Postgame Quotes

KANSAS STATE POSTGAME QUOTES

Head coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement…
“Our guys fought and battled. Obviously we had a lid on the hoop, and we are not the best offensive team. We did little a better job at the zone, and we just could not get shots down. We changed defenses. Tre (Harris) went in and made some shots which brought us back in it at half time. We had good momentum coming into the second half, but you have to give a lot of credit to Texas. They had a lot of good open shots. Obviously Taylor is really good and so was (Kendal) Yancy, who has not made a three in the league. They put us in a bind to get out, but our guys did not quit. Tre gave us a chance but Nigel’s (Johnson) shoulder has been bothering him. Tre told me last night that there was only a ten percent chance that he would even play today, but he made some big plays for us and gave us a chance. We are disappointed because we worked so hard, but we did not have enough there to pull out the victory. All we can do now is help out the guys and pull forward. We had an unbelievable crowd. They stuck with us, but I understand that it was hard. We were not making shots, but they were great. We just have to help each other and keep working at it and see how to get a victory sooner or later.”

On choosing Thomas Gipson over Nigel Johnson in last possession...
“It was just a little play where you have Nigel with the ball screen and you have the shooter (Tre) who they were sticking with obviously. Nigel coming off of it and the group decides we are going to get it down to Thomas. The big guys bodied him a little bit, so Thomas had a tough day because of their size. The crazy thing is that last year he dominated at their place and it was one of the best games of his career. I think with the zone, we just did not adjust. It was a little disappointing because we kept telling him (Thomas) that you have to penetrate and make the next pass. A couple of guys, including Wesley, just could not figure it out. You always wish for your senior to make a play.”

On what it is like playing short-handed…
“It is not easy and like I said, I give credit to Texas because they have lost four in a row. They played Jordan Barnett who had not played much. He did not get much done, but they used everyone. They got enough plays and (Connor) Lammert made big plays for their guys. Yancy made big shots and obviously Taylor is a special player. It was a good win for them. With us, all you can worry about is what you have and trying to make the most of it. The most disappointing thing for me was our body language. If you do not make a shot, so what! Keep enthusiastic and help each other. Help each other through tough times. I am always begging them for energy and passion. If you do not make shots you do not feel good about yourself but that is life. You just have to get up the next day and perform and do it with enthusiasm. I do not sleep, but I have to get up the next day and help them out and they have to help each other out, hopefully here in the next three days.”

Forward Nino Williams
On the size of Texas…
“I do not think it was too tough. I just think the shot clock violation and averaging seven blocks per game as a team is a tough team to go up against. We have not gone up against size like that. They all took more shots and blocked seven. It is tough going up against a team like that with Thomas [Gipson] hurt. Thomas going 0-7 had a tough time scoring against them even though he has played really well in previous games against them. They all took a lot of jobs and they are big, but we have to do a better job of finishing.”

On the level of frustration…
“The level of frustration is high. We should have won the game and now we are 12-12 and 5-6 in the league. There are just a lot of things, and we just need to finish out strong. I always say this is a good league, so winning games in this league can give us a chance to do anything. We have got to go to the next game and not worry about this game because it is over. It happened, and we just need to worry about the next game which is West Virginia.”

On two players being benched…
“It is frustrating for me because it is my last year. I have not lost this much probably since, I cannot even remember. It is frustrating and I hate losing. Their actions do not define our team. It is just self-inflicted things that we are doing that have been costing our team from the beginning of the season. It is just guys making bad decisions and not acting right, and we have got to do what we have got to do and learn and grow from our mistakes.”

TEXAS POSTGAME QUOTES

Head Coach Rick Barnes
On Prince Ibeh…
“He was terrific, and in the zone. When he is dialed in there, he is terrific. He was really, probably, the key in the second half in terms of the way he controlled things on the other end. I think they called us for three goal tends, which we are going to make blocks and go after plays. Prince was terrific.”

On team overcoming adversity…
“I am not surprised with my guys. I am not. Think about what we have dealt with this year. We lost Isaiah (Taylor), Jon (Holmes), and Jevon (Felix), not to mention the number of days in practice when we had to play with eight guys, nine guys. I thought we communicated, and even in the first half, I thought we were terrific and then we turn the ball over and they capitalized which teams are going to do. They were dialed in. We talked about a lot of things and did not have a lot of time to practice because of the grind we were in the other night with guys playing 40 plus minutes. The only thing we did not do is we did not want to put them on the free throw line like we did and that is them doing a good job of getting there.”

On size of their zone…
“We are a long team. Our zone has been good. We have won four conference games, and we played zone every minute of those games with the exception of the last two minutes here today. With Jon Holmes back there, we are even bigger. At one time today, it was as big as it has ever been because of the foul trouble with (Kendal) Yancy and (Demarcus) Holland. We knew we would play Conner (Lammert) at the three, and Conner is a really key guy for us because he can play pretty much anywhere on the floor and that is when we had Barnett up front and he is 6-5. You think about his (Lammert) 6-9 on one wing and 6-10 on the other and 6-5 guy up front and Taylor is 6-3 but it is big. Length is an important part about it and it is just a big zone.”

Guard Isaiah Taylor
On free throws…
“In the last game, I will just point out that I missed a free throw to go into overtime to close the game out in Texas, but I missed two here and my teammates knew that I wanted the ball back in my hands. They got me the ball fortunately, and I knocked two more down. It is just the confidence the coaches and my teammates have in me.”

On a much needed win…
“We played desperate. I think today we did not get down on ourselves. Everyone played with an attitude that was the kind of cockiness that we needed to win today, and I think that is what we do.”

Forward Connor Lammert
On the team effort…
“It is definitely a great feeling in the locker room not just because we won, but we feel like everyone on the team contributed. Once we get Javan [Felix] back, we are going to pick up right where we left off in this game. Sure we had some turnovers that led to them making some key runs, but that is just part of the game. Coach talked to us and said each game could come down to one or two possessions. Thankfully, Isaiah (Taylor) knocked down those two free throws and got open when we did not have any more timeouts.”

On Prince Ibeh’s game…
“I believe we have guys who can step up, but Prince had a great game. I feel like if Myles (Turner) was in that position or Cameron (Ridley) they would do what needed to be done to win. You have to give Prince credit. He earned it today because of his defense, and he was able to give Isaiah some assists on some dunks. Prince is key for us, and we need that from him each game.”