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Feb. 15, 2011

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Kansas at Kansas State

Kansas State Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin
On slowing down KU’s offense…
“They still shot 50 percent in the first half. We just turned them over some. I think that a couple of the turnovers were from our defense and I am sure that Bill (Self) was not happy with some of the turnovers. I do not know what Bill said but they had some lazy turnovers in the first half. Then, in the second half we kind of switched defenses up. We just tried to slow them down because they are so good when they play fast, they are a handful to deal with. Our guys were sharp and I give our guys a lot of credit.”

On quality possessions…
“We have been playing good offense we just have not been making shots. The thing that we were real good at today was our turnovers in the first half were low and our offensive possessions, we ran offense. We did not settle and take shots or make lazy cuts. We ran our offense. At the end of the day we attacked off the dribble and we did not settle for 3-pointers, and then the times we settled we jumped up and made shots. Sometimes the ball goes in for you.”
     
On Jacob Pullen…
“Jake has been playing good for a while now. He has been real good and is playing as a big-time point guard right now. I am happy that he had that type of night tonight.”

On if this was the best crowd…
“As the game went on, I think that the crowd started believing just like our players. As the game progressed the crowd just kept getting better and better. We play well here because of those crowds. Our guys love playing in front of those fans.”

Guard Jacob Pullen
On his performance tonight…
“I was just trying to take good looks. I was just trying to be patient and not be overly aggressive and just take the shots that were given to me. My teammates did a great job of rebounding the ball, setting the screens and keeping Kansas honest so they could not overly help. I give a lot of credit to my coaching staff and my teammates. They made some good sets to get my open looks.”

On how good he felt in the first half…
“My shots were just going in and I felt good about how we were playing as a team. I felt good that we were rebounding, limiting them to one shot and getting into transition and I felt good that all of the people were stepping up. We were not just standing and watching, we were having people create plays off the dribble and taking good shots. I felt good about my team going into this game.”
 
On a resume building game…
“I do not look at the brackets so I do not know what they are going to say in the meetings. They might think that this was a fluke but you never know. We just have to continue to win games. We just have to find a way to win on the road and find a way to win at home. We have Oklahoma coming in on Saturday. Last year we beat the No. 1 team and then relaxed and lost at home the next game. We want to try and avoid that this year.”

Guard Rodney McGruder
On staying tough throughout the game…
“We knew that this game meant a lot to our season. It could be a turning point for our season. Coach (Martin) just stressed to play with a lot of energy and urgency. That is what we came out and did.”

Kansas Quotes
Head Coach Bill Self
On tonight’s loss…
“That was a beat down. I thought they controlled the game from the opening tip. Possession by possession they beat us in every aspect of the game. We had our chances. When you look at it, we would have held them to 46 points had (Jacob) Pullen not scored 38 points.”

On K-State’s defensive performance…
“I thought they did a very good job of being physical. They cut off all our angles on both ends of the floor. We did not have anyone play well. Our three juniors did not come to play tonight.”

On Jacob Pullen performance …
“He had 38 points on national TV against a team that did not deserve to be ranked No. 1 in the country. (Jacob) Pullen is class all the way.”

Guard Tyrel Reed
On being ranked No. 1 in the nation…
“We knew because Coach Self told us earlier in the day that we were No.1, but that is just a ranking, it does not really mean anything to us.”  

On K-State fans rushing the court…
“Their security staff did a good job of getting there and separating the fans from the players.”

On his teams’ two technical fouls ….
“Those things have got to be addressed. We have to be more of a mature team and understand those things are not meant for the basketball court, especially when we were down and losing. We have to be a mature team, we have to know the things we can and cannot do.”

On how KU played Jacob Pullen…
“I do not think we guarded him very well. We gave him too much leeway early and he was able to get shots off. When you get into a rhythm as a scorer like he is, it is hard to stop him after that. ”

On KU’s play…
“Obviously we were upset with the way we played, but give K-State credit for that. They caused us to play bad. I do not think we came in prepared and in the mindset that we needed to have. We knew it was going to be a tough game because this is always a tough place to play. But we are not going to panic, there are obviously things we need to do better. So we will go and watch film and get ready for our next game.”

Center Jeff Withey
On tonight’s loss …
“We have to rally around ourselves. We do not have a large part of our team right now because a lot of our guys are hurt. But we are going to take this loss and try to spin it into a positive. If you look at the 2008 team, they lost here too, so you never know what will happen.”