Postgame Quotes

Dec. 9, 2011

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Kansas State Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin
On Kevin Jones...
"He is big guy, a grown man. They went to the Final Four, and he was a major reason why. He is working his tail off to lead that young team. He is a really good player who does that every night. I do not care who the opponent is, every night they are going to run their stuff, and he is going to get his production. That is what I told you guys (media) going into this game. That is a team, come February or March, that will be a team that is hard to play against because all of those young kids will be led by a guy like him. He is going to get them ready to play."

On second half play...
"We were pathetic on defense in the second half. We were just bad. All we did was foul, reach and gamble. The physical nature of the game had us undisciplined, and we did not take care of our assignments. We allowed the ball to get to areas on the floor, and the way we play if we allow the ball to get to certain areas, it causes problems for us. When it is all said and done, if I decide to make a substitution in the last timeout, we win the game, and I did not. So that is on me. I should have had Jordan (Henriquez) in the game. I worked with the man, and I knew what he was going to run. We drew it up on the sideline, and I should have had Jordan and Shane Southwell in the game. He is not going to post Kevin Jones in that situation. There is a play he runs when he has a guy that size. He ran it at K-State with Cartier Martin to get that guy a three, when he is down three. I should have had Shane on him in that situation, and I did not make the substitution. My main concern was guard the three point lane if they did run the play so we could have size to make it hard to get the shot over the top and then have rebounds. I made a decision, and it was not the right decision."

On the Wichita environment...
"It was awesome - my hats off to the fans and the City of Wichita. The people who had this building built gave us the opportunity to come down here and do this. It was a great environment, and our fans were phenomenal. I am disappointed we let our fans down today."

On Rodney McGruder and Will Spradling...
"I do not worry about Rodney. I worry about other things in my life, including myself. I do not worry about these two guys next to me. They both do their jobs, and they know I trust them. They come in every single day and take care of their business. They try to do their job the right way, and they give us consistent effort on a daily basis. As I start doing a better job and try to create cracks and crevices to get these two guys more offensive opportunities, we will become a better basketball team. These two guys were disciplined to their jobs. I asked Rodney to guard a 6-foot-9 guy because no one else on our team could guard him. Everyone else on the team wanted to play behind in the post. It is a shame that he did a great job of it and that last possession allowed the ball to get to a certain area of the floor. It put a lot of pressure of guarding a really strong player in front of the rim. Give West Virginia credit. They were discipline and ran what they needed to run. They got the ball to their best player, and unfortunately for us, we were not disciplined enough to make the plays when the game was on the line on defense or offense, and that ends up on my shoulders. It is my job to get these kids to be better prepared for those situations."

On future games in Wichita...
"How could I say no? After the way that this city embraced it, the hospitality and the mayor saying `Paint Wichita Purple', then going out and playing in the game. Every seat in this arena was filled, but that is something that John (Currie) and I have talked about. We have to figure out a way to make it work. I do not know if we will alternate between Kansas City and Wichita every other year, but we will figure it out. After what I just experienced today, we need to come to Wichita and play in front of our fans, in this great building, a little more often."

On the biggest positive from the game...
"That I hope we get home safe. I am not into moral victories. Whether you do things right, the objective is to win the game you are playing. We were in position to win, and we did not. We were out rebounded and had 18 turnovers. One of my assistants told me that we were four-for-12 from the line in the second half. You have to do those things. The objective is to not play perfect, instead it is to win the game. We were in position to win the game, and we were not disciplined enough. There is a baseline out-of-bounds towards the end of regulation, and I had to call timeout because we were not lined up. We obviously did not defend the three-point line, with the game in hand. There was a side out-of-bounds, when we came out of a timeout, and we did not run it the right way. All that comes back on me making my team better prepared. I obviously did not do a good job. It is the first time we were in this moment, and we did not handle it very well. So I have to do a better job of preparing our guys to be more disciplined to handle that moment because whether we did things right or wrong, at the end of the day it is all irrelevant. You are in a position to win the game, and that is the only thing that matters. Whether you win or lose, you will end up learning from the experience, but we have to go to practice tomorrow. We will watch film tomorrow. We will do everything we can do until they tell us they cannot play anymore. I do not find positives in hard fought games. The only positive that I like, is the only stat that I like. Our team has one more point than the other team. When that happens, I go home, and I am in a decent mood for about 12 hours.  When that does not happen, I am a miserable human being. Unfortunately, we did not get that done today. I am proud of our fight, like I told them in the locker room, but it was not good enough. We have to get better."


Guard Will Spradling
On the game's physicality...
"They are by far the strongest team that we have played so far. Teams we have played against have backed down to our physicality, and you could tell in those first couple of minutes, West Virginia has not played a team as physical as us. We were getting into them, but they were able to adjust to that and play with their physicality."

Guard Rodney McGruder
On personal game minutes...
"We did not come out with a victory. And that is the only thing that mattered. It does not matter what I did. What matters is how the game ended. I wanted the win, but we did not get it, so what I did was irrelevant."

On last-minute shots...
"I was hoping to get them, and coach put me in the position. It just didn't fall today."

On Thomas Gipson...
"He is a great aspect. He kept us in the game. Shots were not falling, but he attacked the basket to help keep us in the game."

West Virginia Quotes
Head Coach Bob Huggins
On (Kevin) Jones' performance...
"As long as we can keep him on the floor, he is going to do what he does pretty well. I thought we did enough things to alleviate some of the ball pressure. Our guards are young, and neither one of them have been point guards before. They just took us out of everything that we wanted to do. Thank god he rebounded the ball and scored some goals, made some plays to kind of keep us in the game. They are good; they play really hard. We do not usually play people that play as hard as they do."

On the last shot of regulation...
"It was absolutely the shot that we wanted. Fran Fraschilla said I made him look bad. I said you should go for two, but he has made those shots, he had just missed one just before that. It looked like it was going in. I thought he shot the ball pretty good today."

On this game turning into a rivalry...
"They have got a heck of a program, and I would like to think that we are going to continue to have one. Everybody talks about rivalries, but it is not a rivalry unless both teams win every once in a while. You have to win some. When I was at Cincinnati in Conference USA, they took a poll and I was everyone's rival. You cannot be that. I like the format, I like the Big 12 format, I like that you play everyone twice. That is the fair way to decide a champion. Everyone is playing each other at home. I am old school that is the way I like to see it done."

On tonight's atmosphere...
"Kansas people are very similar to West Virginia people; they are very loyal, and very hard working. Great people, very gracious and they love basketball. I would think you would have to go a long way to find a state that has teams like Kansas State, Kansas, and Wichita State. That has the fan support that all three of them have."

Forward Kevin Jones
On winning a close game...
"Just toughness, we knew we were playing a really well coached team and a really tough team. We knew we had to match their intensity and match their toughness. I am just glad how our young guys matched our challenge and played so tough tonight."

On going up against Rodney McGruder...
"He was doing pretty good, because (Jamar) Samuels had fouled out. I was just trying to post as much as possible and use my size as an advantage and try to get as close to the basket as I could."