Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

K-State Head Coach Frank Martin

On his overall thoughts after the game...

“We were real, real bad in practice this week. We were atrocious and we went out and played that way. We’re a better basketball team than Florida A&M. Eugene (Harris) is a 20-year friend of mine and he’s going to recruit guys there and he’s going to get them to compete. He’s going to get A&M where they’re going to win a bunch of games in their league and be able to come in and compete in these kind of games. We were bad. We were bad during the week. We were great in practice leading into the California game and we played well. We were bad in practice this week and we line up and play bad. We can sit around and say ice storm, finals, a, b c, whatever all those are excuses, I’m not interested in excuses. We’ve got to come back next week and be a lot better in practice.”

 

On the number of turnovers...

“The only turnovers I was worried about today were Jacob Pullen’s. We played without Blake Young in the first half, for basically 18 minutes. Blake doesn’t make great plays but the one thing he doesn’t do is he doesn’t throw it to the other team. In the second half Bill’s knee was just sore, a little bit beat up, so I chose not to play him. The only turnovers I was worried about were Jake’s.”

 

On Michael Beasley’s slow start...

“He was part of the problem this week in practice. He wasn’t focused in and he didn’t compete. He went out and started the game that way. He hadn’t done that all year, that was the first time this year that he’s acted like an 18-year-old kid. The thing with Mike is...he lets the game come to him. He doesn’t want to go out there and get shots and just shoot it every time he touches it, that’s not who he is. Mike Beasley has never been a big time scorer. He’s averaging 25 or 26 points per game and he’s averaging about 14 shots a game. That’s who he is, he’s a very efficient basketball player.”

 

On having the poor practices this week...

“It wouldn’t be a problem if we had four or five seniors. When you’ve got seven first year guys it’s a problem. Guys don’t understand, they haven’t been through the process. They don’t comprehend how hard it is to win every day in college basketball. It’s part of the maturation, it’s part of the growth. It is what it is. Are we going to come in and practice bad tomorrow? Probably not. Those kids in there, they do care about winning. They understand, we don’t need to beat them up. I think they’ll be fine tomorrow in practice.”     

 

On the rebounding edge...

“When Michael Beasley plays on your team, you’re going to be a good rebounding basketball team because he’s so good at it that he commands so much attention from the other team that it opens up lanes for other guys to rebound the basketball. To our team’s credit, we’ve been a good rebounding team this year. There’s been two games where we stunk rebounding the ball, we didn’t try and we lost. It’s something that we have to continue to be consistent at.”