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Jan. 5, 2013

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Kansas State Head Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening Statement…
“Obviously, it is a good win. It was not only the first conference game, but it was against a very good team. You watch them on film and thought they are good. Then you play against them, and they are even better. They have a lot of talent and a lot of athleticism. They can get points, and I wish we would have played a little smarter. We fouled, obviously, too much. A lot of that was just us getting over emotional. I call it emotionally drunk. We would get up six points, and they would call a timeout. We would come over and chest-bump and do all of that stuff, and then we would go out and try to gamble. That would put our defense in a bind. When we stayed solid on “D” I thought we were pretty good because they are tough to defend. They hurt us early in transition. In the first half, some of it was that we did not get back. Some of it was that we missed shots. Obviously, in the second half Rodney (McGruder) got cooking, and that was great for him. He just got in one of those zones, and we needed it. We cannot forget about Nino’s (Williams) effort. He was really good for us. We talked about having eight starters. It was still a tough game for Angel (Rodriguez) and Martavious (Irving). They did this without much practice. When you are going against one of the best guards in the country in Marcus Smart, he is so physically good in strength and has the ability to score in so many ways. Those two guys battled him. I wish we would have played a little smarter and not foul so many times. It was a good win, and now we will go on the road and see what we can do.”

On Angel Rodriguez and Martavious Irving’s return…
“It is so different offensively. They still were not there. You could tell because of Angel’s legs. I thought we did a good job against Florida. After they pressed a little bit we got moving, especially in the first half when we did not move very well. I think some of it was those guys were not in sync. Instead of attacking their defense, we kind of just stood around trying to figure out what they are in. We talked about both of those games movement, reading and space. I thought we did a little bit better job in the second half. Rodney started making good shots, and our screeners started screening. We got the ball to him in the right spots.”

On Angel Rodriguez’s productivity …

“His is learning to play without the ball and get the ball to people. He will get better and better. Martavious actually made more progress in the week than Angel did. He could not move that thing a week ago. I thought they did a pretty good job when they did not play. I talked to Angel just about getting some minutes against South Dakota. One is 0-of-5, while the other is 0-of-6, and one is 1-of-5. So they are both 1-of-11. You need that game rep. Now we have another week, which I am not sure if I am happy about it. In their case, they can take a day off tomorrow and get treatment.”

On Rodney McGruder…
“They did what Gonzaga did. They bumped him off of every cut. He did not react very well to that. In the second half, he got moving. Maybe they got tired and were not as physical with him. They started losing him, and maybe our guys did a little better job of finding him. We just got in that zone. Him and Will (Spradling) put in the most time shooting. It is not even close. We just hoped sometime it was going to kick in, and it was obviously good that it kicked in today for Rod. He had open looks against South Dakota and UMKC. Today obviously he got going and made some big shots for us.”

Senior Guard Rodney McGruder
On what changed in between halves…
“I had some shots that I could have made in the first half. I just wanted to be a leader. I wanted to step up and be aggressive for my team, and all of the other guys stepped up as well. Nino (Williams) played tremendously. It was a great team effort.”

On the team’s complete effort…
“I would say it was the most complete effort of the year. We did it against a Top 25 team. So that was big for us.”

On beating a Top 25 team …
“It was really big. Coach stressed that there are only three ranked teams in our conference one being ourselves, along with Oklahoma State and Kansas. This was actually my first win since I have been here of conference play for the first game. So, it is a great feeling.”

Oklahoma State Quotes
Head Coach Travis Ford
Opening statement…
“You have to congratulate Kansas State; they made big plays at the end of the game and they made some big shots. Anytime you get outrebounded like we did, and you let one guy go off in a close game for 26 points in the second half, you are not going to win.”

On guarding Rodney McGruder…

“We did a little switching on certain screens, so different guys got caught on him. It was not one guy defensively; it was one great player going off. He made some great shots, a couple in the last seconds of the shot clock. He drove it and was able to make some nice floaters. When you start going off on that, everyone starts playing him and then he finds other people. Give him credit; it was more of him scoring than what we did. He just made good shots.”

On opening Big 12 play on the road…
“It is what I figured it would be. It is a tough league, with a lot of similar teams – our two teams are very similar – we kind of have the same strengths. I knew it was going to be a physical game.”

On the play of Markel Brown and Marcus Smart…
“We have got to give them more help. We had two guys carrying the load. Those guys scored in the high 20s and we only got single digits from our fours and fives. We have got to get some help scoring the basketball. We are just putting too much on those guys. Basically, they are the only two guys who can create their own shots. But we are going to have some other guys step up.”

On K-State…
“I thought they were very good. You do not beat Florida if you are not very good. They are well coached, they are veteran players, and they have got everybody back from last year except for one player. They are supposed to be good and they are good. They did not surprise me any, I knew they were good. I knew Rodney McGruder was that good.”

On comparing last year’s K-State team to this year’s team…
“They play hard, just like they did last year. They play physical. They use rebounding as a weapon on the offensive. Their offense is ran a little bit differently but they are the same team as they were last year.”

Freshman Guard Marcus Smart
On the physicality of the game…
“It was exactly like I expected. I knew it was going to be tough and physical. It is a battle every game. It was very physical but that is exactly what I expected.”

On the play of Rodney McGruder…
“We lost him on some defensive matchups. We switched a lot of screens and he was able to find some open space and he was able to knock down some shots to help his team.”

On his team’s foul trouble…
“It hurt us big time because K-State’s thing is to go to the offensive glass. They lead the league in offensive rebounds, and for us to not have our inside presence there to help us get those rebounds affected us a lot. With myself being in foul trouble, it affected the game also. I kind of start things and they follow my lead and that really affected our team.”