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Feb. 2, 2014

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Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber

Opening statement...
"It is Groundhog Day for us. We keep repeating the same mistakes on the road. We do not play very well in the first half, but are able to battle in the second half to give ourselves a chance. West Virginia picked up their defense in the second half. We ran a few sets with success and they (West Virginia) took them away later on. We turned the ball over down the stretch in addition to not making key free throws. (West Virginia junior guard) Juwan Staten is a heck of a player. He was playing so well tonight that West Virginia was not running any plays. They used a high ball screen that we saw last time we played them at Kansas State. We could not guard him. Also Staten went to the line over 30 times. That is tough to deal with. Hats off to them. The loss is definitely disappointing. West Virginia has played a lot of close games this season and today they found a way to win it."

On struggles at the end of regulation...
"We had three turnovers and four missed free throws down the stretch. We need to execute better, I need to help our players and everybody needs to do a better job."

On frustration with road losses...
"This is what happens when you play good teams on the road sometimes. The Big 12 is not very forgiving. We pick it up on defense at home and are able to get stops, tonight West Virginia was making the crucial plays. We had success a couple of time but to their credit, they were able to put a stop to our success. We did not make the plays when we needed to."

West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins

On defense today...
"We were trying to play some matchups. They went 7 for 8 at the start of the second half. We tried to matchup and we were doing a little better but not very well. I wanted to find out if we could guard or if we could do what we were supposed to do. After I told them that, I think they did what they needed to do. They did great. We took a lot away from them and kept it on one side of the floor, finally. I’ve told you for seven years that we’re going to take away what they want to do. I think we took them out of their pick and roll series and all of the baseline stuff that they run. That’s what good coaches do. They figure out a way to stop them. We’re just young and dumb. We made a lot of really bad decisions."

On junior guard Juwan Staten...
"He wants to win. That’s the bottom line. We changed some things that we thought would help with Juwan. Honestly we got what we wanted. We thought we could get to the free throw line and that happened.I’ve said it a thousand times. The kid cares and he works. He spends time and studies film. I’m really proud of the fact that he hasn’t backed off. He’s kind of turned into one of the other guys who have turned into other great players that we’ve had. I tell them to step out of practice to save their legs and the next time I turn around they’re back in there. That’s the way they all are. He’s in early and stays late. He’s the kind of guy who you hope has success because he’s earned it."

On Shane Southwell...
"Shane is a tough matchup. We changed how we were going to guard him and I think that helped us a little bit. They missed some shots, obviously, but we did a great job."

On changes to offense...
"It helps so much. We had to get them spread, and we didn’t do it enough. We wanted to do that in the second half and then hoped that freshman forward Nathan Adrian and junior forward Remi Dibo could make some shots. We just need to work on our decision making. We had some missed shots and offensive fouls, but overall we did better."