenomenal for us in practice. He’s a guy that’s been through the ropes. He’s a guy that understands. Those three guys have been good. Everybody expects Dominique Sutton and Jamar Samuels to be 20 (points) and 10 (rebounds) guys. They’re both freshman (in terms of college basketball experience). Dominique showed moments in the second half where you could see that he’s going to be a special player for us. We as coaches have to do a better job of involving him in what we do offensively. He’s too talented. I think we’ve done a better job in utilizing Denis’ (Clemente) talents with what we’re doing offensively. I think we’ve done a better job involving Jacob Pullen with what we’re doing offensively. Now we’ve got to do a better job of getting Dominique involved offensively. That’s our job as coaches. “