Postgame Quotes

Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber
On the 21-0 run in the first half…
“Our toughness and pride on defense is starting to evolve. I am not sure what the start was all about. We came out very flat. At that timeout, I just got after it. I told them I did not care about the offense, but our defense was letting them do whatever they wanted. We stepped it up, got after them and got stops. That is what their coach talked about. They had just gone to Southern California and controlled the game for 30-33 minutes and lost close. Then they went to Santa Barbara and won. They are a good team, but obviously they are a little road weary. I hope we had something to do with it when we turned it up and got going. They are going to be really good in their league, there is no doubt about it.”

On keeping Marcus Tyus and Tre’Shawn Thurman in check…
“[Marcus] Tyus scored 33 points against a Pac-12 school. He can play. Wesley [Iwundu] and Barry [Brown] fought each other on who is going to fight the best guy. They will be better as the year goes on. We need to do a little better on post defense with Dean [Wade] and Isaiah [Maurice] getting those ticky-tack fouls. Our emphasis was definitely on those two, though. They are going to be a good team in their league and our guys rose to the occasion. I liked our first five minutes of the second half, which we did not do a good job in our two exhibitions. Going on a 13-4 run to start the second half kind of solidified it, so we let the scouts go out and play.”

On having four people in double figures…
“I think that is our ideal situation. We had four the first game, too, along with this game. We had two games right there with eight, so we could have easily had six guys. Our versatility and balance is definitely the key. There are going to be nights where some of our guys have big nights, but the balance is going to be one of our strengths.”

On Carlbe Ervin’s performance…
“I hope it will be a kick starter for him. I felt bad for him the other day because he has worked so hard and has put a lot of time in. In my individual meeting with him the other day, he told all he wanted to do was win and did not care if he came off the bench. The key to a team is figuring out roles. A team evolves defensively with execution and discipline offensively. Carlbe [Ervin] played with a lot of pride tonight and played to win. He did all of the things that make a difference in a game, so that was good for him to let loose for now. I am not sure if he is going to have a game like this all of the time, but you feel much more comfortable with a little more versatility.”

Guard Carlbe Ervin II 
On mentality of winning….
“I am a senior now and I think a lot of young people look up to me because I know what is going on. I kind of help everybody out. I just want to do everything that coach asks us to do and help my teammates realize that what they are preaching to us is the correct way so that we can win ballgames.”

On being outscored in second half…
“We came out casual and we have got to get better at that. We work at it and we talk about it and we emphasize it every day. The first five and last five are the most important thing, so we have got to get better at it. There is not much else to say about it.” 

On ability of the team when playing at their best…
“We always had it in us. We are coming together as a unit. We are just practicing harder this year because we do not want to be losers again. It is not fun.”

Forward D.J. Johnson
On 21-0 run….
“I did not notice the score was 21-0 when I look up at the scoreboard running up and down. I think we passed the ball well. We locked up on the defensive end and I do not know how many stops we had in between that, but I am sure it was plenty.”

On having fun on the court…
“It is always fun being out on the court, especially with these guys as the clock is ticking down. You are a senior, so you only have got so many opportunities to get back out there with these guys.”

On comfortability on the court…
“I think last year I looked like I was hurting running up and down the court and now it is just kind of fluid. I am just running the ball down.”

Omaha Head coach Derrin Hansen
On playing three games in four days ….
“It is going to take a toll on you, especially when two of the teams are high majors. We probably did not have quite the same fight in the middle of the second half that we have had, but that being said, I liked extending our minutes and some of our younger guys coming in. Zach [Jackson] played well for a young kid. Getting KJ Robinson in there for some extended minutes was good. No matter who you play, you can never turn the ball over 14 or 15 times three games in a row. We have to clean that up, but if we put these two behind us we will get better from this three-game stretch.”

On first half turnovers…
“They outscored us by 14 off turnovers and outscored us by 11 on second-chance points. We have to improve on several of those things. I thought Kansas State played well minus the first four minutes. When Coach [Bruce] Weber got after them during the timeout, I thought they turned up the heat. It was something that we have not seen yet this year. We had 13 points for I do not know how long. I did not know if we were going to get off of 13. We have to get better because of it. We are ready to get home and get off our feet and we will be better because of the games we just played.”

On first half turnovers…
“I think that we have a good basketball team. I think we have a chance to have a good year. I know it was hard, but it was set up in a situation where we are going to learn a lot about ourselves. We have to play every possession. We cannot hit home runs. Give K-State credit in this game. I really like their guards. I thought they shot it well and we are going to get better because we played that basketball team.”

Guard Tra-Deon Hollins
On moving forward…
“Kansas State is a good team. They have experience and I think that we can compete with any team in the country. Whether it is the Big 12 or the Pac 12, we are ready for the challenge.”