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Postgame Quotes



Jan. 12, 2013

Recap |  Final Stats

Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber

Opening statement…
“When you get a road win you’re happy. And I told them last night like I did before George Washington that we just want to win by one, and we did again. I’d like to win by 20 but that’s probably not going to happen. I thought that they played very well. I don’t think anyone would’ve predicted that both teams shoot 51 percent, we’ve both had offensive woes all year. They shot the ball well. They kind of picked us apart, after every timeout they ran something to get any easy layup and we didn’t react well. At least the last possession we did get a stop when it really counted. It was a hard fought game. They’re better than people realize. They have quickness, when they get their inside game going they’re tough to stop. They get good spacing, especially when they make 3’s like they did today. They’re going to win some games here. We get a road win and get one up. Now we have to go to TCU and see what happens.”

On Shane Southwell’s 17-point performance to take pressure off of guard Rodney McGruder…
“I thought during the second half that Rodney got tired and he missed a couple. They went 1-3-1 with a minute left and we flashed them high post. He had a wide open look and it just didn’t go. You have to have other people make plays. I talked to them in the huddle about how you win games and that’s with people stepping up and making plays. Shane had a great game and Angel (Rodriguez) had two big plays. But they kept coming at us. They made shots and some plays. We had enough to stop them. You get lucky a bit with loose ball bounces and Shane comes up with a big block down the stretch. We have eight guys that are pretty much eight starters, and they can all play.”

West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins

On what was called for the last play…
“Run the play that we ran for Da’Sean (Butler) when he made five-game winning shots. I just know we didn’t get it.”

On why Juwan Staten is not playing…
“He has to get on the same page as me or he is not going to play anymore.”

On if the team competed better this game…
“I thought we competed for the most part. The problem is we don’t do it for a consistent period of time. Did all nine guys that played compete? Absolutely not. Most of them did. When your guy is dunking it at one end and you haven’t got to the other foul line yet, you are probably not competing real hard.  Overall, I think we did. Going into the Texas game, I believe we made more free throws then anyone in the power six conferences and then we go 12 for 22. I think we had three times where we had transition deals and they steal the ball when we are dribbling it. That is hard to do when you have a guy coming full speed down the floor and if the guy is protecting the ball and not foul the guy, it’s not hard. We didn’t protect the ball very well. 

On being young and making mistakes…
“I don’t make excuses. We started two sophomores and a freshman on the perimeter. Our first sub off the bench was a freshman. We make some mistakes because we are young. Kevin Noreen throws the ball away on a one-point game. I don’t think anybody in here is going to say that Kevin Noreen doesn’t try or Kevin Noreen didn’t give you great effort or didn’t have the right intentions. Sometimes you screw up. He was trying to do the right thing. He was trying to get the ball to Aaric (Murray). Eron Harris made a heck of a shot. I didn’t see what happened on the foul called. I don’t know what happened. I saw he fouled and I was trying to make sure we were in the right spots in the 1-3-1.”

Every game is going to be close and you certainly cannot miss free throws and then every call becomes a whole lot more important. When I had really good teams, I thought the officials were pretty good. They missed some I didn’t think they were going to and that is the nature of the game. I screwed up some things and players screwed some things up too. We played hard. I thought we had every chance to win it. You play 18 league games and we have lost two at home. Best we can do is 7-2 at home.