Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement…
“I am pleased with the guys. We played hard from the get go and got off to a good start. They are a much improved team with more weapons. Obviously somebody like [Trey] Ziegler as a fifth year guy that is a coach’s son, he knows how to play. It gives them more weapons than what they had a year ago. I thought we did a good job on their big guys. [Chris] Washburn had no field goals, [Karviar] Shephard had no field goals, and [Amric] Fields went at us a little bit in the second half but overall pretty good there. And then if you are going to tell me we are going to hold [Kyan] Anderson to eight and three turnovers – I mean, I think he even got pretty frustrated that they even took him out and put Ziegler in, which at point guard they do not do that very much. We guarded, rebounded, and played hard. Our play hard numbers were good – Nino [Williams] had 16 on that, he was very, very active. Obviously Marcus [Foster] got going a little bit. The things I had been, and the coaches had been talking to him about like getting to the basket, getting to the free throw line and varying his game a little bit, but then jump up and make a three. He has been magical from three. He continued that tonight with 50-percent, 3-fo-6. If he plays well then it helps spread the defense out and Wesley [Iwundu] can get to the hoop. Nino had pretty good numbers, but he had a couple open ones that he missed that he has been making. We still have to get the ball to Thomas [Gipson]. The guy is shooting almost 70-percent from the field and we cannot forget about him, but it helps when other guys play well so they cannot pack it in. The bench was good – limited minutes, but I thought they sustained it when they were in, which is important. It is just good to get a win against a team that has been off to a good start.”

On nervousness down the stretch…
“I was sweating. I feel bad for Jevon [Thomas]. You just hope that he makes that free throw because now you do not have to worry; you can leave him in there because we are better defensively. But, he has a tendency where he starts thinking, he breaks down on defense, he does not switch right away on the next play and we just said as a staff that until he gets confident and keeps his head poised, we have to see if somebody else will do it and get other people to the free throw line. Marcus [Foster] was good at the free throw line down the stretch. We were good enough, not great, at the free throw line down the stretch but good enough to get the win. I thought turnovers were real good in the first half. We took care of it and gave ourselves a chance. There was a little stretch there when we extended the lead up to eight or 10, and that is when Jevon threw it away, Marcus tried to split the defenders, and Marcus lost a handoff – we had three or four there. Thomas had a couple unlucky ones where a couple guys made good passes but they just went off the tip of his fingers. If we could just cut it down to where we are only having eight to 10 turnovers a game it would help us.”

On the possibility of Marcus Foster reentering the starting lineup…
“I told him today that he had two great practices Monday and Tuesday. He played hard, was active, and played like we hope he would and should. I just told him that we cannot start you; you have to earn it on the court for yourself and for our team. Obviously he had a pretty good night tonight. We need him. I told him this was not being against you, this is not our staff against you, but this is about playing hard and playing the right way, doing what we ask. I think he responded in a very positive fashion.”

On the defensive efforts of late…
“Even though we have lost those last three, Texas Southern has 52 if they do not score those points at the end, Georgia barely gets 50 and even Oklahoma State –  they have that one run and still only get 61 at home where they have been getting 75 or 80. I think we are better defensively. It gives us a chance. Obviously if we could get a little better offensively it would help.”

On making free throws in a close game…
“It is huge. Obviously if you miss them and lose the game it is a disaster. Hopefully it helps us for the future. We got Marcus [Foster] to the free throw line so that helps too, getting the right guys there.”

On the improved effort…
“Marcus [Foster] played so hard in the first half that he had to take himself out. That kind of stuff is what we have got to have. Wes has been really good. The coaches, Coach Frazier and Coach Brooks have given him a lot of personal attention. He missed two weeks of practice and it just killed him. He came into the gym and really put in some time He is going to the hoop stronger, made some big plays, and made some big free throws. We need him to do all of the little things and then even jumps up and make a three so that is a nice confidence builder for him. It would be nice if we could get him and Justin [Edwards] going. Against Texas A&M they had 18 points between them. That really helps us. Today you get nine from Wes but Justin only has one. We need at least 15-to-18 between them because that really helps us at that position.”

Forward Wesley Iwundu
On getting a needed win…
“It feels good, but we still have a lot to accomplish. We are still on a mission to win the Big 12, but this win feels good. We will enjoy this for the time being."

On importance of winning on the road…
“(We need to) just keep a positive attitude, come every day in practice and get better. (We should) buy into what the coaches are telling us, and we should take off.”

On Marcus Foster’s performance…
“I feel good for Marcus. He needed a game like this. Like I said, in order for us to be successful, Marcus must be a big part of. So him having a big game is a big confidence booster for us going forward in the Big 12.”

Guard Marcus Foster
On his main focus in the past week…
“Just getting it back, playing hard, the things I do well. When you get down to it, I got away from those things that I did last year. I am back, I got my mind is back. I think I am ready for the rest of the Big 12.”

On driving to the basket more…
“It is definitely something I focus on, and scoring more from the three. I need to get back to the basket and the free throw line and get easy ones besides just three pointers, those are a little harder to make.”

On his motivation tonight…
“I lost a little confidence in myself. I did not know what was going to happen. Either way, I just wanted to prove to myself that I am a good player and not to get down on myself. It happens to every basketball player, and to the doubters, I am not going anywhere. I may have an off week, but I am still here ready to compete for this team and win a lot of games against the Big 12.”  

TCU Head coach Trent Johnson
Opening statement…
“Well, someone woke up tonight, and I thought Marcus [Foster] played extremely well. We sort of dug ourselves a hole. They started off well at 7-0 and we had to fight our way back into this game. We got away from doing what we do well which is playing together. It is going to be tough for this group, because this league is so tough, so competitive, and so physical. You have to play outside of your comfort zone when things do not go your way. You still have to keep your poise and play basketball. I thought in the first half we were in good position only being down three, because we were really being physical, we were winning the rebounding advantage, and we were getting good shots. In the second half they took control of the glass and basically out worked us and that enabled them to get some easy looks. Our kids and our staff knew that K-State was a very good basketball team. They probably have one of the toughest schedules in the county. I know how it is to go to Maui and then come back to the states. Bruce [Weber] is a great coach and this team is going to me something to be reckoned with.”

On what K-State did defensively…
“They are good and they force you late into the shot clock. It was solid and we knew that it was going to be a grind out game, straight up man, and a hard nose team. That is why we always play them close with the exception for a few games since I have been here, but I have not looked at the tape I have to believe that Kyan [Anderson] had some open looks early. They forced us off the posts a little bit, but we were able to get the ball to the places that we needed to. We were able to make plays with contact. Trey Zigler played well. He played in the confides of what we play. They did a good job and all Bruce [Weber] teams do a good job. When you get late into a shot clock and if it is in the post or off the bounce, they are physical and they play the game the way it is suppose to be played. We got shots when we needed to get them.”

On Marcus Foster’s performance…
“Well, I do not know the kid that well, but one of the things that I had mentioned to our guys is I know the guy he plays for. Marcus [Foster] probably got away from what has made him good, and he is probably is listing to some outside voices and it was just a matter of time. He just needs to trust their system and he needs to trust who he is playing for. Marcus is a good player, he has a good team and these guys were in post-season last year. As long as he listens to, his boss, his coach, he will be fine.”

Guard Trey Zeigler
On struggles on offense…
“We just struggled offensively. Kyan [Anderson] is usually one of our scorers and he had a hard time getting going. Other guys have to find a way to step up and no one really got going.”

On K-State’s defense…
“They are defensively a very physical team. We knew that coming in. Defensively they are one of the best in our league. We expected that and we expected a physical game and they did that for the most part.”