Postgame Quotes

Dec. 31, 2010

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K-State Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin
On Wally Judge’s recent play…
“He is feeling good about himself.  He is just relaxed, and I told you guys last game that the best thing I saw is that he got 18 shots. That means he was working off the ball; that means our guys threw him the ball and that means he had the courage to go shoot it. It is hard to have success when you are not comfortable with yourself, and he was going through a tough period. He is relaxed and getting a little bit of confidence, and I hope he can keep it up because he has played real well the past two games.”

On what he likes to see on the stat sheet…
“Assists for baskets made. It is two games in a row where I think last game we had 20 assists 29 baskets and today we had 26 assists out of 35 baskets, which means we are sharing the basketball. Our turnovers today were kind of high again, then again there are three to four there by guys that there is a reason they do not get in as much. I cannot dwell on those. There is a reason their minutes are shorter than others, but Will cannot turn it over five times that is why that number is a little higher today. More than anything that means you are trying to score, and attacking defense is passing the basketball, and as coaches, I am not very smart but you listen to the guys that know what they are doing. You hear them talk about moving without the ball and passing the basketball. We have tried to focus on that here for the last four or five practices.”

On today’s free throw shooting…
“I am happy, happy for our guys. Our guys work at it, and I know people think that our guys do not work at it. I am happy that they have been able to stay kind of the course there, and I do not know if we will ever be a 90 or 80 percent foul shooting team, but we are also not as bad as what we have been shooting. It is an area that we have to take pride to get better at, and our guys have done that.”

On Jamar Samuel’s perimeter play…
“He made a couple threes today, but Jamar the past couple games has gotten shots that have just not gone in for him. That means that he is playing with energy. It means he is on the same page with what we are doing on offense, and he is in tuned with the game plan. He made some perimeter shots today, instead of dribbling. He shot that ball in there. Then he made a couple threes, and there was a sequence there in the second half where we ran a little set where Rodney (McGruder) made a pass to him where he had an opportunity and an angle to attack the rim and instead he settled for a 12 foot jump shot that is where he is learning. When you ask me about him being a perimeter player that is where he is learning. When you have an angle to attack, you have got to attack. You cannot settle, and that is where he has got to continue to improve, but he is getting shots because he is in tune with what we are doing.

Forward Wally Judge
On how it seemed easy inside…
“I don’t think it was necessarily easy. These last couple of days without school it has just been us, we have been gelling and working together just trying to be consistent.”

On practicing during winter break…
“It is tough but it allows you to focus more, they key details and how Frank wants things done, the type of cuts we have to make to make the play successful. It just allows us to focus more on a basketball perspective.”

Forward Jamar Samuels
On his play the past two games…
“Yeah, I mean everyone in the world see’s that we are missing our two main scorers. I don’t have to help the team in scoring, it’s just having a presence out there and work extremely hard so everyone can follow my lead and I think that helped out today.”

On Wally Judge’s performance…
“It’s the Wally Judge when I was playing 17-and-under. It’s the Wally Judge I used to rush out of my games and go watch. Wally’s finally getting that passion back on. I love it, because growing up with him and knowing that he has it. Him using it right now, I just love it.”

North Florida Quotes
Head Coach Matthew Driscoll
Opening statement…
“I was thinking about upsetting the No. 17-ranked team in the country on their home court from when back when I was at Baylor. I was going to tell you that it is good to be back in Manhattan. They had 57 at halftime and I said ‘Good Lord, they could have beaten New York instead of Kansas.’ Obviously what they did today is phenomenal. It was a wonderful accomplishment for (Coach) Frank (Martin) and his team. I was here when nobody was in the stands. I was here when (Bob) Huggins turned this thing around, and I coached against you all when Frank had this thing going. I was at Baylor for six years, so I know Kansas State and I know what has been around here. But we only had 11 turnovers. Wally Judge has been shooting around 20 percent from the free-throw line and he comes in and goes 13-for-20. Jamar Samuels decides that he is going to be a 3-point shooter all of the sudden. He was 1-for-11 before today and it was just one of those days where I give those guys a lot of credit. We did not help ourselves in a lot of different areas. But I am impressed with Frank and with what he has done, but they have a tough task ahead of them.”

On K-State’s offensive rebounding …
“They had 26 against UMKC and 18 tonight. The one thing that we talk to our guys about is getting one or two illegal-blockout calls and we got one tonight. Because if you get one or two, that means you are really hitting guys. But I told our guys at shoot-around yesterday that when K-State shoots, that is a play. Because if it does not go in, the play is to go fetch the ball, and that is what (Wally) Judge, (Jamar) Samuels and a few other guys on their team did. I credit their guys for being resilient and going after the ball. Eighteen offensive rebounds is a lot.”