Postgame Quotes

Jan. 28, 2012

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Kansas State Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin
On perimeter shooting…
“We only have one guy that makes perimeter shots, it is hard to win against a good team. They dug up and got after us, they made it a real physical game. Obviously we did not respond, we turned the ball over20 times. I got no problem with our fouls, they were consistent with how we prepared. We fought, we tried, we got beat on the offensive glass and our turnovers. I do not worry about too much stuff.  Our turnovers are not aggressive turnovers, they are just careless passive turnovers that lead to easy points. That is a problem. ”

On  their physicality…
“His teams are always going to be a physical team. We tried to mix and match the physicality of the game. Defensively we held our ground, offensively we did not. Their point guards do not turnover, they give their guys shots. That is my battle with my point guards right now, it is to get them to not turnover and then get shots for guys where we are trying to get shots. When it is a physical game we struggle. It is something we have to continue to work and get better on.”

On Will Spradling…
“He has been a good player for us. He has got to figure out a way to get some confidence going. We encourage him to keep shooting and be who he needs to be. That is a challenge you go through with young kids. They go through difficult moments, they have to learn how to handle that and keep their focus on the positive things.

On the last play…
“We got the shot we asked to get, that is the shot we wanted. I’d rather Will Spradling have gotten open higher up on the floor. I give them credit. They guarded, they made him catch it further away.”

On losing at home during conference play…
“You cannot lose at home. I do not care how you have to get it done, you cannot lose at home. We have been pretty good at that, it is just disappointing. I could not have asked these guys to do more to get ready for this game. They were outstanding. When the game started, it got physical. We just stopped running our offense and guys just break off and do their own thing. That is what an aggressive defense does to you, and it happened to us. We dug a hole, we battled and we could not get it done. You cannot lose at home. If you want to compete for a conference championship, you cannot lose at home. We had a great opportunity today to solidify ourselves as a top third part of the league somewhere. We gave it away. We have to come in here and work tomorrow and figure out a way to go on the road and compete with a good basketball team.”

On Iowa state…

“They are really good, they have guys that have been playing there for a really long time. Kristopherson is a fifth year senior. Allan, the transfer from Michigan State, is a fifth year senior. White is a third year sophomore. They have got guys that have been very successful at other schools. I am not surprised they are doing well. They brought those guys in last year and sat them out. Think about Dennis Clemente, when he first got here, think about Curtis Kelly when he first got here, guys that had success at other places at a higher level. They sit out, they learn your system and when it is their turn, they are mentally and physically prepared to take on the challenges of a basketball season. That is what they have got. They have got a great guy in White that is a difference maker. They have done a great job of using him.

Guard Rodney McGruder
On the current slump…
“It is something we have got to get over. We have to get our confidence back and just believe in their stroke. We just have to get in the gym and try to get shots up and see the ball go in. That is all we can do. “

On the last second 3-point shot…
“I had a clean look, I just came up short.”

On losing to Oklahoma again…
“It sucks to lose, and it sucks to lose twice. It is not a good feeling to lose at all. But, to lose to a team that came to your house and celebrated, it was not a pleasant sight to see.”

On playing Iowa State…

“We have got to be ready. They are going to be playing with a lot of confidence. We just cannot go out dwelling on this loss, we have to try to get over it and prepare for them, just be ready for the challenge.”

Oklahoma Head Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Lon Kruger
Opening statement…
“Tough, tough game obviously, but I am excited for our guys we have been working hard and making some progress, it is not only reflected in wins and losses, but I am really happy for them to come in and do some things to hang in the ball game. To make some plays and end up with a win, I told the guys after the game that the win was great, but more importantly. I thought we showed a little bit more toughness, fight and competiveness than we have. We have been growing in that area, but I am glad they showed that tonight against a club that sets the bar for toughness and good hard play in the league. Frank (Martin) does such a good job with his team so I am really happy for our guys with the outcome.”

On what it means to come back to Kansas State…
“Important, but I did not think that much about it. The players are not aware of where I went to school so it is insignificant, when the game started it was really good to see the players do what they did together and keep hanging in there. In the second half they did not have much going. Kansas State took the lead and (Steven) Pledger made a couple shots that allowed us to play with that margin the rest of the way, but it was nice to see a lot of friends, a lot of faces that are very familiar and very friendly.”

On team’s foul trouble…
“We battled a little bit of foul trouble all night, guys came off the bench and gave us some real quality minutes. I thought Andrew (Fitzgerald) and Romero (Osby) played pretty significant minutes without picking up their fourth foul, which is good and it allowed us to play a little more zone, there midway in the second half, because of foul trouble. That is part of the game, but you have to work through it and play guys off of the bench and our guys stepped up and did a pretty good job.”
Junior Guard Steven Pledger

On foul trouble …
“I went in to halftime with only one foul, so I tried to pick it up defensively. Then it cost me and my team, which led to three quick fouls, then I just had to play smart. It was then just to get in the right spots and help my team out.”

On scoring on out-of-bounds plays…
“This is just something we work on every day in practice, our sideline, out-of-bounds, and what we could work on against their defense. They like to pressure so the back door has worked. We got maybe two or three hoops off of that.”

Junior Guard Sam Grooms
On Steven Pledger’s performance …
“It was good, I felt good for him. He needed one of these games to get out of the mind set he was in. He was a little down on himself the past couple of games, but playing like this tonight and making the shots he made it was amazing to me. It was amazing for me to see him out there, coming off screen, executing plays, and making shots tonight. It was big for me to watch him, especially being a point guard, because I like to see my teammates happy. I knew he was happy tonight doing what he was doing.”

On his steal with nine seconds left in the game…
“Coach has always been screaming at me to stay engaged no matter what happens. I saw him bring the ball down after I shot, what was probably not the best shot, and I saw him bring the ball down and I was thinking in my head that I had to get the ball back in order for us to win or to put us in the best possible situation for my teammates to feel comfortable on the court. When he brought the ball down I went after it with everything that I had and it worked out in our favor.”