Postgame Quotes

Dec. 6, 2010

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Kansas State vs. Alcorn State
Kansas State Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin
On Jamar Samuels double-double…
“He has been playing that way in games and in practice for a little bit now. He has really zoned in. Some people are good players because they are great shooters, some people are good players because they know how to run a team. What makes Jamar a really good player is when he plays with unbelievable energy like he did tonight, and that is a big time skill. This is an energy that our team desperately needs.”

On the energy level of the team…
“I think that I have been around here long enough where you guys know some of the things that are important to me. Guys are not excited about playing. They practiced their tails of yesterday, they were great in practice. Then we started the game, we were pretty good for the first three or four minutes of the game, and then we just go into lulls. You get to play 30-some games a year if you are lucky. If you cannot get excited about competing at your ultimate, best level 30-some times a year, you are going to have a hard life. I just do not understand it. We have been battling with this team from day one. We will keep battling to make us grow in that department. Right now I feel like we are in neutral. It almost cost us a game a couple of nights ago, because of that same energy level in someone else’s building, and all of the sudden we just go into a funk. I do not get it.”

On the Wildcat backcourt…
“I am just not happy with what we are getting from our twos so I figured it was time to try someone else. I am not very happy right now with our wing play, with the exception of Rodney McGruder.”

On the lack of leadership this season…
“It is in Israel, it is in Puerto Rico, it is in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. That is where our swagger is at. That is where those three seniors (Denis Clemente, Luis Colon, Chris Merriwether) that did not take anything for granted are. That is where our swagger is at right now.”

Senior Guard Jacob Pullen
On the team’s play …
“The energy was a little better tonight; a lot of the stuff was just self inflicted, self made mistakes. Missing bunnies, missing easy baskets, turning the ball over when no one is guarding us, just things that we could fix ourselves. It’s just those things that are frustrating to a coaching staff; missing free throws and things we work on every day at practice.”

On developing killer instinct…
“It is somewhat here. Last year we had that problem early in the year where we could not really put teams away. We would be up and we would need that one more run that would blow the game wide open. This year the team is kind of doing the same thing. Sometimes we have the lead or have that momentum to put teams out of their misery, and we just don’t seem to do it. We make mental mistakes and lackadaisical errors that cost us runs. It’s still early and it’s still the beginning of the season and we are trying to hit our stride.”

Junior Forward Jamar Samuels
On Frank Martin’s halftime speech…
“We were not playing hard. I mean you could see that. You better come and play next half. That was basically all he said.”

On getting up for this game…
“It is a game on the schedule. You should be up for every game like this. Not even like this but just for every game on the schedule.”

Alcorn State Quotes
Head Coach Larry Smith
Opening statement…
“I thought that we played a pretty good first half. We played against an elite team that is very deep, athletic and talented top to bottom. Their bigs are very physical, and they made it very tough for us. We hung in there with them early, but they just wore us down. They killed us on the glass and were physical with us. Again, they have very good athletes.”

On what Alcorn State takes away from this game…
“You can always build from games. We just want our kids to get better, and that is why we play against some elite teams. You cannot get better unless you play the best, and that is something that we try to instill in our players. They need to know that you cannot sit back and whine about getting beat, you have got to come out and compete and that is all I want our players to do night in and night out, and let the chips fall where they may.”

On the play of Jacob Pullen…
“They have a lot of guys and he is just another one of their great athletes. He is a good player, just really solid all around. Tonight, he did what he wanted to do. K-State is a sound team from top to bottom, and when they throw so many guys at you it gets to be pretty tough.”