Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement…
“There is so many guys you can compliment obviously, Xavier (Sneed) four for five from the three and then you got D.J. who probably if I gave a game ball I would give it to D.J. cause they cut it to eight and I said hey it is 0-0 now you have to grow up as a team and see what you do and execute and you know I thought we had great execution and stops on defense, D.J. had some blocks and rebounds, twelve rebounds and he lead us in the play hard with fourteen so I thought we grew up a little as a team, I thought it could have been stronger. I thought it could have been stretched out a little bit more in the first half if we would have been a little more efficient on offense. I thought we had too many one pass or no pass possessions and I thought Kamau second half was very efficient, made some shots and had five assists and one turnover, just a lot of people that did well.

On Barry’s mentality….
“The thing I like is he has been very efficient. You go seven for eleven, two for two, two for three, six rebounds, three assists, you know and I thought sometimes he needed to pass the ball a little quicker that is where we got stagnant but I have said it to you guys, we have a lot of guys who have played well but Barry has probably been the most consistent day in and day out and he loves it, he is in the gym, he has put more time in the gym and he is taking care of his body better and he has played well.”

On the team’s ability to shoot three’s…
“You guys have asked me, “Are we a better three point shooting team?” and I do not think there is any doubt. We have more guys that can shoot it. I think the biggest key was, they were open three’s. When we move the ball and work it and I have told you we are versatile we have a lot of versatile pieces and when you do that (keep moving the ball and get open shots) we have the guys that are going to make them. And I do not think there is any doubt about that. Now, to go seventy one percent I do not know if we are going to be that every night obviously we cannot lead the nation but I think we are a better team from a year ago, we were last in the big twelve, now I don’t know if we will be first but I think we are going to be up in the top five, if we run offense effectively.”

Sophomore Guard Barry Brown

On his and team’s performance tonight…
“I was just moving around getting the ball and kicking it out to my teammates. We wanted to set the tone for the first game of the season. We are a good team and we have to let people know that by coming out strong and punching them in the mouth.”

On teams second half run...
“I think Coach [Bruce Weber] just got us going. Going into the season he said we have to have that leader on the team that is in the game to step up and get us going.”

On leadership during the game…
“I think Wesley did a good job, he even got subbed out and was still in the huddle and pumping everybody up saying lets go.”

On moving forward…
“I am just going to continue to work and try to do whatever I can to help my team. Maybe next game it will be assists, rebounds and playing good defense."

On Xavier’s future…
“I feel like Xavier has definitely contributed very well. I feel like he can definitely help us down the road in conference play. He can be that force off the bench when us five starters are lacking energy." 

On 3-point shooting in the second half…
“In the first half it was just a lot of one on one ball where in the second half we slowed the pace down and executed a lot of plays. We were able to move the ball around and find the wide open man.

Freshman Forward Xavier Sneed
On his first game official game…
“I had a little problem sleeping last night. It was a great experience I played pretty good and I just had a good time out there.”

On dunk in first half…
“It was good for the team we needed some energy and that’s what I needed to bring off the bench. It was also good for me to get me in rhythm as well. It got the rest of the team enlighten and helped spark a run.”

Western Illinois Head Coach Billy Wright
On their play…
“I thought for the most part we were prepared. I thought that going in to the game we had to do three things. We had to take care of the ball, rebound the ball and get back on defense. When the game opened up, we were not rebounding. They go some run outs. I think they had 17 points in transition and 10 points from offensive rebounds. The things that we identified that were key to the game, we did not do them well enough. Coach Weber does a great job. His kids are tough and we just cannot have that many mistakes.”

On last ten minutes…
“At halftime we switched up our ball screening action and it really put us in situations where we got the roll guy and our guys got to the free throw line and hit some shots. I thought the first ten minutes of the second half we did a really good job of limiting them to one shot. That was really how we fought back in the game, by getting defensive stops. They are a great ball club. They are big and physical. They just kept coming at us. I think their size was the difference on the glass. We cannot turn the ball over and give them the opportunity to go score off of it.”

On young K-State guards…
“They were about who we thought they would be. They are big, physical guards who can score from the perimeter and also take you off the bounce. I thought their guys did a really good job of mixing it up and not getting three-ball happy. To their credit, they kept attacking, making smart basketball plays and finishing at the rim. I thought the bigger, more physical team won the battle of the boards and turnovers and that was the difference in the game.”