Postgame Quotes

KANSAS STATE POSTGAME QUOTES
Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement…
“We put a lot of energy into the Columbia game, and I thought our guys came out and played with that energy right from the get-go. We knew that the Kansas City trip is right on the other side of this. We have talked about being focused and being ready, and I do not think we were at the start. They kind of took us, and we did not see the ball and we let them get into the paint. They controlled the game at half and finally as the game went on we got the ball inside and we got to the free throw line and made our free throws. Some guys stepped up. Obviously, Barry [Brown] had a phenomenal game, got going and got some energy. Justin [Edwards], after coming off the best game of his career, was just standing straight up and was not energized, and then he came back with six straight rebounds to get us going and had a great spurt with Barry [Brown]. Slowly but surely we are making some progress and now we are going to Kansas City and leaving the comfort zone of playing here, and we have got to get ready for a big opportunity. We have the rivalry game with Missouri in a great venue and on national television. I hope our guys are excited and ready to go.”

On the shooting of the team…
“I think our unselfishness is the thing that creates points. We get stops. In the first half, they beat us on fastbreak points 11-2. We had talked about how that is one of our strengths, but if we cannot get stops then we cannot get transition. Finally, we got some stops and the second half we got some transitions and got to sharing the basketball. We have got to get a little more consistent with the three. We cannot be 25 percent and expect to beat good people.”

On having three different leading scorers…
“We had four in double figures tonight and five the other day. I talk about unselfishness and enjoying each other sharing the basketball. Barry [Brown] has been one of the best scorers for two of the games and one he has not. Wesley [Iwundu] was for the first two games, and now was not this game. Other people have to pick up the slack and that is part of adjusting within the game. You have to go with what they give you and then exploit it.”

Freshman Guard Barry Brown 
On getting out of a slump…
“I just told my team that coming off of the bench, I have to have that energy just to pick them back up. I hit some big shots, we got some momentum going and it carried over to the second half.”

On consistency of the bench….
“I am taking a good amount of shots, so I have been in the gym lately trying to stay consistent. I had 17 points the first game and two the last game. I think I just need to grow more as a player.”

Senior Guard Justin Edwards 
On second half mentality…
“In the locker room coach was on me and told me that I needed to pick it up. I was kind of in the Columbia mindset on defense, just sitting in the lane not trying to get back-doored. He just got on me to be more aggressive and do our principles that we normally do and I think that ignited a flame.”

On scoring this year versus last year….
“It is definitely a different feel from what I scored last year. I have a bigger role this year and I am still adjusting to that role. I am just trying to help my team out however I can.”

SOUTH DAKOTA POSTGAME QUOTES
Head Coach Craig Smith
Opening statements…
“First of all, Kansas State is a very good team, very well coached. A lot different team than last year, but it is easy to see just, watching both exhibition games and first two regular season games, they are playing well as a team. They play well together. Wesley Iwundu is a heck of a player. He is a guy that when I was an assistant at Nebraska, we offered and recruited and he was set for an official visit and then we took someone else. We made a mistake there, but he is like Scottie Pippen out there, but he is a triple-double guy. Any given night he can make a lot of plays for others, and get to the rim. He has really expanded his game. They just have a lot of different guys. The freshman (Dean) Wade is going to be a heck of a player, but they are good. They are good defensively. Just look at their numbers. The biggest thing going into the game, we did a good job in the first half, but obviously it is a 40 minute game, not 20. They have some staggering number. I know it is early so the sample size is not perfect, but they offensive rebound 45 percent of their missed shots. They are averaging 18 offensive boards a game. We did a great job in the first half. Through the two exhibitions and two regular season games, they scored 23.5 points directly off of their defense, forcing turnovers and going back the other way. Just taking care of the basketball was huge for us. We were going to try to make them a jump shooting team, that is why we were going under every screen, but give them credit. They got downhill on us big time in the second half, and even when they missed shots at the rim, we always say any shot at the rim is a good shot because it just opens up offensive rebounding lanes. They just kicked our rear end from that aspect. We live and we learn, and we move forward. I think K-State is going to have a heck of a season.”

On Shy McClelland suffering from cramps…
“That hurt us. He has to take better care of himself. No one else is cramping up. That certainly hurt us. He is a junior college transfer. It is his fourth game in a USD uniform, and he really did a good job in the first half of attacking off of the screen and roll and really made great decisions off of it. He is a very good passer, a willing passer, and one thing we talked about after the first weekend that we had is that he needs to be more of an assertive scorer, playmaker for us. I thought he did an excellent job tonight doing so. One thing we say on film was we thought we could get them late at times on screen and roll, just kind of hold them and then find our big man late in the roll, and we hurt them a couple of times early. (Dan) Jech had, I think, two buckets off of that, and Eric Robertson had one or two of those times. Shy found them. We need to continue to have him do that because we are going to be a team that can really grind on the offensive end. We are not real explosive as you saw, particularly in the second half, so we need to keep moving forward that way.”

Senior Guard Casey Kasperbauer
On how the game played out… 
“I thought we were the aggressor to start the game and as the game went on I think their length bothered us. We knew, based on the scouting report that we were given, that they were going to get out in the passing lanes, get out and guard us and pressure us, and they did that but the bottom line is that 
we could not get stops in the second half. I do not remember which media, I want to say the under 12, I think we had stopped them three times out of 17 at that point.”

On Barry Brown…
“He was one guy we were worried about, as far as shooting the ball. One of the points of emphasis the coaches gave us before the game was to make them a jump shooting team, and he was quick to add that Barry Brown was a very good shooter.”

Senior Guard Trey Norris
On how the game played out…
“To start the game out, we jumped on them pretty quick. Our defense was solid. It was just that second half. We stopped following coaches rules and they just took advantage on the offensive end.”

On Barry Brown…
“He is a good player. I guarded him a lot in the second half. He likes to run off screens, and he has a nice, little quick jump shot. He gives them a scoring threat off the bench for sure. He had a good game.”