Postgame Quotes

Nov. 12, 2011

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Kansas State Head Coach Frank Martin
On K-State's halftime adjustment...
"You can ask Rodney (McGruder) and Will (Spradling) I did not raise my voice at all at half time. I did not sub, and I did not put anyone in the game. When I put guys in the game we are up 24 to 16, they did not play well and they can tell you that. They know what practice has been like the past two days, but we were still up 24 to 16, I make substitutions and all of a sudden you are down by fifteen and you are saying  why did I play those guys, to win you need five not twenty-five."

On being concerned...
"Concerned? I am never worried about that, I am worried about inflation and taxes. The last thing I am ever worried about is depth. I have enough guys in that locker room that have been through this before. That will be fine it is if the other guys want to join in or not. It is not a concern to me as long as taxes get better I will not be concerned."

On today's game...
"Going into these games as coaches, we understood these guys were a difficult matchup for two reasons, they play that funky defense it is not zone and it is not man, it is a different defense, and you have to understand how to attack it. The first half  we never ran anything, we stood around holding the ball, nobody moved, nobody cut, nobody got in that matchup. In the second half, we did a better job of that. We got lay-ups, and it made them get out of that zone and go to man. Then we were able to run some stuff against the man, and it still was not great but it was better and then offensively they played those four guards all of the time and they spread you out and drive you and you have to be good on the ball, if you cannot guard the ball you will not be able to get in the paint and that is a problem. Second half we guarded the ball and in the times guys tried to drive it, the guy guarding them was still there and Jordan (Henriquez) did a great job of guarding the rim. We did a bad job of rebounding the fore shot so we have to get better. We played guys who have played for us before and they understand how important it is to play the game the right way, and we were awful, this will be my 27th season on the sideline, and I have never sat down in a practice. I sat down two days ago, and I sat down yesterday. These guys will figure it out they have done it before."

On Rodney (McGruder) and Will (Spradling)...
"These guys have pride. I do not need to give them a screaming and yelling speech. They bust their rear ends to represent this program. They have something that very few people have in this world today and that is pride. They do not need me to kick them in the butt to go play harder; they have pride and they went and did it themselves."

On winning...
"I will take ugly wins before I will take any hard well played loss. When we played KU here two years ago, we did everything we could and we still lost and that is an ugly feeling. It is an awful feeling . At least we will get to practice tomorrow and play again on Monday. But like I said, these guys have pride. You are never perfect, but these guys will use this as a learning situation. My time here I have figured out whether these guys are good or bad. They will find a way to buckle down and win."

Senior Guard Rodney McGruder
On being a leader...
"It is the same ole same ole, just being prepared and ready. It is the same position, stepping up and taking that role. That is all it is."

On what was missing from practice...
"No energy, no leadership and guys not stepping up and pushing those other guys so they can be ready for game-like situations. It starts with the leaders of the team. If we do not show up to practice, those guys think they can take practice off as well. I believe it starts with that."

On his message at the next practice...
"Just go hard. Push everyone in practice. Push myself a little. It starts with the leaders of the team. We have to try and lead by example."

Sophomore Guard Will Spradling
On preparation for the game...
"The way we practiced, we did not practice with any intensity. We were turning the ball over in practices. That is something we had done a good job at in our last game and all the other practices. We carried it over to the beginning of the game and the first possession--I threw it away. Yesterday, I probably had eight turnovers in practice and that carried over into the game. That is my fault. That is Rodney and my fault that we did not take leadership of our team. We did not get our team ready like we should have."

Charleston Southern Head Coach Barclay Radebaugh
On the team's performance...
"We came tonight with a tremendous amount of respect for Kansas State. We knew that they are one of the top defensive teams in the country. We knew if we could compete against them, we could compete very favorably in our league. I thought our team played exceptionally well in the first half. We left some points out there with a couple of missed layups but I thought we competed very well. In the second half they turned up the defensive pressure and we had way too many turnovers and rushed a time or two. That allowed them to get back in it and take the lead. I credit them defensively for that."

On rebounding efforts...
"We expect to rebound well. We want to be relentless on the offensive and defensive boards. We have been a good rebounding team each of the last five years. I thought rebounding wise we showed a lot of heart. We know we have to do that with our size, being 6-foot 5-inches, 6-foot 6-inches on a good day. We work on rebounding every day for a long time. We want to turn that into a strength instead of a potential weakness; because of our height, we expect to rebound every time we play."
 
On adjusting to K-State's defense the second half...
"In our motion offense, it is all based on the dribble and we want to draw a chest. When we dribble and they help, that gives us opportunities to get a shot. I feel that with our size and excellent guard play, that is a good way for us to play. The second factor was us missing shots in the first half. We got some long rebounds and some three-on-two and three-on-one. We did not do as good of a job the second half in making them shoot. They penetrated our zone a little bit. Once they get their defense set it is tough to compete against."

Junior Guard Jeremy Sexton
On the key to his team's success, especially in the first half...
"In the first half, I feel like we dictated the flow of the game. We executed our plays, set up the offense, pushed the ball down, got a lot of fast breaks. That is the tempo that we wanted to play at. When we did that we got a lot of open looks in. I give credit to my teammates for finding the open people and we were knocking down shots."