Coach Frank Martin Quotes

Coach Frank Martin

On the confusion at the end of overtime...

“I told the referee you learn something new every day in this game.’ I was under the impression that the clock starts either when it touches a player or hits the floor. He told me that the rule is the clock does not start until a player touches the basketball. Neither player touched the ball but the clock started; it’s an inadvertent kind of play so you go to the possession arrow. It was our possession arrow so that’s how we got possession of the ball.”

 

On Pullen’s second comment and the play at the end of overtime...

“He’s not being totally honest with you. They told me that that’s what we needed to run. I’ve developed so much trust in those two guys (Denis Clemente and Jacob Pullen) that I listen to them. They are the players. They are the ones that are in the game. They are the ones who have the feel for what’s there. He’s trying to be nice and give me credit, but I just trust what those two guys (Clemente and Pullen) have done, and when they said to me that things weren’t going to work; I can’t get it to the rim and Denis (Clemente) is in the corner. I just said do it’.”

 

On advancing in the NIT ...

“I told the team since we lost to Texas that my message to them has been You go at it almost for six months everyday and you beat each other up and you go beat up the people who line up to play you, and sometimes you get beat up but you have to get up and go again.' This time of the year, it’s about learning from all those lessons and staying the course and staying together and figuring out a way to do what we just did. You think about this game. Back in November, we lost those games. They were the same kind of games. We lost all three. We weren’t perfect, we didn’t play great, but we didn’t know how to finish the game out. Today, we learned from that, we stayed the course. This time of the year, it’s about understanding whether you’re good or bad, you’re indifferent, you shoot it well or you don’t shoot it well, you figure out a way. To quote Hugs (Bob Huggins), he said Frank, you have to do one of two things; you’ve got to either score one more than them and if you can’t score one more than them, then hold them to one less than you. If you do that, you get to practice the next day’.”