K-State Player Quotes

Sophomore guard Jacob Pullen

On the team’s slow start...

“It was not as much as a hangover compared to our bodies being tired. We went 10 consecutive days without a day to rest. Going on the road, then coming back, then on the road, and now back is tough for us as we have a lot of guys without much experience.  With this being the first go around, it is tough to have everybody wake up and be excited at the first jump. We started off the game pretty slow, but I think we finished strong. Coach walked into the locker room at half and told our bigs they did not post, rebound, or do anything worthy of staying on the floor. He said we should have played all guards out there. They took that challenge, came out and got every rebound, challenged Brackins to tough shots and did everything we could ask of from them. They ran, set great screens, and gave Denis (Clemente) and me looks in transition.”

 

On K-State’s defensive game plan...

“We wanted to really extend and get them out of their step. After watching a lot of fun, we saw they ran a lot of sets to get (Craig) Brackins the ball. They also do a really good job of putting shooters around him and making sure the team is spaced out. We wanted to pressure them and get Brackins off the block so when he did make a move, we could help and turn him over a few times. We really did that well and did not let them take good shots.”

 

On the team’s current attitude...

“We were a young team as we started off with four losses and two of them by double-digits. As a young team we looked at ourselves and thought we were pretty good because we were beating a lot of teams at the beginning of the year. To lose those four games in a row brought us back down to earth. After we got hungry again, we came out and became a different team focused back onto defense, pressuring teams, forcing turnovers, and taking charges.

 

On the team’s goal for the rest of the season...

“We want to finish in the top three of the conference. We feel as a team that we can finish anywhere from 12-4 to 10-6. I feel a record like one of those two can get us in the top three and sneak into the NCAA tournament anywhere from a 6 to a 12 seed. Being in the top three of the Big 12 with Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri would really show something about our team.”

 

Sophomore forward Dominique Sutton

On the team’s defense...

“We played aggressive on the ball. We started a little sluggish, but picked it up in the end. The defense starts with me. Once I pick my energy up, it feeds off to everybody else. I came out a little slow, but Frank (Martin) got into me and I got myself going with the last 9 minutes in the first half.”

 

On the team’s recent success...

“Everyone on the team is playing with a lot more confidence. Frank is letting us play and we are not afraid of making mistakes now. We now get back on the defensive end and get the ball back. I think that is why we have won the past four games. In the games we lost, we came in nervous as a lot of us did not know anything about the Big 12. Now that we are eight games into the Big 12, we are a lot more relaxed and have confidence.”

 

On the team’s day by day outlook...

“I think we can go against anybody right now with the way we are playing ball. We are playing aggressively and offensively we are outscoring opponents. Our four game winning streak is tremendous and hopefully we can go in on Saturday and get another win. We are going into the mindset of taking it practice by practice, game by game going into round 9.”