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K-State v. Texas Tech Postgame Quotes


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Jan. 28, 2014

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Head coach Bruce Weber
Opening Statement…
“Every time you win, it was not pretty you still have to be happy. We call this gut-check week after coming off two big losses. We have competed with top-25 teams. We just could not find a way to win. We came out in the first half and played energized basketball. It was good to be back home. We went on a stretch where we held them scoreless for eight minutes. We had great energy from the bench, and then Will (Spradling) got going as well. I think it helps that Jevon (Thomas) being at the point. We are getting Will off a screen which is very positive. We had our chances in the first half to stretch it out. We have to make good decisions towards the end of the half. We keep giving up baskets in key momentum situations. We missed four layups to start the second half, and then they pushed it at us and got some baskets. They started to feel good and the game changes. In gut-check time, Will made an unbelievable layup. Marcus (Foster) did not make many shots, but he made a great pass to Wesley (Iwundu) for a dunk. We also got enough stops when we needed to. I thought in the first half we rebounded pretty well, but in the second half they took it to us. They do not quit. Tubby Smith has done a great job. They are a tough team. The play together and they play hard.”

On his teams’ substitution patterns…
“We had no energy. They did not get back on defense. They gave up easy layups. You got to run back, we cannot let our offense dictate what our defense does. It has to be our foundation. I think some of our guys had their hands hanging instead of playing. Go make the next play. The first group got us a big lead. The second group, the subs, D.J. Johnson, Nino Williams and Jevon came in and added some much-needed pressure. Obviously the thing with that group, they had the energy tonight. We told guys if they were not going to play hard we were going to play other people. If that group keeps playing hard and making plays, then they are going to keep playing.”

On the bench saving the day…
“They absolutely did. I do not think that without a doubt. I did not look at the plus and minus, but Thomas (Gipson) was 2-for-4, Shane (Southwell) was 1-for-7 and Marcus was 1-for-8. So 4-for-19 are not great numbers, and that was our three leading scorers. Someone from the bench must have done it like we said.”

Senior Guard Will Spradling
On the play of the game …
“We clicked on defense. We were giving up easy layups in the second half. We were giving them easy shots, but that was when we turned it on. On the defensive end, we made stops and on the offensive end we made shots.”

On Texas Tech’s halftime adjustments…
“They started to run a lot more pick-and-rolls. We got stuck with a lot more guards on bigs that caused a little bit of a rebounding problem, and that caused them for more tip ins. At the end of the game, we really clapped down on team rebounding and that was big.”


Texas Tech Head Coach Tubby Smith
Opening Statement…
“I was impressed. This was the first time that I have had a chance to coach at Kansas State. They have a great crowd and a great atmosphere. They certainly made the plays down the stretch to get the win. I thought our guys showed a gallant effort tonight and it just was not enough.”

On Kansas State bench play…
“They scored 25 points. I thought that they were very impressive. I thought (Omari) Laurence and (Nino) Williams did a very good job. We knew they had a deep bench, and they utilized it very effectively.”

On his team’s defense…
“It was okay at times, but we still had too many breakdowns individually. We just had guys making too many mistakes.”

Senior Forward Jaye Crockett
On his team’s effort tonight…
“I think it was good, it just was not consistent. The first half we came out really slow. The second half we started to pick it up. Coach (Tubby Smith) got us going in the locker room, and we started to make a change but it was just too late.”

On Kansas State’s defense…
“It is really aggressive. They switch when they need to switch and they communicate. They played really good defense out there They followed good defensive principles and it worked.”

On Texas Tech’s effort…
“We are missed a lot of easy shots but got our rebounds and that helped us a lot. We were trying to be aggressive out there on the boards. That is the goal, to win on the boards. The goal at the end of the game is to win on the boards and with the assist-to-turnover ratio.”

Sophomore Guard Dusty Hannahs
On tonight’s game…
“It is not good enough. We just cannot pride ourselves on moral victories, because we do not believe in that. It is a different year and a different team. We just have to come in here and win.”

On K-State’s depth…
“They are a team with some depth. They have a bunch of guys who can come in, can score, and will attack. “