Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head coach Bruce Weber
On beating a ranked opponent…
“At the start of the game we were not very good, obviously. We got down 9-0 to start. We talked about taking the game to them. We thought we could get to the basket, get by them and make them guard us. The first game we took quick shots, and we did that early in the game. They are so good in transition. We showed films and it is like three sprinters trying to win the 100-yard dash every time. Those dudes are running, so if you turn it over and take quick shots they are flying down the court. I think we were more efficient on offense. We made some shots and made some big plays. Once we stopped turning it over, it gave us a chance to get a great win. There is no doubt that is a huge win for us and a lot of dividends off that if we do something as we move forward.”

On Wesley Iwundu…
“He was special. Like I say, you need somebody to step up and be special. He made that three and I thought, man we are in pretty good shape. He made his free throws and limited his turnovers. He had to play a little bit of point and he screwed up a couple of plays. He played 38 minutes too. We took him out a couple of minutes in the first half and kept talking about taking him out in the second half. That is one of the reasons I took that timeout. I knew there was a TV coming up and that would give him a chance to rest. He was big time. You need somebody to be special, but these guys and the whole team did a great job. It was a team win, no doubt, but Wes spearheaded it.”

On Dean Wade coming off the bench…
“D.J. (Johnson) has played well and Dean has not, so that was one thing. I have talked to Dean and I have talked to his parents. He knows it. I told him to get mad at me. I want you to be mad at me. I am going to sit you down, and I want you to be mad because he just needed a little fire. He came out and made his shots, drove to the basket and just played a lot more aggressive. He made a big three when they were making a run to start the second half. Then Dean hit that little 17-footer that kind of gave us a little breathing room. Dean played 27 minutes and probably would have played more if he did not get so tired.”

Guard Wesley Iwundu
On late three-point play…
“It was the right play at the right time. We needed a big one, and the ball went in and I got the “and one” and my emotions were running. There were a lot of emotions from the jump. Coach Weber was building up the emotion days before the game even after the KU game. Emotions played a big part today.”

On late three point shot…
“There was nobody behind me so I looked down to make sure my feet were behind the line and I shot it. It went in, so it must have been a good day.”

On Dean Wade’s performance…
“For big games like this, we are going to need everybody. Especially Dean, Justin (Edwards), D.J., and the whole team. For Dean to come out there and play like that it is great. As a freshman, you can hit a wall sometimes, but he definitely surpassed that wall and came in big for us.”

Forward Dean Wade
On not starting…
“It let me feel the game more, just watching and being able to see how it was going with the speed of the game settled me down. I was a lot more comfortable when I came in.”

On his journey to K-State…
“It has been unbelievable. You always dream about playing against the number one team. It has been a good journey, being at all the games, it has been fun. Truly, unbelievable.”

On hitting a big shot…
“I knew I was open, so I saw the rim and just shot it. I did not think about it too much. I was comfortable.”

Forward D.J. Johnson
On the mentality of team…
“I do not think there is a mental block or anything. We have always had the focus to where we feel like we could beat any team, and we just have not been able to close out. I feel like this is kind of a weight lifted off of our shoulders. When Wednesday comes around, we will not have as much pressure on us and we will be able to play our game.”

On being back in basketball shape…
“I think I am getting my legs back under me. I feel a lot more explosive than what I was when I first got back. I am happy.”

On Dean Wade’s performance off the bench…
“I should start more often. If he is going to come in and do that, then we should keep doing this. He played with a ton of confidence today and I like that.”

Oklahoma Head coach Lon Kruger
Opening statement…
“We got beat by a club that out fought us, worked harder, were more energetic to loose balls and were active. All night long, they were just a little quicker to balls coming off the boards or loose balls in the paint. They played well. Their older guys stepped up and played really well. Bruce (Weber) does a great job and had them ready to fight and compete, and we did not do what we had to, to win a road game against a good club that is playing well.”

On Dean Wade…
“He was great. He stepped in there and came in and gave them a nice lift and made shots and was very active. He did a really good job and his activity is something that he is going to get better and better at, and I love him as a player and it looks like he is going to keep growing.”

On K-State responding after quick start…
“K-State played well. They had great energy and they fought hard. We got off to a good start, and they fought right back. That is no surprise. Coach Weber’s teams always fight hard and compete hard. They did things better than we did to win the game. If you do not play well and if you get out-fought, you are probably not going to win games in the Big 12. It is a tough lesson for us but we will have to bounce back and play better.”

Guard Buddy Hield
On having a tough time getting shots off…
“Everybody gives me a tough time getting off shots. I feel like my last two looks were pretty good and were half in and half out. Those are shots that I could have made. Everyone is going to make it tough for me. I just have to find a way to score the ball. I started attacking better late in the second half, and I should have done that earlier. I just have to do a better job. They had a great game trying to defend me.”

On Wesley Iwundu’s Defense….
“He is long and aggressive. Guys like him, you have to attack off the dribble, and I started to do that late in the second half and feeling myself a little bit. Now I know what to do when guys play like that, to stop settling and attack more.”