Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head coach Bruce Weber
On winning early games…
“It does not help us as a coaching staff. I was a little bit afraid of this. I put character, discipline and emotion on the board. I think everything the other night was so smooth and so pretty that we probably were not cut in mentally. I told them that we cannot leave for New York until tomorrow and to make the most out of today. We have to adjust to how teams guard us. The other day we were able to pick it apart, but today they were very much in the lane. We had to keep moving the basketball and making different cuts. A lot of things did not work, but our guys kept guarding which is positive. That shows some character.”

On preparation for New York…
“Tomorrow morning we will have a little bit of weights and some stretching. We will do some walkthrough for Boston College. We will shoot some more free throws. [Dean] Wade must not have shot enough the other day. Then we will hop on a plane and get to New York and go eat dinner. We are going to walk Times Square and let them see that. Thursday, we will have practice and then Thanksgiving dinner and preparation for Friday and Saturday. I think the big thing that we have emphasized is that we are going there to win. We are going to win a championship, but you cannot win a championship until you win the first one. We have to go take care of business and come with great energy against Boston College.”

On Dean Wade…
“I thought the other night he did some good things too. He had rebounds and led us on the play hard chart. That is all I have told him to focus on. I want him to focus on things that he can control every day. You can always rebound, guard people and dive on the floor. Him and D.J. [Johnson] have been great with that, especially the last couple of games. I told him that this is about him. He has got to work things out for himself. Last year, as a freshman, I yelled at him and hugged him. Now, it is up to him. Dean, you are a good player. Come be a good player every single day. It does not mean you have to be a superstar, but be a good player every day. I hope he is getting to that point.”

Sophomore Forward Dean Wade
On playing with energy…
“I felt like I was letting my team down by not playing aggressive. I wanted to come out and play as aggressive as I could, but still be smart and not be overly aggressive and turn the ball over. My main goal was to play aggressive and help my team.” 

On improving offense…
“I think we need to attack the paint a little more. We need to get more layups to help our percentage out. Once we attack the paint and the defense collapses, we can kick out for open shots.”

On playing in Barclays Classic this weekend…
“I am pretty excited. We just need to stick to what we have been doing. We have to buy in to what coach is saying and we will end up playing the same. The court is the same. There is a ten foot rim still, so we will be fine. I am excited to play more of a road game. It will get the new guys a little more comfortable playing away from home. It is always fun playing in new places.” 

On approach for this game compared to first few this season…
“I tried to be aggressive in practice and stay positive. I got in the gym a little bit, talked to coaches and watched film. I decided that if I am not going to make an impact scoring wise, I can go for other things like rebounding, defensive stops and assists.”

Senior Forward D.J. Johnson
On slow play after first run…
“I think we stopped doing what we did initially and that is running offense. Our defense was there, but we got a little carless with the ball. During that little spurt that they had a couple turnovers, we just started floating off and doing our own thing instead of sticking to the system.”
On playing in Barclays Classic this weekend…
“I kind of compare it to being at a neutral site like Kansas City. Hopefully, we get a lot of fans to show up. I know we have a lot of families traveling. We just have to stick to the system and do what we do to be successful. I feel like we have been successful being 4-0 and we just need to stick to that system. If we do that, we will end up where we want to be Saturday night.”

Robert Morris Head coach Andrew Toole
On the overall performance…
“We got off to such a slow start and turned the ball over way too much in the first half. We were never able to get out of that hole. Kansas State makes it very difficult on you to be able to get clean shots. You have got to be able to make quicker decisions, be strong with the ball and execute better. That is where we fell apart. I thought our guys continued to compete, but we missed a bunch of easy shots at the end of the first half and to start the second half. Maybe if we make those, the game becomes a little different. That is just not how it went tonight.”

On rebounding…
“I think Aaron Tate basically outrebounded K-State. He is a senior and he plays incredibly hard. We challenged our guys to respond at halftime. He had six rebounds in almost the first two minutes of the second half. Those are the kinds of efforts that we expect from Aaron. It is what he gives us night in and night out. That is why he is such a valued member of our team. We had some guys that were working on the glass and that is part of what you are supposed to do. We have got to make some shots on top of that.”

On learning from a game like this…
“There is a lot to learn. We are constantly talking to our guys about being able to make quicker decisions and being able to handle the pressure that a team like K-State puts on you. We have got to get better at it and learn from it. We have to be able to adapt to it and be able to think at this pace of the game. We have to be able to make decisions at this pace of the game. We were not able to do that tonight. We will watch that tape and it will be a good learning experience for those guys that think they are ready and who think they know what is going on. It is obviously an eye opener for them.”