Postgame Quotes

Nov. 18, 2010

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Presbyterian at Kansas State
Kansas State Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin
Opening statement…
“You saw the ugly side of our team today. We have a group of younger kids under a group of underclassman with no leadership. That is our problem. When your best leader is a junior walk-on, your upperclassman should go look in the mirror and figure that out. I just told Victor (Ojeleye) that I have done a disservice to him the last couple of games because he deserves to play and I have been playing the guys that look good in pictures. I am a little tired of the game being over and our bigs having zero defensive rebounds. They are good kids, I like them, but they are not producing so it is time to move some stuff around.”

On the play of Victor Ojeleye
“I would think that when our rule is ‘do not play from behind in the post’ and number 34 (Al’Lonzo Coleman) catches it in the post, and the scouting report says that on the left post he will spin to his right  and he does it every single time on every single dig. Then all of the sudden I decided to play Victor, and instead of playing behind, like three-quarters of our post, he plays like a man and all of a sudden number 34 does not score anymore. I do not think you need to be a basketball coach to figure that one out.”

On the Wildcats' struggles…
“I was not happy with any part of the game today. I thought that we were lethargic. I thought we were disinterested. I thought defensively we were bad from the jump. By no way shape or form do I want to take anything away from Presbyterian. They deserved to win today.”

On the immaturity of the team…
“It is the ugly head that our team has. We are very young, and we have no leadership. The young guys think that because we beat Virginia Tech two days ago life is easy. As for our lack of leadership, I wish Luis Colon was in this locker room. Then we would be okay.

Senior Guard Jacob Pullen
On the team’s poor effort …
“Our lack of focus, our lack of energy, we just stood around and we did not know sets. We did a poor job executing tonight and when we got our opportunities, we did not make them count.”

On the play of forward Victor Ojeleye…
“He did everything he is supposed to do and tonight, he did everything that he does in practice. (Coach) Frank (Martin) recognizes that and Frank puts him in the game now. Frank tells him that he is going to play because he does everything that we need him to do. He remembers plays, he rebounds, he fronts and he plays hard defense up the line. He does the things that the rest of our team needs to do so we can be successful.”

On K-State’s poor defensive performance…
“I do not know if we got complacent or we got lethargic. We did a lot of things wrong in the second half. We did not guard 34 (Al’Lonzo Coleman) very well. He caught it on the block whenever he wanted. That is not our game and that is not what we do defensively. We usually do a good job on people but tonight we just did not have that energy on defense.”

On the upcoming games in Kansas City…
“Yeah they are big games, but tonight was a big game because if we would have lost, it would have been all over the TV and all over the headlines. Every game is a big game when you are the No. 3 team in the country and obviously we did not get that memo before we stepped out on the court tonight. Now I guess we really have to check our mailbox before we step on the floor for practice and before every game because we realize that every team is going to come in and give us their best shot.”

Junior Forward Victor Ojeleye
On providing energy off the bench…
“I just came in with the mindset that I come in with everyday. I think it is a privilege to do this every day. It is something that you have to take great pride in every time you are out there. Whether you are out there two seconds or 26 minutes, it has to be the same way every time. Each guy is really working towards that and as a team, we just have to keep moving forward. As long as we continue to move forward, we are meeting our goals.”

On watching from the bench…
“A lot of thoughts run through your mind, but you just have to stay positive. With guys coming out, I try to encourage them and tell them what they can do to get better and help us. I try to continue to be in a team mindset. That is what you have to do.”

Presbyterian Quotes
Head Coach Gregg Nibert
Opening Statement…
“I could not be prouder of our team. This was obviously a set-up game if you are looking for scorers for coach (Frank) Martin and Kansas State. Last Friday night against Vanderbilt, we went into that fight not having a whole lot. We tried to play them man-to-man. I had my team in the wrong defense and we worked the next four days trying to put the zone in. We worked on our four-in-one-out passing game. We had to make Kansas State play defense and not turn the ball over. Obviously I think when we turn the ball over that it costs us, we had 18 turnovers to their four. I think we have one of the best low post players in the country who was 5-for-13 in Al’lonzo Coleman and he can score on the block.”

On Al’lonzo Coleman…
“I knew Al’lonzo Coleman can score one-on-one on the block and I knew that if they started to double him, he is a great passer as well. He has a point guard mentality and a basketball IQ. If they did double him he could go out and make a pass and he is good on the perimeter too. He is a four-man who has the skills.”

On a moral victory …
“It felt good but that is neat about our team. It starts with Al’lonzo, Josh (Johnson) and Pierre (Miller). The thing about those kids is there were no high-fives. Never in my life have we played a game that we have tried to lose. Even though we lost by 41 to Vanderbilt we are not going to come in here against the third ranked team, but we were prepared to win. The first four minutes were very important and the last four minutes of the first half. Then the first four minutes of the second half were extremely important.”

On second half play…
“It was absolutely awesome. I have great respect for Coach Martin. I told the guys after the Vanderbilt game that (K-State) is the most defensive minded team. I put in the zone and we had to be the tougher defensive team. We also had to be a tough offensive team. You have to be strong with the ball against them or they will rip it right out of your hands. I think we matched them their defensive mindedness with our offense at times.”