Opponent Quotes

Head Coach Jeff Bzdelik

On playing against Kansas States emotion...

“I always have been very proud of my basketball team throughout the year with their competitive spirit. Losing can beat you up, but their competitive spirit has always been there, and that’s a testimony to who they are as people. I’ve said that many times, and I’ll continue to say that. I am very proud of my team.”

 

On Jermyl Jackson- Wilson...

“Jermyl is a tremendous competitor. He’s a guy that really fills up the stat sheet. He does a lot of little things defensively that aren’t shown in the stat sheet. He played with great energy. He’s someone who will be our lone senior next year. He’s a very intelligent young man that will provide great leadership.”

 

On Beasley and Walker...

“Walker and Beasley are very talented players. It’s tough to contain them. You just hope to put the clamps on everyone else, but those two just really made a difference.”

 

On going into the Big Twelve tournament...

“I tell my team to just keep getting better. We don’t have a lot of wins to show for it, but we’ve lost in this league at Texas by two, at Oklahoma State by one, and Missouri by four and seven. We certainly had a chance here, if we hit a shot or two it could have made a difference down the stretch. We know that we can play, we just haven’t been able to get over that hump.”

 

 

If he thinks Walker is ready...

“He’s ready. If you’re not going to stay four years, you need to go. The pro game is different. He can learn right away. He’s powerful enough, and he is a very talented young man.”

 

Senior Guard Richard Roby

On the top teams in the Big Twelve...
“I think that when you have a guy like Beasley you have to show up and guard him every game just like you have to show up when you play Texas and Kansas.”

 

On playing Kansas State...

“They’re really tough, especially on the road, and being down when they’re making their shots. They go out their and compete, make shots, and hit the glass. They’re such competitors that they’re just tough to stop”.

 

On making the decision about going to the NBA...

“It’s a tough decision in Mike’s (Beasley) situation. Initially when I thought I was going to come out, I felt I wasn’t ready so I decided to stick around for a couple more years. For Walker, you can always tell him to test the waters, and don’t hire an agent. That’s what I did my sophomore year.”