Postgame Quotes

Jan. 15, 2011

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Kansas State Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin

On the presence of Curtis Kelly
“It gave us our team back. But today, it was not just him. It was a group of guys committed to winning and doing things a certain way; the way we are used to doing things around here. But the bottom line is that I have done a bad job of coaching this year. I did a pretty good job earlier this season but I let this team down and that is not going to happen again.”

On freshman Shane Southwell…
“He has been really good. His growth has gone for a happy-go-lucky kid to someone who, before the Oklahoma State game started practicing consistently well and that has continued to happen. I probably should have played him in the Oklahoma State and Colorado games but I did not because I was not doing my job the right way. We have lost the last two conference games and that is not acceptable around here. We have to get it right and (Shane) has stepped up and acted like a senior and he has earned the right to start.”

On K-State’s style of play today…
“I have not done my job the right way and if you watched us close for the last three years, (the way we played today) that is how we play. We attach people. We run. We share the ball and that is what has made us a good team. I have failed this team, and that is not happening again.”

On getting his team on the same page…
“We cannot worry about Monday, next Saturday or yesterday, you have to do your job today. If you worry about today and taking care of your responsibilities today, then when the day ends, you are better. You have influenced the people around you in a positive way. So now you are better prepared because you have continued to improve. That is all I care about. I could care less about all the other stuff. We just needed to get back to doing things our way and that is what we did today. I enjoyed the heck out of the team that played this afternoon.”

On the performance of Rodney McGruder…
“He is a kid that young and makes a ton of mistakes but has a heart the size of this building. He takes an unbelievable amount of pride in doing what it is what we ask him to do as coaches. He is running around the locker room saying that he is six-foot-six because he grabbed 15 rebound today. I told him that if he is six-foot-six, then I need to make a comeback because that makes me six-foot-eight. I love coaching guys like Rodney McGruder.”

Guard Jacob Pullen
On the teams’ transition play…
“That just comes from practice. We just went to another level yesterday in practice and the energy that we had yesterday just carried over into the game. We just tried to get the ball out in transistion and not walking it up the court like we have the last two games.”

On handling point guard duties …
“I just do whatever the team needs. I was able to get off the ball sometimes but if I have to play the point for 40 minutes, it is not a problem. We just have to be energized and enthusiastic.”

Forward Jamar Samuels
On the team’s effort in yesterday practice…
“The practice that we had yesterday, we tried to get back to our mentalities and converted it over to the game today. I am just very proud of this team right now.”

On his performance today…
“I think that if I focus in practice, it will carry over into the game. We just worked extremely hard yesterday in practice because we really needed this victory.”

Texas Tech Quotes
Head Coach Pat Knight

Opening statement…
“They got the big guy (Curtis Kelly) back today and that really helps. We knew it was going to happen because Frank (Martin) has probably gotten after them the last couple days. When we watched the tape, we did not see the same Kansas State team that we saw in the preseason. They should have not gotten off to a 0-2 start in the conference. (Jacob) Pullen is too good of a player to have that happen to a team. They played tonight with a lot of intensity and got after it. I am not surprised. We warned our guys that after two games like that which they should not have lost they would come out hard and they did. I think you will see a different team from them from then on out.”

On K-State’s rebounding advantage in today’s contest…
“We are not a very good rebounding team to begin with so that does not help. They just had three or four guys on the ball at all times. We also did not shoot very well so there are more opportunities for rebounds. We have to be careful to not send everybody to get an offensive rebound which gives opportunities for a fast break. The last two games against Texas and Kansas State were against the better two rebounding teams we have seen. They just have three or four guys that are always going after the ball.”

On things getting worse before they get better…
“I thought the loss was really bad and we did not compete in the first half. They jumped on us and took the shot and we did not step up. We played better and competed more in the second half whereas against Texas, it was just two bad halves. That makes things a little better, but looking at the schedule in having to play Baylor, Texas, and Kansas State I warned the guys that things will get worse before it gets better for us. We just have to fight through it.”

On the three straight losses to open conference play…
“We are 0-3. We have to play 13 more games. It just means that we got off to a bad start in the Big 12, but overall we still have a lot more games to play in the season. It could be a wake-up call and they get their stuff together. If you get beat like we have, you hope we can run off a winning streak or it could affect us from the standpoint that it snowballs and we continue to lose. You have to be careful from a coach’s standpoint to not let these guys get too low.”

On Rodney McGruder’s 16 point and 15 rebound performance…
“He killed me. We actually wanted to play zone because we were so worried about their bigs hammering us inside. The zone was not very effective. That is what a good team does. They have good outside players and inside players. I thought he stepped up. I am not really a zone coach, but I wanted to try something different and a kid like that can kill your zone. I thought he did a good job. When we also play man, we have to worry about doubling down on the inside and now you have a threat on the outside. They have everything you need to make a pretty good run.”

Senior Guard John Roberson
On shots not falling…
You have to do a better job of screening to get people open at the same time so we can get better looks. So we will work on that, we have to keep working, it’s just a matter of fixing those things and hope nobody gives up.

Junior Forward Robert Lewandowski
On team morale…
“I think it would have been better if we had actually made a game out of this, but we did not do that. It wears on me, but we come back to practice every day, and we get done with practice and we just have to take what we practice and put it into the game.”

On rebounding…
“Rebounding is a lot of effort, it’s not a skill.  It comes with a little bit of athleticism and things like that.  You actually have to want the ball, you are not just going to be able to stand there and get the ball.  You have to want the ball, get your guy away from the basket and then go get it. So it is definitely a mentality, it’s not so much a skill.”