Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head coach Bruce Weber
About the team’s physicality…
 “We had to emphasize something, you have to build a foundation from the start of the season, we have so many new faces, and even the older guys have changed their roles. We always take a lot of pride on our defensive end and shutting down people. In the first couple exhibition games we were actually better on defense than we were in practice and they carried it into the first few games. They really didn’t do a good job against South Dakota, especially in the first half. I was worried about Missouri’s quickness, they have a bunch of combo guards that can get in the paint. We did a really good job, the coaches and the players buying in of getting off and protecting, not letting guys in the paint. They got so frustrated, we would have three guys there and they would still get in between us, and we would get a tip or a steal or something. All of the daily habits, and the guys bought in and had some pride. I thought we did okay on offense, but we didn’t make some shots in the first half, and sometimes that can affect your intensity on defense. They kept it up, but then I was worried about that second half, they came out and made a couple of shots, but we made more, then we got it going and stretched it out, then it was just a matter of getting through it. A couple of guys had 30 minutes, but for the most part hopefully we have some legs tomorrow, going into whether we play Northwestern or North Carolina.”

On the difference between the game against South Dakota and tonight’s game…
“I think it just shows you our guys we more ready to play. We lost our play hard chart, which usually its deflections, loose balls, taking charges, being in the right place, all that stuff. If you don’t win that you aren’t ready, to play. We didn’t win that, we just wore (South Dakota) down and then we picked it up the second half and shut them down and started scoring some points, I think we scored 54 in the second half the other night. Tonight, we talked about enjoying opportunity. I said ‘this is our home game,’ even though Missouri had some people here, we played her recently, this is our home game, enjoy it, have fun, be locked in and take the game to them. I thought Wes was very important for that, he played very determined, whether it was his drive to the basket, rebounding, getting put-backs, we were just hoping it was a matter of time before we got some baskets going.”

On Dean’s play so far…
“He’s a good player. He is such a good young man, I think the biggest thing, I would ask you guys a favor, he’s good, and please don’t tell him that. Let him think he’s not good. I think he will deal with it, deal with the success, he’s got great drive and great parents, they are very hard on him, which makes it easier on us, as coaches, because they stay after him pretty good. We were really on him defensive rebounding, the other night he had six offensive rebounds, coach Lowery has been on him hard, and tonight he has responded against probably bigger, more athletic guys than we had played in the previous two games, he can really shoot the basketball. It is just him realizing when he is open, and that will come, it is just a big transition from St. John, he is such a good young man and do well. In a way, like I said, he is a little naïve, which I hope we can keep him that way for a while.”

On seeing Dean’s development…
“That first game he really struggled, he was really down, and he has got to get his interview skills a little better, and the players have been on him about that. He told the coaches ‘I don’t know what I’m doing,’ there is so much new information, in high school he kind of picked and chose when he would go in that. The seniors tell him to shoot, and that kind of shows you the chemistry of the team. It is going to be a bigger challenge tomorrow, whoever we play. I was listening to one of those shows today, and next week we are at (Texas) A&M and they are one of the favorites in the SEC, and the competition is getting better and better.”

The key to one-day turnarounds…
“I think the good thing is, like I said, is we didn’t have anyone go 38-39 minutes, because that always pushes them a little beyond, we were able to keep the minutes in a pretty good number. There are a lot of families out here, so we are letting them see families, I don’t want to take that away from them, coaches won’t have a scouting report, we will go back about halftime, eat, and they have got to relax and get off their legs. Tomorrow is a lot of mental preparation, it is a fast turnaround. Our coaches all have scouts and they will make up a report on who we are playing and then we will go from there.”

On the possibility of facing former No. 1 team North Carolina…
“I’m not sure we are ready, but I hope our guys would appreciate the challenge. That is why we play in these tournaments and take these opportunities. We have a little bit of an advantage playing here, and I think that is one reason why Roy (Williams), he knew he was going to Northern Iowa, he didn’t want to play Missouri and then play us, it would have been three road games in a row, that is why I think the matchups ended up like they were. They have to take care of their business tonight, and if they do it will be a great opportunity for our guys to play a top-10 team. We are going to play a lot more, I think a bunch of them in our league are up there. And I mentioned we play A&M and we are at Georgia, Colorado State hasn’t lost I don’t think, but we can enjoy tonight. They were pretty giddy at halftime, they were pretty emotional, but I was afraid they were a little too emotional, they were pumped up. They didn’t bring it up much, but this is a rivalry that goes back hundreds of game, and they guys came out and wanted to get a win for our fans which is great.”

Freshman Dean Wade
On rebounding intensity…
“(The coaches) have been on me pretty hard lately about rebounding, and I just wanted to go out, be aggressive, box out and crash the boards. That was my main focus tonight, defensive help too, but just being aggressive and it worked out.”

