Postgame Quotes

Jan. 7, 2012

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K-State Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin
On today’s game...
"I am proud of these guys. When you get embarrassed, one of two things happens to your team. You can either come apart at the seams or those seams can get tighter. I told the guys before the game that it is hard to be healthy physically when you are not healthy mentally and we were not healthy mentally going into the Kansas game, and that got exposed. These guys were off the charts and getting their teammates ready for the last two days. Our attention to detail in practice these last two days was once again good. Missouri is really good, they have the ability to score at a high, high level. Today they just missed some shots, but I think that had to do with the fact that our discipline on defense early in the game never allowed them to get in rhythm. Good players like to get in rhythm and when they get rhythm it is hard to get them out of it. You have to love the Big 12. We went on the road and played a top 15 team, come home and play the seventh team in the country and then enjoy this a lot before playing, before playing the fourth team in the country. You got to love this league."

On his team’s intensity level...
"That should not fluctuate. If you have watched us play within the last five years, people who follow basketball say that K-State is the hardest team in the country. People do not say that because you play hard every once in a while. They say that because you play hard all the time. We did not play hard against Kansas, we did not do our jobs. They are kids. What are we supposed to do, dwell on the negative? Or dislike them? No, it is our job to refocus them and make them understand what helps us to succeed, I told them that if you needed me to come in and scream in practice the last two days then we are not a very good basketball team. We watched [the Kansas game] tape, they saw themselves, they know what we practice every day, they saw the plays that we got beat on and they know that we were out of character there. We refocused and we were back in character today."
 
On facing Baylor after today’s win...
"We have had big wins earlier this year and we have responded well. We went through a difficult moment there, and Kansas exposed us for not being as sharp as we need to be. UConn just won a National Championship and they just went into Seton Hall and got beat. It happens, it is conference play on the road, it is crazy. You never know what is going to happen. You have to protect your home court and we did that today. Now we have to go get ready and protect it again. You have to be tough as nails and disciplined as nails to win on the road in conference play."

Sophomore guard Will Spradling
On the last two days of practice...
"These were the two most difficult days of practice, we really got after it. We competed and we held each other accountable, which we were not doing before. That toughness that we had in practice, we brought that to the game. I felt like Missouri has not seen a team that has got up and pressured them like we did today."  

On Missouri’s play...
“They really like to move the ball and when we got up in the passing lanes, they just went to pick and roll and we did a good job of defending the pick and roll and the ball. Jordan (Henriquez) did a great job of defending the rim today and Jamar (Samuels) had a couple big blocks, too. When they did break us down they were not getting layups like KU did against us."

Junior guard Rodney McGruder
On his aggressiveness...
"It was just a different mindset that I had going in to today’s game, just trying to attack the rim and not settle for the three so much."

On Wedensday’s loss…
“We did [take the loss personally] and the coaches were on us a whole lot in practice and we watched a lot of film on the game and guys were embarrassed. We just came out here and worked hard today.”

Missouri Quotes
Head Coach Frank Haith
Opening statement…
“Obviously, this is a tough game for us. They physically kicked us. I felt that the paint points, rebounding, their physical nature and our inability to shoot the ball well affected us on the defensive end. For the first time all year, we did not defend the way we needed to. Give K-State credit; they attacked us and came after us. I felt that we did not respond very well. In the second half, we got some shots. We got some looks that just did not go in. We are going to have nights like that. I felt that we did not do what we needed to do on the defensive end to stay in the ball game. We did not shoot the ball well, and they got us in the paint.”

On how he feels playing in Bramlage one last time before going to the SEC…
“I have been in this building before. It is a great place and there is tremendous energy here which makes it a tough place to play. They get the energy that they need to win at home. It was a good night for them.”

On matching K-State’s intensity…
“They were up one on us. I do not think we’re where we needed to be in an intensity stand point. We started the game on the first four possessions. I think we turned it over three of the four times. We did not turn the ball over that much all year. I want to give K-State credit because they were up the line and did some great things defensively. We took some gambling passes to start the ball game; we will learn from that. We will put that in the bank and understand execution to play that way all the time.”

Senior Guard Marcus Denmon
On the Wildcat defense…
“Like coach said, give credit to Kansas State. They did some things well defensively. A lot of it we feel that it was stuff we did. We were not efficient with our cuts and getting open for the point guards. It is something that we are going to have to work on. “

On how they did with Ricardo Ratliffe on the floor…
“When you guard a guy like Ricardo who scores inside as well as his rebounding, obviously without him on the floor, it hurts us. Rebounding is the place we feel Kansas State won the battle inside. I feel with Ricardo on the floor, it would have helped us out. Other guys came in and fought.”

On their shooting…
“We were still able to penetrate. I just think that shots did not fall at the rate that they usually fall. Like I said, we will just continue to work, and get ready for the next one.”

On Missouri’s defensive effort…
“For one, it is hard to get your defense going when you are not scoring. Even though we are not scoring, we still want to try and focus in on stops on the defensive end. We could not get rebounds or stops.”