Postgame Quotes

KANSAS STATE POSTGAME QUOTES

Head coach Bruce Weber
Opening Statement…
“We told them it was going to be a bar room fight and that is just how it was. That is how they play. They play aggressive and foul every possession. You have to play strong, deal with it, and make your free throws when they do foul you. I thought we hung in there. We told them Texas turned the ball over 19 times and beat them by 20 points. We said we were going to turn it over, but we did not need 25 of them. It would have been nice to be around 17 or 19. I thought that would be our goal. They turned it over 20. The other part is we out rebounded them, and they are one of the best rebounding teams in the Big 12. We get 13 offensive rebounds, they get 12, but we still lose the second chance point battle 14 to 7. We had opportunities, and we did not finish. They make you play basketball. We told the guys you got to play. They make you fight for it. They make you make the next play or pass. We had to go through it and learn from it. We still had chances. It is just disappointing to lose at home. We cannot hang our heads. We have to go to Kansas on Saturday and obviously it does not get any easier.”

On his description of the type game it was…
“They had 64 fouls the other day in the TCU game. That is just how they play. Bob (Huggins) has guys, and he is getting them to play like he wants. He did not really like his team last year, and he got some guys and he rotated them. They keep coming at you. If you can deal with it, you are in good shape. I told our guys the key was going to be locking them down. I thought we did a good job defensively especially in the first half. The second half we broke down in that little stretch. I thought we were in good shape, we scored, took the lead and then we had some breakdowns. (Gary) Browne got a scuffle layup, a couple put backs, they hit a three, and that run was enough to separate the game to where we could never catch up.”

On the loss of Nino Williams…
“He only played eight minutes. He has been our leading scorer, best player, senior leader. Obviously that makes a difference. It also puts a lot of strain on Malek (Harris). We do not know. He tweaked his knee. We will find out more tomorrow what is really wrong with it. Hopefully it is not a season ending thing. I do not know right now.”

Forward Wesley Iwundu
On the speed of the game tonight…
“We were used to it so I think we sped up a little bit, but it just what they do.”

On the frustrating loss…
“A loss is always frustrating, but we got a lot of basketball in front of us. We just need to put this one past us and keep going.”

On struggles inbounding the ball…
“They just get after it. Getting the ball passed in is probably the toughest thing.”

Guard Marcus Foster
On the physicality of the game…
“It was something I have never played in a game like that before. It was like a fight. One punch was being thrown and another punch was being thrown back. It was a fight the whole game.”

On the pressure of the game…
“I would not say it wore on us. That is what they do. They are going to cause you to make turnovers in the game. You just have to keep battling.”

On Malek Harris’ substantial minutes…
“I knew he could always do it. He is a freshman so it is going to be hard coming right out of high school to college, and he is playing behind Nino (Williams). So he is learning a lot, and he is getting better every day.”

WEST VIRGINIA POSTGAME QUOTES

Head Coach Bob Huggins
On bench play…
“It has been that way all year. You play the guy with the hot hand. Tarik (Phillip) played well today so we played him more minutes.”

On K-State staying close despite the turnovers…
“Well we threw it back to them so that helped. The guy on the other bench over there knows what he is doing. The coaching in this league is incredible. They took us out of all kinds of things that we normally run. They were extremely well prepared. They are a good basketball team.”

On if Juwan Staten’s shot with five minutes left was shot of the game…
“Not with five minutes to go, no, but it was a big shot for us. I thought the play of the game was when Devin Williams ran that ball down, dove and flips it over to Gary Brown who shot a layup. I thought that was when K-State really had the momentum going. That is a great play for a 6’8” 240 pound guy to dive head long like that and flip that ball in.”

On having young players…
“We play two freshmen in our top six. I was just saying on the radio with my bigs, I got a freshman, three sophomores, and a junior and the junior had not played, so I think every minute they can get on the floor helps. I thought (Nathan) Adrian gave us more today than what he has given us, but Nate is a guy who played a bunch a year ago. Devin Williams is like our rock, and he is a sophomore who has played a year and a half of major college basketball. We are playing a bunch of guys that were not here last year, but they get better every game.”