Postgame Quotes

Virginia Tech at Kansas State
Kansas State Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin Quotes
On the effort of the team ...
"I was happy with our younger guys the other day against James Madison.  Effort is not an issue with our team.  It is a matter of us staying focus on the task at hand and not having breakdowns.  I told you guys before we went into last game that we were not very good and that we had not prepared very well, but we were the complete opposite the last three days.  We went out there today and although we made mistakes, we were more attentive to our jobs.  We were more focused in practice, which allowed us to continue to overcome mistakes, and that is what you have to have."

On junior forward Jamar Samuels' play...
"He just played.  He is back to playing with the energy that makes him good.  That is the challenge with Jamar, when he plays with unbelievable energy and he does not allow a physical play or a referee's call to impact his focus on the next play, he becomes a very good player.  But when he just floats around and does not play with that energy and enthusiasm and when he gets involved in a personal battle with someone on the other team, then he is not doing his job to help us. That is my challenge for him from this year to last year.  He has grown as a player.  This year he has to do what he did today.  If I am not mistaken, he led us in assists, and that is a huge step for a guy who could not pass the ball when he got here a couple of years ago."

On freshman guard Will Spradling ...
"It is a credit to his family.  It is a lot like Jacob (Pullen) when he was a freshman.  When you throw a young man out there like we did with Jake a couple of years ago when Kansas had Russell Robinson and Mario Chalmers, those were grown men playing.  Jake went out there against those guys and played his little tail off to help us win a game.  We did the same with Will (Spradling) today.  He did not have Jacob next to him.  It was him or one of the other sophomore guards, and for him to go out there and not just hold serve, but to go out there and help us win.  He worked extremely hard at listening.  It is just unbelievable.  He plays with tremendous effort and he listens.  So by doing those two things, he ends up in the right place more times than not, and if you can figure that part out you usually get along with me very well.  He has done that pretty well to this point."

On handling Virginia Tech's varying defenses ...
"That is all on me.  We work against a certain kind of zone.  Yesterday I was organizing practice and all of the sudden I said `I have not prepared this team for junk defenses'.  So I threw box-and-one offense out there, and we spent some time in practice yesterday doing it.  I cannot expect young kids to execute stuff based on a fifteen minute segment in practice.  Then Virginia Tech went triangle-and-two and one-three-one zone, and we kind of played on our heels for a little while offensively.  That is where leadership comes into play.  That is where Jamar (Samuels), Martavious (Irving), Rodney (McGruder), and Jake (Pullen), when he was out there, they reverted to the lessons that we learned last year.  When we were in a timeout, as a staff we were telling them that they had just switched to a one-three-one and this is what we have do against it.  Then we started to move the ball rather than holding it, and we got it inside the zone.  When you attack the zone, and you get the ball inside, they have a decision to make, do they want to stay outside with the shooters and if that happens you have got a one-on-one play on the inside.  So when you pass the ball, move the zone, attack the middle, and you drag a guy into the middle of it and pitch it out then you have open shots."

On today's win early in the season...
"Coming into this game we were ranked No. 3 in the country, and I do not know what else we can do to our team.  I have had to answer the question about us handling the pressure of people coming after you since you are the hunted, and obviously we handled that pretty well today with two of our upperclassman not playing very much.  It is just another game.  We are not going go out and do cartwheels because we won a game in November.   It is a learning experience.  We were not very good against James Madison, but I thought we did a lot better from one game to the next and that is the growth you look for.  The season is very long.  It is November 16, and we played our last game last year the third week in March.  That is a long ways away, but you cannot get wrapped up in it, you have to focus on taking things a day at a time."

Guard Rodney McGruder
On physicality of the game...
"I it was a pretty physical game and that is the type of game that the K-State Wildcats like to play."

On rebounding...
"In the first half I really was not crashing and then Coach stressed that we needed to crash the boards and get offensive rebounds and everyone took that to heart and as a team we collected 15 offensive boards in the second half."

Forward Jamar Samuels
On his performance...
"I could have shot the ball a lot better. This is my second game back since playing in March. It was very exciting to come out and help my team get a win tonight."

Guard Jacob Pullen
On Virginia Tech...
"We knew they were a good team with grown men who have been playing with each other for a long time. We knew that they would not be rattled by our crowd."

On Will Spradling...
"He did what he was supposed to do. He did not turn the ball over, he made some shots and made some plays for other people."

Virginia Tech Quotes

Coach Seth Greenberg
Opening Statement...
"We have a very small margin of error. We played some lineups out there that quite honestly we have never practiced with. I am proud of our guys in terms of their resiliency in the first half. I thought we attacked the game and tried to keep them off balance. We could not even play a 2-3 zone once Victor (Davila) and Jeff (Allen) were on the bench so we had to do different things to try and slow the pace of the game. We cannot win games like this against teams of this caliber if we give up twelve offensive rebounds in the second half and do not get 50-50 balls. There was a stretch where they pushed the ball in transition and we could not get control of the ball and then they were able to hit big shots. We are just not going to win a game like this if we do not come up with loose balls and make some shots. They are a very good team with a good environment and Frank (Martin) has done a very good job."

On Jeff Allen getting into foul trouble...
"We like having Jeff in the game because we do not have the luxury of having a lot of options. Jeff gives us an inside scoring threat and he is a physical rebounder. He is also experienced and it hurt us for him to get into foul trouble."

On his thoughts of K-State...
"Their defense impresses me the most. I think that they will still develop offensively even without (Denis) Clemente. I think that they are going to live off of their defense because they make it hard to run an offense. You have to spread it out and use ball screens unless you run a Princeton-esque offense where it is so spread out. You have to be able to move the ball and then make a play. Defensively they remind me a little bit of Duke and that would be the one thing that stands out in my mind."

On what he thinks drives K-State's defense...
"Effort is a good place to start. They have good technique as well. There are so many ways that you can guard. Some people guard up the line and some people guard on the line. They (K-State) guard on the line and up the line. They have good enough on-ball defenders to keep you in front. In any sport you can be brilliant, you can be Bill Belichick, but if you do not get effort you will not stop anyone."

Guard Dorenzo Hudson
On K-State's effectiveness in the second half...
"I feel like they got it to the high post easily and we were not making the same defensive stops as we were in the first half and they got a lot of easy baskets. Once they got into the inside our defense broke down."

On how foul trouble affected the game...
"It was very difficult and we had to play a lot of different lineups because of it, but we got through it."

On the defensive game plan throughout the game...
"We had to try some different things. We knew they were a good team coming into this game so we had to play with different lineups and play some zone defenses. I think for the most part we did good until the second half."

Guard Malcolm Delaney
On what changed in the second half...
"We got out rebounded and did not get to the ball, those were the main things. I had some bad turnovers on my part. We did have some open looks but we just did not make them."

On not having a typical game...
"We did not have a lot of our normal players, we had to play five guards most of the game. K-State has 6-7, seven foot, 6-8, 6-9 out there, you can block them out but sometimes they just tip it out over you."

On when he was off the floor for a minute...
"It was open shots. They got open on a couple of three's and we just did not compete hard enough in the second half."