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Jan. 22, 2013

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Kansas State Head Coach and Player Quotes
Head coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement…
“If you see a game in the 50’s, you may think you can find a chance at victory. To Kansas’ credit, they made three’s. They do not get rattled. They find ways to win. We obviously relied on the three ball tonight, but it is something that they give you. That is why Iowa State had a chance to beat them at their place. You have to hit the open ones, and that will make them defend you a little different. We did not do that. Somewhere along the line we have to get some more inside looks. We have to get some penetration to the basket. (Jeff) Withey makes a difference in there. He did not really have a block, but maybe because that is we did not go in there and challenge him. As a coach, you make too big of a deal that we did not go in there far enough and see if he could get blocked shots. I told the guys before that the two difference makers in the game would be the little things like loose balls, 50-50 balls and offensive rebounds. They won those battles. Those other guys (Perry) Ellis and (Naadir) Tharpe coming in the first half when the starters were in trouble. They made the difference. We did not have other guys to do damage. You have to give credit to them. It is a big game for the seniors. We had a great crowd and atmosphere. You have to want these opportunities, but we did not grab it. There is a long way to go and a lot of games to go, and we have to worry about getting better and ready for Iowa State.”

On three-point shooting…
“We knew if we penetrated they would swarm to the basketball, and we were able to kick it out. Shane (Southwell) spreads the defense. I think even at times we had some open ones, but passed them up. We have a saying that closer is not better, but open is better. I know you have to make them, but if you pass up that open shot, run a play, have someone out of motion or you pass it up, it seems like every time we did that we got ourselves in a bind. I thought Angel (Rodriguez) in the beginning got a little more aggressive to get in the paint, and he was able to find some people for some open shots. Rod (McGruder) got going in the second half. We just have to find ways to get Rod open not just for three’s, but other scoring opportunities.”

On what Kansas did defensively…
“I think the only time they really hurt us was in transition. They look for steals off of bad shots off of blocked shots, and some of our three’s created some opportunities for them. I thought our coaches did a great job that guys have bought into what we preach. We executed our defensive game plan, and in the half-court they did not get very many easy baskets. It was either more transition, one-on-one or second chance type of points.”

Senior Guard Rodney McGruder
On looking ahead…
“I am a little upset we lost that game. This is the last time we will play them here in Bramlage, but coach said you cannot keep your head down. We have a lot of basketball left. This cannot be the end of it. We just have to get over it. We just have to prepare for Iowa State on Saturday no matter what. They do not care whether we won or not, they are going to prepare for us. We just have to let this one go and see them down the road.”

Junior Forward Shane Southwell
On his role in the offense …
“I am very comfortable in how I am playing in the offense. Motion is better for wing players or four players that are able to step up and make plays and decisions. Tonight I went 5-of-11 for three, and I feel like if I had followed through on three of them, I would have made them. We just have to do better on the little things like coach said, loose balls, couple of gambles and rebounds. There was one in particular when I let Kevin Young get an offensive rebound.”

On the significance of this matchup…
“It was very important. Any time you play against a good team like this, you want to win a game like that especially because of the magnitude of the rivalry. They win all the time so we have to start getting some wins against them. I think JO (Henriquez) and Martavious (Irving) have only beat them once or twice. We have another chance, but right now we need to focus on Iowa State.”

Kansas Head Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Bill Self
On the offense’s play…
“First off I know what possession you were talking about, because Ben (McLemore) was a non-factor at that point with his fouls. He got his first basket off of a broken floor play. It was a big offensive rebound for Kevin (Young). I am sure that the game went the way most of you predicted. Both teams are very good offensively, it just came down to making some plays and having some key moments and that was one of the plays that we made. I think the biggest play of the game was Jeff’s (Withey) jump hook when Kansas State cut the game to three. He catches the ball and is able to score over very good defense that Jordan (Henriquez) was playing. There were a couple plays like that, which allowed us to keep our distance. We made it hard on ourselves by not converting at the free throw line and things like that.”

On Ben McLemore…
“I was going to play him, but we waited a second to see how the game was going. We got up 27 to 21 even though that is not a comfortable lead, we kind of had a distance and I said let us go ahead and not play him. We just had some guys make some plays, Perry (Ellis) made a huge play when he caught it, drove it and got the goaltending call. That last play of the first half, when (Kevin) Young scored with one second left, those plays are the difference of winning and not winning.”

On Shane Southwell…
“I think he would get my vote for most improved player in the league. Because if you remember last year we played a triangle-and-two and the guy we did not guard was not Shane and he did not even look at the basket. Rodney McGruder is terrific and Angel Rodriguez had an unbelievable first half, but he was probably their best offensive threat tonight.”

Senior Guard Travis Releford
On playing defense against Rodney McGruder…
“Starting out in the first half, I think I did real well, making him uncomfortable and not let him get easy looks at the rim. I think in the first half he had only two points. The second half my teammates continued to help me by letting me get through down screens. I just continued to do whatever the team needed me to do, because we knew that he would be the guy they were going to go to on offense.“

On the defensive game plan against Will Spradling…
“I just pressured him, I do not think we did anything different, we just tried to put a lot of pressure on the guards.”

Senior Center Jeff Withey
On Kansas State three-point attempts…
“Our game is to not let a team get into the paint and I think we did a good job at that and that is what forced them to shoot a lot of threes. “

On the win over Kansas State…
“Whenever you can get a win on the road, it is good. It is still early still. They are still going to win games. They are going to come to Allen Fieldhouse so they have a chance to win at our place. It matters to the people Kansas, but as for the league, it is so early that it does not matter that much.”