Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head coach Bruce Weber 
On the game… 
“There’s not much I can say. We just didn’t play very well. Part of that is them forcing us to go fast. We didn’t react very well. I think a big stat is not only the turnovers, but the lack of assists. We needed to share the bas¬ketball and be more patient at times. When you go 1-18 from the three point line that doesn’t help your cause either. I think a lot of it was they had us rattled and going too fast. We were OK in halfcourt defense, but at the end of the first half they had a big shot to get momentum. We kind of hung in there, we kept talking about hav¬ing an ugly game and keeping it close to find a way to win, but they (West Virginia) just made too many plays. I think it’s ironic that they had two technicals and we ended up going 1-4 from the line. If you go study the next few foul calls I think it changed a lot, but that’s basketball and they’re a good team. He (Bob Huggins) has them playing well and that’s the way it goes.” 

On only scoring one point out of the WVU back-to-back technicals… 
“It obviously doesn’t help. It was a real momentum change I thought. We had a bad stretch offensively after¬wards and they got fired up. I guess it was a good move, they got the calls after that and got fired up to play at a high level.”
 
On after a strong offensive performance against Oklahoma State and the disappointment of having such a poor shooting night… 
“They make you go fast. Take me out of the equation or the coaching staff. They make you do things. Against the press we were still able to get into our stuff out of traps, and got them spread out. But, in the second half they just said ‘we are going to trap them and keep trapping them to make them make plays.’ At home we made more plays and had a chance, then they went zone and it’s sad that we let that one slip away. Here, they just said ‘we are going to keep trapping you.’ and they did it enough to make us go fast. Sometimes it’s good to go and other times you’ve got to be a little more patient. I didn’t think we played very strong either. We had times where we didn’t finish layups or even free throws. They’d miss free throws and we wouldn’t box out. It wasn’t a very good night, we played as well as we could against Oklahoma State and we talk about taking a step forward. I didn’t know if we could beat them here, but I thought that we could compete with them. After the beginning they really controlled the game.

West Virginia Head coach Bob Huggins 
On if he was comfortable with the offense… 
“Who was comfortable? There wasn’t anyone on the bench comfortable. Not anyone wearing a uniform anyway. We continued to shoot ourselves in the foot by turning the ball over. We work like crazy to create turnovers, and then we turn around and give the ball right back to him. I have done this a long time. I have seen a lot of basketball. I have been in the gym since I was old enough to remember. I have never seen guards go down the court and forget to take the ball out. We have done that the last three games. I don’t know how it happens. We don’t finish. It’s hard when you don’t shoot free throws. You stand there with them and they make 20 in a row. You think it’s fixed, and then they don’t go out and do it.” 

On the mental state of Devin Williams 
“I’m not qualified to analyze his mental state. I am a ball coach. I’m not a shrink. From a basketball standpoint, Devin is rushing things. He is trying to make things happen that are not there. He is a great kid. He wants to be really good. He wants the team to be really good. He wants to help. When you force things, you don’t help. You hurt. We can’t continue to turn the ball over, the way he is turning the ball over.”
 
On how his team responded to the two technicals in the first half… 
“I don’t know. You have to ask them. I am going to defend our guys. Obviously, they can’t do it. Tarik (Phillip) got a technical for God knows what happened. I am going to defend them. It wears on you.” 

On Nathan Adrian’s first start… 
“I thought Nate (Adrian) had the best game of his career. He passed the ball. He kept the ball moving. His passes were good. Defensively, he was really good. He made some shots, but I think his floor game was very good.” 

On Teyvon Myers… 
“We talked about it. Teyvon (Myers) dug himself his hole, but his attitude has been great. He is the guy that put himself in that position, and he is the guy that has to take himself out. He is starting to take advantage of the opportunities that he receives. When I took over at Akron, I had a guy who was a starter for the other coach. He wasn’t playing very well and he said, ‘Coach, I could play better if you were more positive.’ I said ‘I could be a hell of a lot more positive if you were a better player.’ That goes both ways. The more positive things that Teyvon (Myers) does, the more confidence that we are going to have in him.” 

On Esa Ahmad’s long-term prognosis…
“I would hope he can go back to practice on Thursday, but I’m not sure.” 

On how he felt about the defense… 
“We are getting better at half court. Fundamentally, we weren’t very good in Manhattan with our pressure. We talked about that and showed them on the film. We tried to clean that up. I think we can get a lot better, but I think the positive of today is that we had more bounce in our step again. We have been a half step behind on everything. We ran balls from behind again. We made plays from behind that we haven’t been making. We had that bounce that is kind of critical for the way we play.”