Postgame Quotes

Feb. 4, 2012

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Kansas State Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin
On the impact of Will Spradling and Angel Rodriguez ...
“It is a lot easier, and what we tend to forget is that one is a freshman and the other is a sophomore. The sophomore (Will Spradling) tends to understand things a lot better than the freshman (Angel Rodriguez). It was good to see Angel not foul out of the game for a change. If Angel stays in the game, he can really help us with his offense and his understanding of the game. What I have told Will in the last five days is that it is not that his shot was not going in because Jacob Pullen had a game against Oregon where he went 2-for-17. But you still have to shoot and you have to trust the fact that Jamar (Samuels) and all of our other guys will go get an offensive rebound. We cannot get an offensive rebound when our shooters do not shoot the ball. When those two guys were in attack mode, which they have not been, they have kind of been holding back, that is something that takes time for these guys to continue to understand that it makes us a much better offensive team.”

On K-State’s defensive pressure...
“Going into the game, that was part of my process. Those poor guys are playing without their point guard. Will can probably tell you that is not an easy thing to do. To play without a point guard is difficult and my thought process going into the game was that anytime we had the opportunity to press them, but to press people you have to score the basketball. Your offense has to put the ball in the rim, you have to get to the foul line; you have to do all those things, which we really did not do in the first half. When we did score, it was not in rhythm. We missed a bunch of good shots early and got out of sync but we made good shots in the second half. Our guys were really good defensively in the second half, even our man-to-man defense was solid in the second half. Our ball-screen defense is better, we still made some mistakes but it was better. I am really proud of these guys from what they did today.”

Freshman Guard Angel Rodriguez
On pressure coming off of last loss…
“As a team we want to make NCAA Tournament. We lost two games, so I guess you could say there was a little bit of pressure for us. We responded in a good way and got the win.”

On today’s performance…..
“The first half is pretty much how I prepared the past two days of practice before the game. I came out flat these past two practices. Coach Brad talked to me and told me to pick up my energy level and to start making positive plays. That got me going.  I tried to be aggressive I guess I was creating good things and finishing my shots as well so the offense was good. I don’t worry much about scoring I care more about winning and playing happy, but our fans, our fans are always unbelievable it feels great to play here and I thought I finally got a good performance here the second half obviously.  Today I was very careful about the fouling. Two back to back games I fouled out. Obviously, I want to stay in the game and help the team win. I was trying to be careful today just being aggressive being disciplined.”

Sophomore Guard Will Spradling

On good night of scoring…
“Yeah definitely the only  shot I really missed was an in and out and it was still a good shot. I’m going to keep the confidence and go into practice tomorrow feeling better about myself and keep being aggressive. I am not going to relax like I did with the rest of the games where I haven’t been playing well .”

Texas A&M Player Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Billy  Kennedy
Opening statement…
“I have to give Kansas State credit, Frank has his program in good shape, they have a lot of depth. They wore us down physically in the second half. We miss some lay ups, we missed some free throws. You got to make those to beat a good Kansas State team here in Manhattan.”

His thoughts on Will Spradling…
“I really think he is the heart of their team, I like his toughness on both ends of the floor. We should have been up 8-to-10 in the first half, I thought we had opportunities to extend the lead, but Will Spradling got free and hit a 4-point play on a missed free throw by us. I thought that got them right back into the game. He is a very good player and we did not do a very good job on guarding him.”

On his first thought of Freshman Guard Angel Rodrigeuz…
“We knew he was crafty with the ball, and I thought we did good in the first half against him. We just wore down and didn’t cut the baseline with our post guys. Our post guys did a poor job of helping, but to his credit he got to the free-throw line and made a couple of tough shots.”

On K-States defensive pressure…
“We expected the pressure. They started off that way in the beginning of the game. We got up on them. We broke the pressure and got some open shots, but they physically just wore us down. We played Wednesday night and lost a tough game to Baylor. We are just a little short handed right now. That is just what K-State does to you. I was really concerned coming into the game on turning the ball over. They forced 19 turnovers. Last game we only had seven turnovers. The defense was just really good.”

Junior Guard Elston Turner
On Angel Rodriguez’s play in the second half…
“They do a great job of moving the ball, and you have to respect the ball movement. They have a wheel like offense. They have so many different options and they can come off the floor, or they can throw it to a big, or just hold it, and let the big come pick for them. There are a lot of things you can do on their offense. They have that many options. It is hard to guard players. “

On the injury of two starting players…
“It is big, you are talking about two of our starting players. When they aren’t in the game we are just on an eight to nine man rotation, and we have a lot of young players.  It is just hard, especially in this environment. It is going to be a battle and on the road you have to play 40 minutes hard and smart if you want to win.”