Kansas State Head Coach Frank Martin quotes

K-State Head Coach Frank Martin

On the toughness of getting a win against Pittsburg State...

“That’s exactly why we scheduled (this game). They’ve got seven guys on their roster that at some point over the past two years have started games for them. They’re vastly experienced. They understand how to play within the system that Coach (Gene) Iba runs, which is a complete contrast from the way Sacramento State plays. Two weeks from now we hope to be playing Sunday night, down in Orlando, in the championship game. If we had not challenged our guys by trying to guard two completely contrasting teams and play against two teams that play the game two different ways in such a short term, then we would have no chance to succeed in Orlando.”

 

On playing better in the second half...

“The second half I thought we played well, with the exception of about a three minute period there where they went on a 13-0 run. We made some substitutions because the guys that got us that eight-point lead were tired. We had to make some substitutions and we went back out and played with that laissez faire mentality that we had the whole first half. We kind of settled down. It’s a long season, it’s a long game. It’s just a matter of our young guys continuing to battle, continuing to play. It was a physical game. That’s what I mean by playing a team that’s not going to lay down. Those guys weren’t going to back down, say we’re playing Kansas State, eh, they’re up 10-0, let’s just kind of go through the motions the rest of the game.’ It was a heck of a challenge for our guys and one that I feel pretty confident in saying that we learned from.”

 

On good offense affecting the defense his team played...

“It’s hard to be a good defensive team and be a bad offensive team. If you play selfishly on offense, that breaks your spirit to play defense. We played selfishly in the first half. We just held the ball. We didn’t play the way we talk about playing, the way that we’ve played every day up until today. I don’t know why we did that. In the second half we were a lot more unselfish with the basketball, we took better shots, had better floor spacing, we actually got into our offense. That first half, I don’t think we ran one thing we’ve practiced all year. I thought I was watching an And-1 video that first half, not what we practice on an everyday basis. We played better offense in the second half, which in return got us better shots, kind of put them on their heels, which then allowed us defensively to attack them.”

 

On Michael Beasley...

“He’s a winner. You guys are going to sit here and talk to me for the next four months and I’m going to sit here every day and tell you he’s a winner that’s what matters to him. He played like an 18-year-old today, tired. He didn’t go out there and play with tremendous energy. Jacob Pullen played the same way today. Those kids are winners, those kids are tired. We practiced hard yesterday, we got after it. Those kids came out here and didn’t play with that incredible enthusiasm that you’ve got to have. That’s why we practiced like we did yesterday, 18-year-old kids need to understand that there’s not an easy game on the schedule. That’s why Mike is a winner. As physical as the game was and as sloppy as he and we had played, as a team we were able to continue to work and find our rhythm and find him where he could score the ball from. To his credit, he made some hard baskets down the stretch where there was contact and all kinds of stuff. Those are the kind of baskets that he’s going to have to make for us to win on the road because those are the baskets that either make you or break you on the road.”     

 

On Ron Anderson’s contributions...

“He’s got that ability. Ron is long, Ron’s got the longest reach on our basketball team. He’s got the ability to do that. He needs to learn how to do that with more consistency. Ron’s a kid that turned 18-years of age about six weeks ago and he’s playing against 23-year-old guys today. Ron got knocked around. That’s why Scott Greenawalt is such an important part of what we do because those 18-year-old kids need to make sure they don’t get thrown around. We’ve been on Ron pretty hard here for three or four days to be pretty active, to be stronger when he goes into the game. He actually did that for us today.”