Opponent Quotes

Head Coach Tony Shaver

On the game...

“(Kansas State) didn’t shoot it really well. It was more like they shot it to go get it. I don’t think they have a great shooting ball club, but I think that will improve with time. We felt like the key to the ballgame would be keeping them off of the offensive glass, and obviously we didn’t do that very well. Some of it was lack of technique, but some of it was that this was a much more physical game than our kids are used to.”

 

On his young team and where they are heading...

“We’re really excited to be honest with you. Our staff’s first recruiting class is now juniors. I thought Laimis Kisielius played really well for us as a junior. I was disappointed for Nathan Mann, being from Kansas he had a rough night. He is one of our best players and is an offensive threat. (Mann) got into foul trouble early. We’re excited about our future.”

 

On replacing Nathan Mann due to foul trouble...

“It hurt (to lose Mann) tremendously. It hurt our rotation more than anything. But, what a performance by David Schneider as a freshman. I’m glad he’s going to be here for four years. (Schneider) is a guy we recruited that we thought could play both point and shooting guard. We didn’t really want to restrict him to point guard we’ve got another freshman that didn’t make that trip who is more of a true point guard. I think that put a little more pressure on David today.”

 

Freshman Guard David Schneider

On the team’s overall performance...

“I would have felt better about it if we could have got a win under our belts. It was nice to have this game as our season-opener.”

 

On preparing for the Kansas State game...

“We always try to hustle and control our poise and attitude. We knew from Cincinnati’s old stuff that Coach Huggins likes to pressure a lot, so our main goal was to handle the pressure.”

 

Junior Guard Nathan Mann

On coming back to play in Kansas...

“I was really excited to get here. The coaches really went out of their way to schedule a game in the Midwest so I could come home and play in front of my family. I had a lot of family here, and I was excited to play. Unfortunately, I got into some foul trouble and didn’t get to play as well or as much as I would have liked. It was tough for me to get into a rhythm.”