Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Bob Huggins

Opening the team’s aggressiveness...

“I thought that was the first time we were assertive for the whole game. It’s the first time we came out assertive. We talked to them for two days to try to come out and impose our will on the opposition, which we haven’t done. We haven’t done it at all, much less for an entire game.”

 

On the half-court offense...

“We had a really good practice on Sunday where we really broke down and guarded their offense, then we worked really hard on half-court man offense. We kind of threw a lot of things at them, all successfully. I thought our half-court offense was better today.”

 

On the play of Jason Bennett...

“He was really good today. He was really active today. He was fairly active the first half of the Cal game and non-existent in the Colorado State game. He’s a typical freshman. He kind of reverts back like he’s in high school and he can stand in front of the rim and can guard anyone. I don’t know that he’s going to get 11 (points) every night, but he ought to score. He’s got all kinds of opportunities to rebound.”

 

On ball control...

“I don’t our guys the last three days that if they were running backs, I’d bench them and never put them in again. You can’t keep dropping the ball on the carpet. I told them running backs are getting helmets to their arm, punching the ball, pulling on their arms and they don’t give it up. Why would get give it up?’ That’s something that we’re going to have to correct.”  

 

On the aggressive play...

“That’s just the way we’re supposed to play. We had not been very assertive. I think that’s the best word I can use to describe what we haven’t been. Today, I thought we were assertive. We attacked the basket, threw it close, and ran at the basket instead of fading away. We went from shooting 30 three’s in the game to end up only shooting three or four in the first half. We attacked the basket better. They opened up the floor a little bit with their pressure, but we still ought to attack the goal a lot more than what we have.”

 

On starting Serge Afeli...

“He played well in the Colorado State game and in practice on Sunday. Nobody played well in practice on Monday, so he kind of got it by default.”

 

On the shooting percentage...

“We got a bunch of lay-ups and foul shots. If you think about it, you can miss every shot, but if you rebound them and put them in, you’re shooting 50 percent. I think that’s what people look sight in. If you shoot the ball and someone else rebounds it and puts it in, you’re shooting 50 percent as a team. Then, if you steal the ball a couple of times and go score, then all of a sudden that goes above 50 (percent).”