Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

K-State Head Coach Frank Martin
On California being unranked...
“I answered the question when I was asked earlier in the year about preseason rankings and all that and my comment was that other than being on the ESPN highlights, those rankings don’t mean much this time of year. They’re a good basketball team. I can’t think of too many teams in the country that have two guys better than their two inside guys. They’re pretty darn good on offense and defensively they’re usually pretty gap oriented and we were able to drive on them today.”

On the K-State run that brought the team back from a 10-point deficit...

“I told the team in the locker room that the past six games were either going to make us or break us that’s what I told them six games ago. That didn’t mean that if we went three and three like we went in those games that we were a failure. They had no idea of what I meant when I said that, but that’s the way they took it. We had a player’s meeting and yesterday I asked them, what do you think I meant by that. They had different ideas and I told them where I was going with this was that the way we were going to be challenged, the adverse situations that we were going to be in over the last six games, was either going to make us a better basketball team or a worse basketball team. It was either going to divide us or bring us tighter together. That run there, when I had to call that timeout and we were down 10, showed that the past six games have made us into a tighter unit.”

On Bill Walker’s performance...

“We had an intra-squad scrimmage 10 days into practice and he had 37 and that was with officials on the court. We went up to Marquette and he was a monster and then he hurt himself. He hurt his thumb and then he follows that up with a hyper-extended knee. When you’re coming off an ACL, it’s hard enough to find consistency just because of the injury that you you’re trying to overcome. To have to compound it with other injuries has made it difficult for him. Bill’s a competitor, he wants to win. I’ve said that about the guys in our locker room, they want to win. Whether he had pain in his knee or not, he wasn’t going to allow that to prevent us to find a way to succeed today.”

On Chris Merriewether’s first start and contributions...

“I went into the locker room (after the Notre Dame game) and said Chris I’m going to play you, you better be ready to play, I should have been playing you from the first day. Chris plays his heart out. The one thing that happens with Chris is if you’re on the court with him and you don’t compete you stick out like a sore thumb because of how hard he plays. It becomes contagious and infectious. Everybody plays hard because he’s out there playing so hard. He’s a magnificent teammate. I got tired of watching other guys flop around and miss shots and I thought it was time to give him a chance.”

On the defensive key...

“We’re not going to play too many teams that have two better front guys than Ryan Anderson and Devin Hardin. They’ve got to change that one rim near the tunnel after Devin Hardin dunked that ball. The whole key to us defensively was our perimeter defense, we talked about that going into the game. We had to pressure them, we had to extend them to get them to play further away from the basket which then allows your post defense to be a little bit better.”