Kansas Quotes

Head Coach Bill Self

 

On the key factor that allowed KU to comeback after trailing by 16 points...

“It was probably that they started missing shots. They (K-State) were so good early. We started to defend them a lot better as the game went on. If I could put my finger on it without watching the tape, I would say Marcus Morris and Tyshawn Taylor were key in that stretch for us. In the last eight minutes they were fabulous. It was amazing that we came back from being 16 down to one at halftime. We didn’t play great in the second half, we only got off 16 shots, but we made our free throws. Other than a few turnovers late, I thought we showed a lot of courage.”

 

On whether the team was grasping early in the game...

“We were grasping. We didn’t have anything going and they (K-State) were great. We dared (Jacob) Pullen to make his first shot and he did. He had eight points by the first media timeout and we couldn’t stay in front of (Denis) Clemente. He made everything he looked at early as well. Our guys stayed tough. That may be as good a road win since I have been here given the youth and circumstances.”

 

 On the triangle and two defense...

“We thought we could guard them but our play determined otherwise during the early stages of the game. We used triangle and two last time against, so we decided to use it again. It wasn’t great, but I thought we did a good enough job in the second half. Our biggest problem was the defensive rebounding, because we don’t practice it (triangle and two) much. I do think it bailed us out. It made the possessions longer which probably was a huge thing for us because our depth situation at the time.”

 

On Cole Aldrich’s play...

“We couldn’t get the ball inside to him to start out with, so we decided to bring everyone high and then throw it up to him. I don’t know exactly, but I think he delivered seven points on three or four straight looks. Those were scores that we desperately needed because we didn’t have anything else going.”

Center Cole Aldrich

Overall thoughts on the game...

“The win feels great. We came out kind of slow, and they got the crowd into it and were playing on all cylinders. Some way we found a way to keep fighting back and get within two at half. (Jacob) Pullen and (Denis) Clemente are great. They are one of the best guard combos in the Big 12 as they combined for 44 points tonight with only two turnovers. That is very impressive. Marcus (Morris) played real well. This was probably one of his best games he has played here at Kansas. It was exciting to see another big guy step up.”

 

On playing against their rivals back to back games...

“We have been through a lot this week playing at Missouri and then here. The Missouri game hit us hard and we really wanted to get back on our feet today. We knew this game was going to be hard, but we showed a lot of character by coming back and playing well. The atmosphere here was great. I looked up at the crowd and saw some pretty good signs that made me chuckle. We knew this week was going to be real tough because we played our two biggest rivals on the road.”

 

Guard Sherron Collins

Overall thoughts on the game...

Kansas State put a lot of pressure on our guards. They did a good job under pressure to deny us. We knew that we had Cole (Aldrich), so we just decided to throw it up to him since he is 6’11’’ and let him make a play. It came down to guarding them and making them shoot forced shots. They had us on our heels in the first 10 minutes, but after that we settled down and started making shots. They have a real good guard combo. I have known (Jacob) Pullen since high school, so I knew what he was capable of doing. It was a tough little matchup for us.”

 

On what he told the younger players...

“When things are not going our way, we have to grind it out and find a way to win. We knew we had to cut the lead down to six before half, but we actually came in only down one. We did a good job cutting it down with all of our young guys playing. It was a big win today and we have to move on to the next game.”