K-State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin

On facing Missouri for the second time this season...

“They don’t like to lose. You should have seen our practices the last couple of days. They didn’t come here to lose and they don’t enjoy losing. They’re true guys that have a lot of pride. You always want to beat a team that beat you the first time around. You never want to lose two to somebody, especially when the second one is at home. That’s why you have to play well. We’re battling our hearts out to find a way to win this conference. For every game the next one becomes a bigger game, if you want to win a championship. When you are not fighting for first place, you are just trying to survive. When you are trying to win a championship, regardless of who you are playing, that next game becomes the biggest game of the year.”

 

On tonight’s game...

“From a defensive standpoint we did the best job we’ve done all year from rotating and just helping each other. I was happy to see the things that we didn’t do well last Wednesday. We worked real hard to correct those the last few days. Offensively, we threw it to the two boys inside and they went out and played like men today.”

 

On defending Missouri...

“Even early I thought we had them extended and we played with unbelievable energy. We had a couple simple little breakdowns, where Matt Lawrence gave up some three’s early. You can’t absolutely take everything away whenever you play somebody. You have to pick what you want to do. What happened when we played at Missouri, we gave them all open shots in the second half. That’s what you can’t do when they have a team where all five guys can shoot the ball.”

 

On playing hard defensively...

 “The way we defend and the energy that we played with today was good. We do the things that we talk about. We rotate and we help each other we’ve done that for the major part of the year. Early on in the season I thought we played really hard. We didn’t understand a lot of our rotations, but I thought our offense was the one that was lacking. In my coaching career, that has always been the way my teams have played. Defensively we were a lot stronger early than we are offensively. That’s why Coach Huggins and I got along so well and we still do. We spend a lot of time in practice playing defense rather than offense.”