Postgame Quotes

Feb. 14, 2012

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Kansas State Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin
On second half play…
“We just made shots, you have to make shots. You have a team like Kansas, you get a crowd, you have to make it. We are 7-of-31, with eight turnovers at halftime. Since we were 7-of-31, with eight turnovers, you are lucky to be in the game with any Big 12 team, let only any Top 5 team in the country. I told our guys if you have an open shot, you have to take it. We made some shots, gave ourselves a little life and then self-destructed.”

On Jamar Samuels…
“Jamar is one of my guys. He is awesome. I have done him a disservice and not run enough basketball plays for him.  I have tried to change that in the last 10 days, and I have tried to do some stuff to create opportunities for him. Jamar could ask me to jump off of a cliff for him, and I would do it. The growth that he has shown over the last four years is what I hope for my kids during their college careers.”

On  Kansas’s defense…

“Those junk defenses, in a nice way, are made to get you to stand around. When you have guys that do not know what to do against it, you have to run a different offense. When you come off of a timeout and still do not run the right offense, they accomplished their mission. They slowed us down, and that is not on our kids it is on us. We have not done a good enough job on spending enough time preparing for this. Earlier in the year, (Texas) Tech used it, and we diced it up and made shots. They only do that to us when Shane (Southwell) is in the game. Shane has to become more proficient as a player. That defense was designed to try to take away the guys you have on defense that get you into offense. It gets you to be passive and that is what it did to us. We got passive.”

On K-State’s hard fought defense…
“Defensively, we played with fight and discipline. We did not commit a lot of silly fouls. We contested a lot of stuff. Our turnovers are our weakest link. People are going to look at that statistic and think they only turned it over 11 times, but eight of the 11 were dunks. That is 16 points led to breakaway dunks, and that is 16 points you cannot defend, which is the problem with our team. We made boneheaded plays that lead to easy baskets. Our defense is not bad. It continues to be our offense. ”

On the maturity of Kansas…
“We got destructive. It happens to us, and our immaturity makes the difference.  When you have grown men playing for you, it makes our guys look like little kids. They (Kansas) had seven seconds on the shot clock, we were up by one, and they had an out-of-bounds play. They throw an inbounds pass that is fumbled to the backcourt. There are times to take a charge and do something, and that was not the time to do it. Angel (Rodriguez) flopped the charge, Tyshawn (Taylor) looks at him, says ‘thanks for making my job easy’ and sticks a three. Then he comes down and sticks another three. He comes down a third time and makes a play that gives someone a basket. He comes down a fourth time, the high ball screen and shoots one over Jordan (Henriquez). You go from having total control of the game to having a total meltdown because of a technical. That is not on the kids, that is on us as coaches. As adults, we have to better prepare our kids to handle the situation better. Those are mistakes they make as kids. It is up to us to get them to understand how to handle that better.”

On Jeff Withey…

“He is awesome. As a coach, I root for guys to get better. I do not root against them when they are playing against us. As a fan of the game, I try to teach kids when you see somebody play with the confidence that that young man is playing with, you make the improvement. That is a guy that could not even get in the game last year. Bill (Self) tried to play him, but would take him right back out. Now he is dominating Big 12 games. I do not think there is a kid in the country that does what he does for him team right now.”

Forward Jamar Samuels

On a tough loss …
“I wanted to beat Kansas. We just got beat up on the glass, and it was not an exciting game. “

On  K-State’s effort…

“You just have to keep the same focus and stay positive, and the effort was good tonight. We just did not come up with a win. It is always tough for our guys because we try hard.”

On  K-State’s mindset before the game…
“I just want to beat them. You have a big-time team coming into your house, and it is a rivalry game. We want to win, and that was the mindset going into this game.”

Guard Rodney McGruder

On Jamar Samuels…
“He gave it his all. You could tell he played like a grown man. He played like a guy that wanted to win and would do anything to keep his team in the game.”

On improving…

“You run better offense and not settle for bad shots. We must still run offense and get out of our offense what they do not want us to get.“

Kansas Head Coach and Player Quotes

Head Coach Bill Self
On the two three’s Tyshawn Taylor made…
“We were scrambling, we did not have anything good going for us for the most part. They had totally out whipped us to start the second half for about 10 minutes. I do not know the exact sequence, one of them was a broken floor lucky play, maybe a long rebound, he made one right after that, and that gave us a little bit of a cushion and we got it back to (Connor) Teahan, Tyshawn (Taylor) made some great plays, and he made some plays that were not so great, but those were certainly huge at that point.”

On the Triangle Two defense…
“We thought we would probably play it, but we wanted to make sure we had the right lineup to play it again. To me K-State, it is hard to do that against especially when (Jamar) Samuels makes shots, (Angel) Rodriguez, (Will) Spradling, and (Rodney) McGruder makes shots. We just tried to pick our spot, I do not know what the statistics were, but we did a pretty good job in it, that is when we were able to get a little bit of a lead.”

On facing Jamar Samuels for the final time…

“Well first of all, Jamar always makes threes when he plays against us. I do not know what it is on the year, but he has not been shooting the ball well at all. In the Big 12 tournament final he made a three, at our place he made two and tonight he made four. He always, to me, makes shots against us. The thing he did in the first half was that he kept K-State in the game, we did a great job defensively. Our first half defense was terrific, but he gets 11 of their 18, and seven of their first eight on the offensive boards for the most part. I thought he played very well.”

Senior Guard Tyshawn Taylor
On his big 3-pointer…
“That was a big shot for us. We really did not have anything going. They played good defense that possession and I just hit a tough one, that was just how it happened for us. It was a momentum for the team I went down and hit another one, it kind of spaced the lead out a little bit. (Angel) Rodriguez hit it, he kind of plucked it a little bit. I got it back and just came back into him full speed.”

On playing Triangle Defense…
“We have practiced it before. It used to work for us a lot when they had (Denis) Clemente and (Jacob) Pullen. It used to work a lot when we played them so we thought we would throw it out there when they had (Will) Spradling and (Rodney) McGruder in the game and it worked for us.”

On Thomas Robinson…
“Thomas is probably going to be the main focus for everyone on their scouting report when we play against them. They sent a lot of guys at him. They were rough with him down there, banging him up a little bit. I think Thomas played well. He passed it out of traps, he played hard on the boards and rebounded. I think when Thomas plays like that it opens up so much other stuff.”

Junior Center Jeff Withey
On offensive rebounds…
“They had all four guards coming in to attack, they are a physical team and we let a lot of balls slip away.”