Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin

On his overall thoughts of the game...

“For us to be any good we cannot have 26 turnovers in a basketball game. Beasely and Pullen combined for 14 of our 26. I didn’t do as good a job preparing us and making our guys understand how we needed to attack their zone defense. They played a little differently than most conventional zones. We talked about that and tried to prepare but I guess I didn’t emphasize it as much as I needed to.’”

 

On the point guard Jacob Pullen...

“I told him when we recruited him that I was going to be harder on him than anyone else on the team. Teams that win championships always have good point guards. Football teams that win championships always have good quarterbacks. It’s not about making great plays, it’s about making the right play and that’s what freshmen usually have to learn. They’re so used to being able to relax and get lazy sometimes and in college, every time you do that it is a mistake. Whenever you make a mistake in good basketball, your team pays for it.”

 

On the young players’ performance tonight...

“I thought we played hard, and I thought we did some good things defensively. I was not happy with the fact that our young guys fouled too much. We can’t put a team on the line 31 times, and win. That’s part of our youth. We get a little over-anxious. You ask the young kids to play hard, and they go out and try to play real hard and they get a little over-anxious and commit some fouls that we have to clean up. We have to show them on tape that there were some fouls that were just bad fouls that you can’t commit.”

 

On the team’s injuries...

“If I start making excuses then all I’m doing is preparing my team to fail. Injuries are part of sports. Our job is to prepare our guys to succeed. They are injuries that the only way they can heal properly is through rest. I don’t care how much therapy a person goes through, the only way to get healthy is through rest.”

 

On Michael Beasley’s performance as a freshman ...

“I’m not into comparing people. I think everyone is an individual. The obvious comparison is with Kevin Durant because he was such a great player at the collegiate level last year. If Kevin Durant was a freshman this year and Michael would’ve been a freshman last year then everyone would be trying to figure out if Kevin Durant can play up to Michael Beasley’s standards. Mike is a heck of a player. I’m not going to sit here and tell you he’s better than this guy or worse than another guy. The most important part about Mike is that he is a winner. He loves to win.”