Frank Martin Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin

 

Opening statement...

 

“We obviously didn’t show any letdown out there, did we? I know that was the first question I answered the other night. We practiced well. Our kids came out and we played with tremendous intensity and contested everything; every pass, every dribble, every shot for the first 16 minutes of the game.  I don’t think we played particularly well offensively the first four or five (minutes of the game). I thought we settled, we didn’t make good decisions, but as the half went on, our constant pressure offensively and defensively created better opportunities for us. We kind of settled down a little bit and made better decisions. We kind of built that lead and unfortunately our youth and inexperience showed its ugly head in the second half.”

 

On Darren Kent this year...

 

“He has a new role. I told everyone earlier this year that he’s accepted a new responsibility. He’s no longer the six-minute-a-game guy who comes out and makes a three every once in a while, and everyone says what a great job he did.’ Now it’s kind of on his shoulders how we do. Whether we play right or not, it’s on his shoulders. He is growing as a player. The second half of the Nebraska game, I wanted to make sure he understood something. Sometimes people overcomplicate situations. Darren (Kent) is in a situation where he put so much pressure on himself that he wasn’t playing well, so he needed to sit down for a second and kind of see the game in a different perspective.”

 

On playing KU Saturday...

 

“I’m under the impression that Sherron (Collins) is the best guard in the league. It’s something about when he sees our color now; it’s like a bull looking at red. He just plays his rear end off against us. We are expecting their (KU) best shot. I would like to play KU after they have won four or five in a row. Last time we played them, they lost at Michigan State by 15 or 16 and it was their home opener and we kind of walked into a buzz saw. Now they are coming off a loss. I have so much respect for what Bill (Self) does and how hard his teams always play. We are going to get their best shot. We are going to line up and deal with a team that is kind of wounded right now.  We have to make sure that we kind of match that and we understand that we have to go out and do it.”