K-State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin

On the game being closer than expected...

"We just needed a win, I don't really care. I don't really care what the score ways. We needed a game where would could line up and figure out how to win."

 

On the Colorado run to start the second half...

"We got a little sloppy and we gave them life in the first half. Jeff Bzdelik has done an unbelievable job with that group of kids. They're at Missouri two weeks ago, they're down 18, two minutes later, they're down four. Jeff's done a great job. There's not an easy win in this conference this year. You have to play at your best all the time if you want to have any hope of winning. We weren't great today, but when you're coming off four losses and you've got so many young kids, you need a win just to feel good about yourselves."

 

On Bill Walker's performance...                                

"Bill's a good player. We've still got some guys that need to get back to playing with a lot more confidence than what they're playing with right now on the offensive side of the floor. Then defensively we've got to get better. The only way you can do those things is to feel good about who you are and in order for us to do that we needed a win."

 

On the importance of a first-round bye in the Big 12 Tournament...

"If you want to have a chance - here's the reality of the whole thing - if you've got to play four games in four nights, and I think we're a good enough basketball team where we can make a run in the Big 12 Tournament, then it kills your time as far as preparing for the NCAA Tournament. Then you've got to turn around and travel on Monday and that's hard. When you play in a league that's as hard as this, if you make it to the championship game and you've got to play four consecutive games, then you've got to get on a plane to travel Monday and go play one of the top 64 teams in the country it beats you up.

 

"Getting a bye is huge. It eliminates one day that you have to play a hard basketball game. It gives you a chance to make a run in the Big 12 Tournament number one, and then number two, it solidifies you as one of the elite teams in the conference." 

 

On sending the seniors off with a win...

"That's the way it should be. If you get to draw up somebody's career (that's the way you want to do it). Think about these seniors. The freshmen get a lot of the credit and obviously Mike (Beasley) and Bill (Walker) get most of the credit but these seniors came here - Clent (Stewart), four years ago; Dave (Hoskins), three years ago; James (Franklin) and Blake (Young) two years ago; - and they're leaving as the winningest seniors in Bramlage Coliseum by winning 15 home games here this year. They should be proud of that, they've got a lot to do with that happening."

 

On Clent Stewart's pre-game proposal...

"He asked me for permission so I knew it was coming. He didn't want to take away from the game. I said Clent, you've earned your right to do whatever you want to do on senior night. It was a beautiful thing. I told my wife when I got back to the bench, he's got a lot more courage than I do. I proposed in my bedroom apartment overlooking the skyline of Cincinnati and he did it in front of 13,000 people. He's got a lot more courage than me."