Postgame Quotes

March 14, 2013

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Big 12 Championship - Quarterfinals
Kansas State Head Coach and PlayerQuotes
Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement...
"It's a good win. We've talked about Texas, how much improvement they've made over the last stretch, with Kabongo back, changes their team, and I think they're 6 3, since he got back. And since we played them they were 4 1, and basically beat the same teams, most of the same teams, Oklahoma State, along that stretch. We knew we had a game. When we saw the big lineup, we thought they would play zone. I don't think they wanted to chase us, and for the most part it was pretty successful. We struggled, but the best thing for us is we talked all week about getting better at defense. We had slipped I thought last week defensively, both in the TCU and Oklahoma State games. It's nothing against them. They're good teams. But we weren't in a position where we needed to be. And I thought we did a much better job.  And obviously with Kabongo, he scored only the last bucket or last free throws of the game, otherwise he has zero and made other people made plays."

On beating Texas three times this season...
"You know, people say it's hard to beat teams three times. And I think you have a little bit of an advantage. You can sit back last night and watch the game. Still they probably didn't get back to the hotel until 11:30, 12:00, and I hope as the game went on maybe that would be an advantage for us. Although, they rotate so many people. But it's hard to tell. It's easier to prepare. We just played them two weeks ago. It seems like everybody on our side of the bracket - the scout just happened. It wasn't somebody that we played in early January. And it's a good win. We're catching them a year where they're kind of rebuilding. They got a lot of young kids. They definitely made some improvements. And just a good solid win for us. I'm happy."

Senior Guard Rodney McGruder
On pride in K-State going 4-0 against Texas in football and men's basketball this season...
"It all starts with our fans, how much they support us, and they push us to go hard. And we know what we're doing is not only for ourselves but also the Manhattan community. So it feels good to do big things for our community."

On if he felt he had to score a lot or take more shots in order to win...
"No. The shots that I took today were open shots, and I was fortunate enough to make half of them. And Angel found me a couple of times on the break and on the wing. So I just gotta thank my teammates for finding me tonight."

On if has extra motivation playing against Texas...
"I wouldn't say that. Tonight I just played with a sense of urgency. I know this could have been my last game in the Sprint Center. So I tried to go out there and give it my all, lay it all on the line."

Sophomore Guard Angel Rodriguez
On shutting down Myck Kabongo...
"The first game I think he had 24 points and he pretty much killed us. He did whatever he wanted to. So, you know, the whole key with them, if you stop Myck Kabongo and you let other players make plays, you're going to have a higher chance of winning the game. That's what we did today. We've got to give a lot of credit to our teammates, our bigs did a tremendous job at hedging or just not letting him play comfortable."

On what caused the change in tempo in second half...
"I thought we rebounded better and that gave us a chance to actually push the ball, because the coaches were saying that they were all crashing the boards. And if we make sure we get the rebound, we're going to get a fastbreak situation, because they're all crashing the boards and nobody's going to get back. And we did that a lot of times, we got a lot of layups and a lot of easy baskets."