Quotes from NIT Press Conference

Head Coach Bob Huggins

On not getting selected to the NCAA Tournament...

“That’s life. You get knocked down and you get back up. There were a couple teams that came up that I thought probably put us in jeopardy.”

 

On Texas Tech getting into the tournament...

“I was happy for them. Happy for them, happy for our league.” 

 

On his thoughts of some other teams that made the tournament...

“I don’t want to get into all that, it serves no purpose. I heard Lou Holtz say one time Billy Ray Smith wasn’t a good player because he didn’t get knocked down, he was a good player because he didn’t stay down. He got up, took the shortest route to the ball carrier and arrived there in a bad mood. I think that’s how you’ve got to approach things.”

 

On winning more than 20 games overall and 10 games in the conference and not being selected...

“What it says is we need to win more games.”

 

On any moments he thinks the team could have taken advantage of to better their chances this season...

“There were 11 of them.”

 

On whether or not the selection committee showed the Big 12 Conference enough respect...

“We just sat in there and watched, and a couple of those guys had two Big 12 teams in the Final Four. That’s a lot of respect.”

 

On things they could have done better to make the NCAA Tournament...

“I learned a long time ago, don’t depend on others. These guys will tell you that’s what I’ve told them from day one. You don’t ever want to leave it in anyone else’s hands. It was in our hands and apparently we needed to do more. In the future we plan on doing a whole lot more.”

 

On the inherited weak non-conference schedule...

“I’m never going to buyout a game. We very well could have won some of those games and didn’t win them. It wasn’t anybody else’s fault.”

 

On his message to his team after the disappointment...

“That’s life. They’re going to get knocked down a couple more times, if they’re lucky most people get knocked down a whole lot more than a couple. You’ve got to get up and go on. Life is not as easy as everyone wants to make it out to be. You see people go through hardships all the time. It’s not what happens to us, it’s how we respond to it. We need to respond to it in a fashion becoming of what we all want Kansas State basketball to stand for.”

 

On the opportunity to play in the NIT Tournament...

“I’m happy for these guys that they get to keep playing. That’s what it’s about this time of year. There are a whole lot of folks that aren’t playing. We get to continue to go on and play and if you get to play in Madison Square Garden, that’s a heck of a deal. Madison Square Garden, to basketball players, is the Mecca of basketball. We’d all be lying if we sat here and told you we weren’t disappointed, we are. We got knocked down; we’ve got to get back up.”

 

On getting the team’s spirit back up in time for Wednesday’s game...

“I don’t think I’ll have a problem. We lost 11 times and we came back and played. That’s the great thing about athletics that a lot of you don’t get to experience you get beat and you can’t imagine what these guys felt like in the locker room, what we all felt like in the locker room. The next day you get to go to practice and have the opportunity to change it for the better. ”

 

On what he knows about Vermont...

“Call me in about an hour and I’ll be able to tell you. I’m good; I’m not that good.”

  

Senior Forward Cartier Martin

On not getting selected to the NCAA Tournament in his career...

“It’s disappointing not being able to get a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament. (We got selected to the NIT Tournament) and we’re just going to try to win this one.”

 

On the NIT bid...

“We just have to keep our heads up and keep fighting. We’ve still got something to play for. We’re going to put all we can into this tournament and come out on top.”

 

His excitement on playing again...

“It’ll definitely be exciting to get a chance to play in our home arena again and get a chance to see these fans a couple of more times. This is a great place and I’m happy that I’ve been a part of it.”

 

Junior Forward David Hoskins

On the chance to play in New York City...

“That’s what we’re looking forward to. We got a high seed in the NIT Tournament so we’re lucky to play some games here at home and hopefully if it turns out like we expect it to, we’ll be playing in Madison Square Garden.”

 

On his disappointment level...

“I’m as disappointed as anybody else on the team. We’ve got to respond and come back and play in this NIT and give this all we’ve got.”

 

On watching the decision...

“I didn’t give up. We sat there and watched the whole thing. Of course we’re going to be optimistic; we thought we were going to be called until the last team. We weren’t. It wasn’t like there was anybody throwing chairs. It was just disappointment on the face of everybody.”