Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
On final seven minutes of the first half….
“I think we just relaxed and that was the thing we talked to them about. We had got off to a good start. It was a tough game. This is the game stuck between some big games in Brooklyn and after the disappointing loss to Maryland. You saw Maryland had a celebration hangover and just laid an egg. Now you know we have the other kind of hangover and that is what I kind of challenge them on. I thought we had a couple nice runs. We just got a little casual and then the way they play, they just keep coming at you. It is a different style. He has had success at the division two level. He had success last year and the style is just different. We probably did not have enough time to prepare and know what they were going to do. They said we are going to go trap you and make plays. We turned it over too much down that stretch and got a little casual on defense. They keep coming at you, but I thought second half started great. Dean [Wade] got some rebounds and got some put backs. He was aggressive which was important for us. I thought Carlbe [Ervin II] came in and gave us great minutes again. He did not play real well in Brooklyn. I said ‘Carlbe, the last time we played in Bramlage you played great. Everyone told you that you played great, but you have got to stay the same. You have to do what you do. You are fine, just play your role. You do that and you are going to be successful.’ Tonight, I thought he was really good for us. He was active, made good passes and he gives us more depth. We had four guys in double figures and I think two with eight. I keep talking about six guys in double figures. That is the kind of versatility we should have. The 20 assists is good. You have to adjust to how people play you. We forced some things. We could have made easier passes, but it is a good game for us.”

On Barry Brown…
“He is the guy who has been the most consistent and been in the gym the most. I do not know if he will be in there tonight, but almost every night he is in there. That is why he is making shots. I have told him that he should be shooting about 85 percent, but sometimes he does those double pumpers. He takes some tough shots, but you know he has shot the ball well. The floor game was a little better overall today. It was not perfect. He made a couple bad decisions. He wants to guard people, he has great endurance and he is a good player. I hope it continues.”

On team’s energy…
“I thought the energy in both halves was good. I just did not like the little casual ‘killer instinct’ that I said with about nine minutes left. I wish we had a little more killer instinct, but I thought if you guys were not there in Brooklyn, it was a high level game. We played our hearts out and that was a good sign. Now we have to see what we can do Saturday night in St. Louis.”

Sophomore Guard Barry Brown
On consistency…
“I have been getting to the gym a lot. I think last year I was not getting to the gym as much. It has been a lot of trying to get in-game shots up and trying to stay consistent for my team because we need that.”

On Green Bay’s defense…
“They trapped us in the half-court. They did not really trap us in the full-court like coach said they would. Trapping in the half-court was something that both West Virginia and Texas did last year when we played them.”

On improved three-point shooting…
“We just got in the lane, kicked it out and kicked it out again. We made a lot of hockey assists. We were able to get a lot of open shots. We shot a lot of contested threes in the last few games and were just jacking them up. I feel like I had a lot more open shots this game.”

Freshman Forward Xavier Sneed
On returning home to St. Louis…
“It is going to be nice to see family and friends, but I still have to go in there and play hard. This is going to be our first official away game, so we have to be prepared. I expect it to be very hype for them, especially because we are a Big 12 school coming in. I believe the game probably will be sold out, so we have to go in there with great energy and play hard.”

Green Bay Head Coach Linc Darner
On struggles shooting from the field…
“I think their defense had a lot to do with it. We cannot match their length and size in practice. We are shooting over 6-foot-7 to 6-foot-9 guys. We do not have a lot of those guys to play in practice and it is one area where we have really struggled this year. If you look at our losses, we have not shot the ball very well. I told our guys at halftime that we missed four point-blank layups and we had 10 turnovers. If we make our layups and take care of the ball, we would probably be in the game right now. We would probably be ahead. It is something we have got to get better at right now, but I think their size and length had a lot to do with that.”

On Turner Botz performance…
“I thought he played well. We know what we are going to get with Turner [Botz]. He is going to play hard all the time and give us 110 percent. I thought for the most part we did some good things. When you cannot score, it is really hard sometimes.” 

On takeaways from performance…
“I think we got them to throw the ball away a little bit. We had not trapped much this year. I think we got some traps and we were able to get them to turn the ball over. Hopefully, we can build on that.”