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Jan. 30, 2013

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Kansas State Quotes
Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement…
“I think we were all kind of disappointed after last week. One thing when we watched the film from Iowa State, I asked them after watching the film what they thought. They were full of grumbles. We did not play well, or do all of the little things that we needed to do. All we did tonight was challenge them to play hard. We have had the most this year on the play hard chart. Omari (Lawrence) had 16 points in 19 minutes, which is amazing. I do not think you could ever predict with Rod (McGruder) out and Will (Spradling) breaking his nose in the first half, and we would be up 19. It was great effort by Omari. There was also great energy from him and Thomas Gipson, and overall a great team effort. There was no doubt that Angel (Rodriguez) had more life. He was making great decisions with an 8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. For the most part, except for a few plays in the first half, I thought he did a great job against (Javan) Felix. One thing as a staff when we watched Texas, they took it to North Carolina. They played Michigan State, at Michigan State, down to the wire. They had Kansas. We had an extra staff meeting today just to talk about it. We got to them, and our defense played well and got some easy turnovers. In the second half, they challenged us a little bit. They made a little run and cut it to 13, and then Angel made a couple of really good plays at both ends of the court. That allowed us to keep it going. I asked for three shutouts in a row, and we got the lead to 25. You are not going to have very many Big 12 games that you can feel that comfortable. Baylor loses, and Oklahoma wins on the road. There are a bunch of people tied for second. We have a tough game there (Oklahoma) on Saturday. We need to see if we can do some damage on the road.”

On tremendous bench play…
“I mentioned Thomas and Omari. It was just a great effort by our guards and all of those guys coming off of the bench. We started J.O. (Henriquez). I just felt we needed a change and maybe get Thomas’ attention and give J.O. some confidence. I thought J.O. did pretty good with his seven points, four rebounds and you add that with Thomas’ 17 points and seven rebounds. That is pretty good contribution from our big guys. There is no doubt that the bench gave us a great lift not just on the scoring part, but with energy as well. Omari came on the weak side and did some things that he has never done before. They all did well on both ends of the court.”

On Angel Rodriguez’s assist-to-turnover ratio…
“I loved that he made great decisions, especially in the second half when they made their run and he waited on their ball screen and came back. He made the right decisions. Something that Texas’ coach said was that we passed the ball really well. That starts with Angel, and he is very under control. Things happen and he reads what the defense gives him.”

On Rodney’s lack of play in the first half…
“It started with our defense. Without Rodney and Will, we will not be as good in the front court. We got so many steals, turnovers and deflections. We got out in transition and ran the court. Angel pushed it, got some inside looks and that was the best part of it. It was the reason we were able to survive. It started on the defensive end and holding them to 19 points that is pretty impressive.”

Sophomore Guard Angel Rodriguez
On the bench contributing…
“I think the bench came out with a lot of energy, and I do not think I have seen anyone come out and play as hard as Omari did coming off the bench for us. I think his energy got us all going.”  

On his recent success …
“Like coach was saying, I am trying to keep myself under control and read what the defense gives me. I have a lot of confidence in my teammates. There are a lot of situations where I can make plays. If I can make a play for them; why not, if it is going well? So I just have to play smart.”

Junior Guard Omari Lawrence
On bouncing back from the two losses …
“We had two tough losses so we have to practice hard. We bounced back with a lot of good energy and effort today. We were really productive.”

On his extended playing time …
“My teammates trusted me, and coach trusted me. I just got out there and did good things. We just pushed the lead tonight and continued to play hard. Everything worked out for us.”

Sophomore Forward Thomas Gipson
On Angel’s success …
“We all have a lot of trust in Angel. He puts a lot of pressure on the defense. He takes pride in stopping the other team’s point guard. He is just a great team leader on the court.”

Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes
On how K-State played…
“I think what I told the team today is you have a team that is having a really good year, a team that earlier in the year that was as good as a rebounding team as there was in the country.  The last couple of games they have been hurt on the boards, they come home to play after losing two in a row, you know it is going to be a desperate game for them.  Every game should be a desperate game.  The first five minutes of the game the tone of this game would be set, we will see right from the beginning.  They came out and they were terrific.  They played a great game tonight.  We certainly helped them by not fighting.  They had early determination and intensity from the beginning.  We had chances.  It was the same thing –  turnovers, missed opportunities.  We had guys turning the ball over in the very beginning. You have to give them credit. ”

On K-State’s rebounding …
“I told them what I would say if I was Bruce.  I would say hey, we are supposed to be this great rebounding team, and we are getting out-rebounded.  So if we do not get anything right, then we better get that right.  They got that right; and if you look at it, they finished with 14 offensive rebounds but it sure seemed like a lot more than that.  They finished theirs and we do not do that. ”

On the Texas guards…
“We felt like the guards had to come down and be involved.  Some of those plays their guards got their hands in on the ball.  This is a pretty easy one to figure out.  We were not ready to play right from the beginning, rebound, and this is what you get.  We definitely deserved what we got because we did not do anything right in a lot of ways and they did a lot.”

On how K-State frustrated Texas…
“I think some of it is we do not move, that is all we have worked on for two to three weeks now.  Guys make one or two cuts and good teams will make you get the ball.  Our post guys did not do a lot early that we wanted them to.  You look at the turnovers; (Ioannis) Papatetrou had five.  I think the key is when we drive the ball in with two people close we do not deliver the ball where it needs to be delivered.  Demarcus Holland drives into the lane and tries to pass the ball to a guy that is a foot away from him.  We actually make a good pass to Prince (Ibeh), he is not ready to catch the ball.  Again, there is a lot of things. It is them doing what they are doing, and a lot of our ball handling and bad decisions on our part.”