K-State Head Coach Bruce Weber
“It is a good win, the last couple of weeks we talked about things we need to get accomplished to win the SEC challenge, and win at home. It gives us three out of four against SEC teams, and the only loss was at Texas A&M and we pushed them until the end. We are 11-2 overall in non-conference, which is a good showing for our guys, with Texas A&M and North Carolina being the two losses, so not too bad.”
On Carlbe Ervin’s performance….
“He has struggled and it has been frustrating. He had a procedure. He missed a month in the summer. He missed all of preseason, and he got a little bit out of shape and was just trying to figure it out, so today I told him just play hard and he did that.”
On the energy during the 19-2 run but not closing the game out efficiently….
“The coaches all kept saying (Stefan) Moody is out, but that doesn’t mean we cannot stop playing. They put guys out there that we did not even have on the scouting report, but do not let down, keep it going. A lot of it had to do with our offensive becoming passive – we shot like four or five threes in a row, but finish the game – get it to twenty and put them away, but to their credit they kept playing. I loved the energy during the 19-2 stretch, and I loved the energy at the beginning of the game. I think that and Oklahoma State was the best it has been all year.”
On DJ Johnson’s performance…
“He gives us a different dynamic, and we got him and Stephen (Hurt) in double figures. DJ was our leading scorer for the first time and went 6-for-6 from the free throw line. All this time off, he worked on his free throws and his shooting. He gives us energy and defensively is so active.”
Guard Wesley Iwundu
On beating Ole Miss…
“It is a step in the right direction going into the second half of conference. We needed this game, it was very important to us as a team. We feel like it will help us move forward in the right direction.”
On moving forward…
“We need to keep getting in the gym, coming into practice focused, and learn how to be more assertive and finishing out games. I think we should be pretty successful if we keep taking these steps in the right direction.”
On being comfortable at the point guard position…
“I was gifted with ball handling ability my entire basketball career. It is a good fit for me – seeing things differently with my height helps, so I think it is good for me and helps the team.”
On scoring to end drought…
“It was a long drought, and it felt like we needed something. It got us going back to being aggressive and made it a good game again and we took the lead. That was my mindset at the time to get to the rim.
Forward DJ Johnson
On playing energized…
“Just being more comfortable, I guess. I had a little more confidence today.”
On having to sit out…
“It made me hungry, especially with my teammates. They work so hard, and I want to be there and do whatever I can to get a win.”
On 19-2 run…
“We got the ball out, beat the press and I thought we moved the ball around pretty good during that time. We got some easy buckets, layups and fast break points. I feel like when we are forced too – that is the type of game we can play.”
Ole Miss Head coach Andy Kennedy
On not shooting as well in the second half…
“I think the biggest thing is that we only had one guy making them, Anthony Perez, then Anthony picks up two quick fouls, and we had foul trouble on the front line, so we had different guys getting those looks. They committed to what I would to, if I was playing us as well. Bruce (Weber) hard hedged screens involving (Stefan) Moody. The guy who was the screener then rolls to the basket, but their bigs stayed on the ball, so they committed two people to Moody, therefore our goal was to get it out of the double and reverse the ball and play four on three, catch a close out and maybe a shot or a drive. Perez was making shots early and hurting them with ball reversal. When he went out we did not really have any one else that could answer that call. We lost our way a bit.”
On keeping Stefan Moody to 10 points….
“He only shot six balls. He was doing the right thing, I thought, with five assists finding the open guy. He has been doing a much better job of that. I did not think he had much pop and that is why I sat him down at the end.”
On Carlbe Ervin’s difference in the game….
“I thought he (Carlbe Ervin) was very active. I call them watchers. Watchers get coaches fired. I have had a few watchers, and they do not last long on my team. He is not a watcher. Our best interior guy is out with an eye thing, so we have no bulk. As a result, our stretch fours can be matchup problems, like (Anthony) Perez and (Tomarz) Giela, but not when we do not make shots. Defensively, we are always going to have issues, so we have to zone. We have really had to do that since Sebastian (Saiz) has been out the last three or four games. I thought the ball got to the post, we attacked from the high post. He (Ervin) was one of the kids that was slashing on the back side as opposed to just standing and watching. I thought he was very, very active and he attacked the zone.”