Postgame Quotes

Dec. 23, 2010

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Kansas State Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin
On team’s passing tonight…
“When I grew up I was not very good at basketball, I spent my summers learning how to play the game, learning how to dribble, learning how to pass, understanding how to throw a bounce pass, how to throw a chest pass, and learning how to move without the ball. Unfortunately in our grass roots system right now, kids do not spend time learning how to do those things. We are very young. Young kids tend to revert to habits and their habits are to hold onto the basketball and go make a play on the run. I do not care if you have seniors or you have freshman, when you do that, it is not conducive to good team offensive basketball. Because then the defense just stands. It is a pretty simple concept; I mean we talk about it with our guys all the time. When we pass the ball, even tonight our assist numbers are pretty darn good in comparison to made field goals.”

On his team being relaxed tonight…
“I can tell you this, our guys were not relaxed. Our guys were not happy campers. But they were positive and I was positive. They came in here for the past 48 hours understanding losing is not acceptable. I told the team losing is like an epidemic; if you ever accept it, then you cannot beat it. You have to defeat it and the way you beat it is by attacking before it gets you.”

On his team’s 3-point shooting…
“We took good ones, we didn’t take the dribble, dribble, dribble, shoot. We led the offense. We passed the basketball. We continued to throw the ball inside and did not get away from it, which puts tremendous pressure on their defense and their defense started collapsing. Jamar (Samuels) had four or five assists; I think Wally (Judge) had two or three. That means they are getting doubled but are making the extra pass, which is what you want to see. If our bigs would have made some lay ups, our assists would have been up. But that’s alright, we stayed the course and we didn’t break the course.”

On Sophomore Forward Wally Judge…
“I could not be happier for him. I don’t care if he would have been 0-for-56 from the field. Just to see him play with the energy and enthusiasm and with the courage to take the shots. That made my night. He put the Christmas spirit in me. That is why he was in the starting lineup. He was feeling good about himself and that is what it is all about. I cannot stand watching young people go through difficult moments, because kids do not know how to handle things. To see the moments he was going through a couple weeks ago, it is just great to see that he is so enthusiastic about what he does.”

Guard Rodney McGruder
On his performance…
“I hit a couple of shots back-to-back. My jump shot felt really good. When I released it, I felt like it was going in every time.”

On Wally Judge’s performance…
“It was a big game for Wally. I believe that he has that swagger back about himself. He is a great player and he can be unstoppable in the post. That is all that was missing. He needed a game like this. For him to step up and get this double-double, it means a lot to me seeing my brother, he is like a brother to me and seeing him play well coming off of the things that he was going through meant a lot to me.”

On playing on the perimeter…
“I do believe that I played more on the perimeter today. I took 10 3-pointers today. I do believe that I settled too much but I was in a rhythm. I was feeling it so I do not think that it was a bad thing. It was nice and I made a couple of shots.”

Guard Will Spradling
On K-State’s perimeter shooting…
“It definitely opened up our inside game. We got a lot more post feeds at the beginning of the game and that allowed us to just kick it out for some easy 3-point shots.”

UMKC Quotes
Head Coach Matt Brown
Opening statement…
“They really struggled from the foul line but we did not rebound the basketball and that was the difference in the game. They missed free throws and we did not rebound the ball and that is probably the difference, because if rebound the ball, we would have had ample opportunities to make it a single-digit game with about six minutes to go.”

On K-State’s 3-point success…
“We were a little surprised. I knew that they would rebound the ball really well and get to the foul line as well. But traditionally, teams shoot better at home.”

On  forward Jay Couisnard…
“He is going to be a good player for us. But overall, is K-State a good basketball team? Yeah, but with all that said and done, it was a 10-point game at one point. But when Will Spradling got that offensive rebound, I thought that was a big possession.”

On what his team did well tonight…
“I thought we did a good job getting it backdoor and trying to dunk the ball and finish. That is really what I wanted to see tonight, so I think in terms of us being aggressive, I think we got that accomplished tonight.”

On what to take from tonight’s game…
“I think it will help us with the league games we have coming up on the 28th and 30th, so that is the most important thing for us.”