Kansas State Coach Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin
On Kansas State’s first half performance...
“We missed a bunch of easy shots and when you continue to miss shots from one or two feet, it breaks your spirit. Then we got caught in quick sand playing against a basketball team that runs a style of offense that we have not faced this year. We do not play like that in practice the offense that they run. It is important that we play different styles. That is part of the maturation process of a basketball team. You have to guard different actions. Today, we guarded a different style than anything we have done. We got caught in quick sand against a team that played a different style and plays a kind of style that if you are in quick sand, you are going to be in trouble. Give them credit because they did a heck of a job at running their offense.”

On Dominique Sutton...
“Dominique Sutton is playing close to the kind of player that he can be. He is growing. Offensively, he continues to get better. There are some times that I still get frustrated with him because he will catch the ball and put it over his head and be unaggressive and he cannot do that. He is too good of a player to allow that to happen. He has to continue to take responsibility for the new responsibilities that he has. It takes a lot of responsibility to be good. That means you have to be good everyday. You have to accept the challenge of leading and taking a chance to go do things that maybe people do not think you are capable of doing. And that is something that is growing on him.”

On being capable of putting together a solid 40-minute game...
“I think I said it after the Florida A&M game we are not trying to win a championship in November. We are trying to become a better team in November so that we can face the challenges that come our way when the season continues. The season gets hard it does not get easier. You have to be challenged and you have to grow. If we were playing forty minutes of perfect basketball right now, I would be concerned because there is not much room for improvement. I think the one thing about us that is consistent is that we continue to improve.”

On the growth of Fred Brown...
“My challenge as a basketball coach is to continue to get Fred Brown to understand the team concepts defensively. Last year he was a major defensive liability if you put him in the basketball game. I do not think there is a question as to whether or not he can score the basketball, but he was a major defensive liability. Now he is not a major defensive liability, but he still gets lost at times and it is my challenge as his basketball coach to get him to grow there. Offensively, when you call his number, he gets open.”

On the upcoming road game...
“This is not just a road game. This is a very hard road game. I like being challenged. I do not like things being easy. I told the team that there were a lot of guys that were 20-0 when they stepped in the ring with Mike Tyson, but they had never been challenged and the first time they got hit, they went down. I like our team to get challenged.”