On his his dunk early in the second half…
“I just tried to stay aggressive (after getting my shot blocked previously) and I didn’t want to shut down.”

On his jump from St. John’s to K-State and the success that he has seen early…
“Just the older guys leading the freshman and me, and keeping us focused. Telling us to keep our heads up when we were down, when we have off-days, just leading us.”

On the atmosphere…
“The atmosphere was amazing, they were a ton of people there, it was loud, I just tried to stay focused and do what I had to do. I am excited (to get back out there), the competition is rising, and I’m ready.”

On Dean getting into the system…
“At first it was hard, the coaches have been helping me a lot, the older guys have been teaching me a lot of new stuff, the transition has went pretty smooth.”

Junior Wesley Iwundu
On limiting Kevin Puryear’s production…
“I guess just study the scouting report heavy and, coming into a game like this, it was, I would say, a rivalry game, so you know it was a lot more focused. I felt like we had to accomplish the task at hand, and I think we did a good job of it.”

On meeting Rolando Blackman earlier in the week…
“It was great getting to meet him, you know, he’s a hall of famer, and what not, so that was very special to me. Also, getting to wear his number is an honor. He just gave us a lot of insight on playing the game of basketball. He just told us to stay focused, and do what it takes to stay ahead of the game. He is a cool dude and you can’t take that for granted, it was a really nice opportunity getting to meet him.”

On the team’s start to the season…
“You know, just the whole summer we put in a lot of work. We surprised some people to this point, but you know, we still have a lot to accomplish in the season and we still have a long way to go and I think it will continue.”

On calling this a “rivalry game”…
“I kind of knew going back, that Mizzou was a part of the Big 8, Big 12 or whatever before they left the conference. All of the fans tweeting at us before the game kind of hyped us up and gave them something to cheer about, so it hyped us up for the game.”

Missouri Head Coach Kim Anderson
On tonight’s game…
“I thought Kansas State came out and did a great job.  They did exactly what we thought they would do and played extremely hard.  They got every rebound, drove the ball to the basket, and made foul shots and that was exactly what we thought they would do.  We missed some shots early.  I thought we had some good shots early. Then it kind of snowballed from that point on.  Give them credit.  We have a lot of work to do.  We will start on that later on.”

On moving forward…
“The good thing is we play again tomorrow.  We don’t really have a lot of time to cry.  We have to come right back out and play again tomorrow.  I was not surprised at the physicality of the game.  I’m disappointed we didn’t match it.  We told them this is the game.  We had some decent looks early and we missed them.  We got to pressing.  We quit doing what we could do; what we do well.  Get the ball to the basket or throw the ball inside.  We didn’t guard and then the whole thing fell apart.”

On Wade…
“I’ve been impressed with him from day one.  Since we started preparing for them.  He brings a lot to the table.  I think he is a good player.  He had 13 rebounds tonight.  I think he played extremely well.”

On fouls…
“Everyone runs a lot of ball screens and we have to figure out how to be consistent on how we are going to guard ball screens.  We try to change things up a little bit and four guys would guard one way and one guy might be guarding another.  When that happens, usually they find the one guy who wasn’t guarded properly.  We did a poor job of helping.  Our defense was poor.  Our whole game was poor.”

On frontcourt…
“Keep putting them in there and hope one of them will mature and get better and get some confidence. Right now, we have Jakeenan, who has struggled the last couple of games and doesn’t have much confidence.  He got in foul trouble tonight.  Ryan and Russ give you some activity. D’Angelo gives you some activity, but it’s like anything else, you’re searching for production.  We will keep searching.  It’s one game.  It’s not the end of the season.”  

On bounce back…
“I hope we will bounce back and play hard.  We don’t have a lot of prep time for this game, but hopefully we’ll bounce back, play hard, and play more intelligent than we did today.  Looking at the box, 15 second chance points.  You can’t win many games like that.  We will bounce back.  Young guys.  We will give them some food and I’m sure they will be ready to come back tomorrow.”

On effort…
“I didn’t have any issues with effort.  I had issues with intensity.  We tried to warn them this is the way they play.  Every team that Bruce Webber has ever had has played this way.  You’ve got to match that.  They struck the first blow and when that happened we got back on our heels and didn’t play very well.  We got tentative and started firing up threes.  We shot 19% in the first half.  I’m sure that’s a record somewhere.”

Freshman Kevin Puryear
On team’s preparedness…
“We didn’t come out ready.  They played harder than us in all aspects of the game.  We just have to be better.”  

On college ball…
“It’s exciting, but I’m most concerned with winning.  I won a lot of games in high school and I want to continue that here.  That’s really my main focal point.  I’m not really thinking about the overall experience of college, I’m just trying to win.  That’s all I really care about at this point.”

On shots…
“We had many opportunities, but they weren’t falling today.  We have to come back tomorrow focused and ready to play, whoever we play, North Carolina or Northwestern.  We have to be ready to play hard.”