Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
On Barry Brown….
“He has done a nice job. I think he has learned when to take shots and he has felt more comfortable in the system. He was playing as well as anybody this summer, into the fall and into practice. Then he had a little bit of a setback, and we had to hold him out for five or six days and it took him a little time to figure it out. Then, all of a sudden, we were right in games, and I think that is part of his inconsistency. He is very active, he loves to play and he gives us somebody that is going to give us hoops every game. He is going to get to the basket, he made a big lefty shot when we were struggling. He will take some bad ones and do some goofy things, but hopefully those mistakes will be less and less as it goes on.”

On Dean Wade…
“He gets ten [points] and six [rebounds] and it was good for him to make a three. For Dean, it is such a confidence thing. He had a couple post moves where it is like a hot potato. He needs to just slow down and let things happen. He is in control in there, keep it high, do not dribble and let things happen. We have got five games in double figures. When we were playing well and being successful, we had four or five guys in double figures. We had 15 or 18 assists. The only downfall was they just killed us on the glass. Some of it was out of our scrambles, some of it they just punked us. Tubby [Smith] adjusted, went small and just put a bunch of athletes in there and went at us. We have to do a better job. If we are going to allow teams to get 17 offensive rebounds, it could cost us a game down the road.”

On sustaining the offense….
“I think if we keep coming in the gym, executing and sharing the basketball. I do not know if we are going to get 80’s, but we just need to keep doing the little things. Justin [Edwards] gets a put back, Wes [Iwundu] gets a put back – all those little things help. I do not think we are a great shooting team, but we can be a good scoring team if we can do all the things that we can do well. Wes got downhill today, got in the paint, dished it, scored and got a tip in. Kam [Kamau Stokes] hits a three, Kam finds Barry [Brown], Barry hits a three. We had much better ball movement. That is one thing we really emphasized when we got back from Oklahoma.”

Junior Guard Wesley Iwundu
On importance of win ….
“That was an important win moving ahead. It was a good confidence booster so it was definitely important.”

On first half intensity …
“We felt all week that this was an important game. Every game is important, but this one was really important. We have a two game home stand, so we had to protect home court and these are must win games.”

On Barry Brown development…
“He is a gym rat. He loves being in the gym, and he loves being around basketball. His attitude is playful, but when it is time to get serious and get a bucket, he is a guy you can rely on. It is helpful because he is a new player in the Big 12 and not too many people know much about him, but he has been a big boost for us. We are going to need that in the Big 12 because older guys may struggle some games so it is always good for a younger guy to step up and he has been doing that. You just cannot complain and keep going with the flow.

Freshman Guard Kamau Stokes
On shooting success…
“It was like coach said, we got in the gym a lot and when you get in the gym more, you get consistent. That is all it comes down to is getting in the gym.”

On first Big 12 win…
“It does not feel like anything has been lifted off of my shoulders. We just had to execute at the end of the game because we were not doing that early. This time we executed and came out with a win.”

On first half success…
“It is always a lot of fun when you are making shots, executing and playing good defense, which helps het our fast breaks. We had a lot of fast breaks this game, eighteen in total. It always helps and it is a lot of fun.”

Texas Tech Head coach Tubby Smith
Opening Statement…
“I am very impressed with Kansas State’s shooting tonight. We really never could recover from the barrage of three point shots. We gave ourselves a chance late, but we just could not get back. I am impressed with how hard they played. They always play hard, Bruce Weber teams’ always do that. I thought we got outworked in some areas, but again, we battled and we have a lot of things to work on defensively.”

On the play of Barry Brown…
“He is pretty impressive. He can really shoot the ball. We could not find him in transition a couple of times. It is nice to have someone like that coming off the bench that can bring that type of offensive firepower. What Justin (Gray) did for us, he did for them. He is impressive and athletic, has a good stroke, good range. He is very impressive.”

On K-State’s shooting…
“As Justin said earlier, we did not find them in transition very well and that was a real problem for us. They have not been shooting it well, but obviously back at home they are feeling comfortable and they probably worked hard on their shooting and improving. I think they made some good shots and some deep shots and knocked them down in transition. They found people open and that is probably the best time to shoot it, when you are open and no one is near you. That was a problem for us and that was a problem for us all night.”

Sophomore Guard Justin Gray
On playing K-State’s game…
“I thought we were forcing a lot of plays, trying to create and make things happen instead of following the game plan and executing our plays efficiently. In a way, I think they got us to play their game by making us take bad shots and let it get away from us in the first half. Unfortunately, we did not get the win and to answer your question, they kind of got us.”

On the problems with transition defense…
“Just communicating, matching up in transition, sprinting the floors and knowing who you have. I do not think we did a good job of communicating while sprinting back on defense to point out to each other who has who and make sure we can stop and have them play a half-court game to slow it down. They got out in transition and scoring efficiently.”