Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
On Xavier Sneed coming off the bench…
“He did the things we anticipated he would do. He had great energy. In Europe, he made a lot of threes, he did some pretty good things, but I love what he did tonight, not the offensive part as much as seven rebounds, blocked a couple of shots, got that steal. He had a great energy burst in that one stretch, which will be great for us; he is another mixed guy for us. He gives us versatility to play some 4, we played him a little at the three. It was a good start for him. The first shot was an air ball, but then he seemed to settle down and make some plays. 

On encouraging first half…
“It was great. You shoot the ball like that, and you move the ball like that. I think that was the best thing, is that we moved the ball so well, and that’s something we have worked on and talked about since this summer: moving the basketball to get open shots, putting defenses in binds. I think now the next step is we got to learn how to cut and set screens, not just the ball screens, not just the ball movement, not just the transition, but you have to get the halfcourt offense to execute better.”

On start of the game…
“I think we had a really good start. The first half, the only thing was the rebounding, they had those second chance points that kept them in the game. Second half, we were off to a good start , like I said, maybe my fault we subbed too much too early, but our goal was to keep everyone under 20 minutes. ” 

On Carlbe Ervin II…
“He’s fine. I went to the doctor after we talked to the team and he was getting checked out. He jokingly said that they do a pretest at the beginning of the year for a concussion and have a posttest. He said he actually got smarter by getting hit, so he did better on his test. I hope he is okay. We will see tomorrow if he comes back with a headache or not. I hope not. He busted his butt, Xavier [Sneed] gave us great energy, but I’ve said that Carlbe is our most improved player.”

On three point shooting…
"I think if we move the ball well and get it to open people I do not mind shooting. Obviously we were the worst in the league last year. We have worked at it, w have added Xavier who is a good three-point shooter, Wes [Iwundu] hit that first one, I do not know if he got another one, maybe later. We score 85 and Wes never really got involved in it. A couple nice passes doing some things. You know he is going to be a more focal point. We told Dean [Wade], go shoot 25 threes, he makes 19, 20. He has got to be in rhythm, feel confident, and if he misses one it is okay."

Sophomore Forward Dean Wade
On 3 point shooting…
“My teammates gave the ball to me when I was in rhythm. They drug it out and I just popped from anywhere that was open”

On his favorite part of the game…
“I just love the beginning of the game so much energy everybody has got the nerves going. Some positives of that game were that we played hard and were about to get everyone minutes” 

Freshman Forward Xavier Sneed
On playing his first college game….
“It was great, I am still just trying to figure out what I do on the team.” 

On evaluating his first performance…  
“I think I had a pretty good game energy wise, it is what I bring to the team. Offensively I got a couple of shots down and tried to get a couple of stops defensively as well.”

Pittsburg State Head Coach Kevin Muff
On overall performance…
“I thought K-State, Coach [Bruce] Weber, and his staff did a very good job with exposing us defensively early in the game. They did a nice job, they knocked down shots and I give them credit. They shoot 80 plus percent in the first half, and made us get back on our heels. To our guys credit I thought we did a good job. “

On the second half….
“We challenged them in the locker room. I thought we played a little scared and maybe a little intimidated by the environment and their size. We are not a very big team but we showed them a little bit of toughness and that is what we hang our hat on. We are not going to be the best executing team, I think we can be a better defensive team than we were tonight. We did some good things but we just have to make sure that we are ready to play.”

On K-State defense…
“This is a brand new offense and I am not making excuses but we do not have all of our counter stuff in and when they start switching stuff, it really causes problems. They really got out and kept the ball from being reversed. We had a couple of counters that we put in and got some looks off of it.” 

On playing K-State…
“I think it is great to see somebody else for K-State, to get a chance to play against different competition. For us, playing against them, that kind of size is a huge thing for us. For us it is a confidence builder, it is tough and it kind of unifies us as a team and just playing in a great atmosphere. Playing against guys who are extremely talented, a well-coached team and we are very blessed that Coach Weber has us here and we do not take that for granted.”