Oakland Quotes

Head Coach Greg Kampe

Overall thoughts...

Kansas State played very well and shot the ball a lot better than they have all year. We dared them to shoot the three a little bit as their stats coming into the game were not very good. (Jacob) Pullen shot the ball very well and should thank me because we wanted to force him to shoot it. He should send me a Christmas card. Their guard play was very good as they forced 22 turnovers. We have played Syracuse, Oregon, Iowa and none of them made us turn the ball over like that. Their athleticism is great and I give them a lot of credit as we were never in the game. The game is over and we now play seven more games in a row where the other team is favored. But, we have to go beat them.”

 

On opening the season with their fifth straight road game...

“I learned to never do this again. It is a long, long path and it is too long. We still have over a week until we go home. Three weeks to begin on the road is too much. But circumstances are different as our league went to 18 teams and it caused some scheduling conflict. We got caught and just have to survive it. It is a killer. I knew it was not going to be easy.”

 

On Kansas State forcing turnovers...

“I think we had tired legs tonight. They took advantage of that and went right after us and did a nice job on (Johnathon) Jones. We were not able to get the ball where we wanted to. A lot of it was their transition and forcing turnovers which was the story of the game. They were very good defensively. But, I think a lot of it was our legs as we traveled all the way across the country and now back across it. So, I think that has a lot to do with the outcome. Six of our nine guys that play are freshman or sophomores, so they are getting some experiences that are making us a better team. Kansas State is a fast paced type of team and we are used to that. I thought that they were better than anyone at playing fast as they did a tremendous job of getting the ball and going.”

 

Junior guard Johnathon Jones

Overall thoughts...

“We had too many turnovers tonight as we did not come out and handle their pressure well. That was a major factor and led to other things. Kansas State really passed the ball well and had a lot of open shots. That will make us lose every time. With Kansas State having players knocking down all those three’s, it forced our defense to spread out.”

 

On the remainder of the season...

“We are getting used to playing on the road even though it is tough. It is rough for the younger players, but I am used to it as I have been here three years. We just have to continue being mentally tough. We are a good team. This is why we play these types of games. It allows us to see where we are at. We will move forward with a good attitude and get some wins. We are going to go to the tournament at the end of the year and will see one of these teams that we have played earlier on in the season.”