Postgame Quotes

Dec. 18, 2011

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Kansas State Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin
On finding a rhythm this season…
“It takes a little time; it is not a perfect science. You got young guys learning how to play college basketball, you have guys trying to figure out their roles and it takes time. It’s not as easy as it sounds. That’s why I told you the other day when we spoke that we are a defense stop away from being undefeated. When you can say that and we have a win at Virginia Tech and this win here, we may not be perfect, but we are not taking a backseat to anybody either.”

On the play of Angel Rodriguez and Jordan Henriquez…
“Both of them have refocused since the preseason for whatever reasons. That daily focus just was not there for a couple weeks, but they have been two of our better players in practice this week and I think that carried over to tonight’s game. I know some people don’t think like I do, which is fine with me, but I think the people that prepare well go out and play the game and it is easy, and that is what you saw with these two guys. We talked about attacking their zone, but we did not do a very good job early in the game. We shot an air ball and missed two other wide open three’s, and we missed six shots five feet and in. We just have to make some shots and what we did was move the ball better. We got their zone really spread out and then Angel drove it and Jordan did what we talked about, which is if that middle guy comes up when we drove the ball to the scene, then the back side is going to be open. Angel made some good reads and Jordan was able to put the ball in the basket.”

On Jordan Henriquez…
“He’s been good, he has worked too hard to play the way that he was playing heading into the last game. I don’t mean just in games, I’m talking about practices. He’s worked too hard, he’s earned the right to be a good player and now he just has to go out and believe in himself and he has got to do that every day. That is what he did this week and I do not think it comes as a surprise that he impacted the game in a positive way.”

On closing out games…
“These guys encourage me because they are not perfect and neither am I, but they never come in and not try and whenever you have that kind of attitude. As a coach, you have to be excited about your team. The difference between today’s game and the West Virginia game was when we had that five to six point lead against West Virginia in the second half, we couldn’t make a free throw to build the lead, and today we did. So now a five to six point game, with free throws, becomes an eleven to twelve point game and now you can do some things defensively to shorten the game and protect the lead against West Virginia. We were five-for-fifteen in the second half and it is hard to win when you cannot make free throws, and we did a better job of that today.”

On the second half…
 “I went into halftime and I felt really good about how we were playing. Missing some shots did not affect our discipline and our defense. I thought we rebounded the ball and we made some shots to finish out the first half. We called time out with fifty seconds to go and we executed exactly what we talked about running on offense and then we came down and get a defensive stop to finish the half. I felt really good about coming into the second half. It was good to see Jamar come out and have that three point play. I was just really happy for him. He played with a heavy heart after losing his grandma this morning. I was very happy that he made some positive plays in a difficult moment for him.”

On the teams defense…
“There were three or four times that we allowed them to run to the rim, but I thought we did a pretty good job. Jordan made a mistake by playing behind JaMychal because the scouting report said when he plays with his back to the basket he’s going to go to his left, and Jordan let him do that for a three point play. Jamar made a couple mistakes early, but outside of that I thought our defense on those guys was solid. What helped our bigs was our perimeter defense was pretty good. We really extended their guards, so it was hard for them to make post entries. The only point I was disappointed with us was our defensive rotations on baseline drives. We spent the whole week talking about taking charges because we thought they were susceptible to charges, and we did not do that. Like I said, we made some mistakes, but defensively we were pretty solid.”

Junior Forward Jordan Henriquez
On his improvement…
“It was just me getting comfortable at the time and being comfortable with the ball. I was kind of in a rush, and that is what my coaches get on me about a lot. They want me to take my time and let the game come to me.”

On the improvement of the team…
“We were together from the time we got to the hotel all the way from the bus ride and in practice. We were in tune the whole week in practice. Once we came together we were willing to do the things coach wanted us to do and be disciplined.”

On the differences in this game compared to North Florida
“Our unity together as a team was better. Everyone played their role. When everyone plays their role it gives opportunities to everyone on the court. For instance, tonight when we attacked the zone and Angel [Rodriguez] penetrated the zone, it left me open for lobs and passes on the baseline. It helped open up opportunities.”

On his presence on the defensive end in the second half…
“I just wanted to stay aggressive and attack the inside. Most of the time the guys are a lot bigger than me, or wider, so I try to take advantage of my length and my size. I guess my rebounding and blocks went up in the second half. I did not notice that, but I tried to do the same thing in the first half.”

Freshman Guard Angel Rodriguez
On his learning curve of playing defense…
“Most of it is on the defensive side, like he [Martin] said, I am having trouble there. I have never played the kind of defense coach wants us to play. It was hard at the beginning. It requires a lot of effort. For every single play, you have to be up the line, deny the ball and do a lot of things. If you do not come mentally prepared you are not going to be able to do it. Like he said, the past week, I have gotten myself together. I have been able to do the right things the whole week in practice. Of course, I came and tried my best to do it in the game today. “

On applying his defensive mentality to his offense…
“Every time you play good defense it helps you on the offensive side. I try to stay positive. Even if I make a bad defensive play I try not to make a bad offensive play.”

On preparing for the game…
“It came down to just being up the line and to the ball, and trying to work my way to not get stuck in screens. “

Alabama Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Anthony Grant
Opening Statement...
“I thought Kansas State came out tonight in the second half and did a great job of attacking our pressure. You look at the numbers. They were 63 percent from the field in the second-half. They turned us over 18 times in the game and also out-rebounded us. If you play against a team of a caliber like Kansas State on the road, those numbers are hard to overcome, and I give them credit. They did a great job tonight.”

On Alabama’s second-half play…
“I thought they got out of transition. They got in a rhythm in the second-half and had a spurt that took it to about ten. We had a tough time sustaining the discipline that you must have from a defensive standpoint. We took ourselves out of positions we need to be in defensively, and they took advantage of it. They got to the free-throw line on a regular clip. They got into the bonus in the first five minutes of the second-half and had some guys who stepped up and played well tonight.”

On K-State’s bench play…
“I thought their bench gave them a big lift at the end of the first-half. They had some guys in foul trouble, and Angel Rodriguez came in and did a great job of running their team with six assists in the half.  Henriquez did a great job as well. I thought those guys really gave them a lift.  If you look at their numbers, they had a combined 35 points off their bench, and those are outstanding numbers.”

On K-State’s defense…
“They are a very good defensive team. I think that K-State has always done a good job of attacking and being very aggressive on the defensive end.”

On tonight’s play…
“We come into games trying to win. It is never about how many points we score. Tonight when I look at the numbers, we had 18 turnovers, and K-State was 63 percent from the field in the second-half which makes things very difficult.”

On Jordan Henriquez’s improvement since freshman year…
“He is a good player, and he did a great job tonight to help his team.”

Guard Trevor Releford
On how it felt to play in his hometown…
“It was a good opportunity to play at home. I enjoyed it, but I wish we could have won. Kansas State played a good game.”

On the difference between the two teams….
“They got the hustle plays in the second half, and they shot the ball a little bit better. They just happened to win.”

On K-State’s forwards…
“I think we had some opportunities to get some shots up, and a lot of them went down. They had a little bit of pressure, but I do not think they got us out of our offense.”

Forward JaMychal Green
On Jordan Henriquez…
“He was just getting up on the glass, and he brought a spark off the bench for his team.”