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Feb. 16, 2013

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Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening Statement …
“It was a good win against an obviously good team. They are very talented. You can see how explosive they are. We talked about 40 minutes and, against them, it is something that you have to play because they can get that 12-0 run. They have a lot of weapons. I thought our guys did a good job. We talked about making our guys accountable on defense, and we did that. We got some inside touches, some three’s from Shane (Southwell) and even second chance points. Rebounding early, they kind of kicked our butts the first four or five minutes. Our guys picked it up. We controlled the boards, and we made them turn it over. I think that is their season high for turnovers and our season low on the other end. I was disappointed the last couple of games because we had 14 turnovers and that is too many if you are going to play against good teams and win. You start with Angel (Rodriguez) who had a double-double with 22 points and 10 assists against one of the best guards, not only in the league but in the country. I do not know if he shut him down but slowed him up a little bit. Then for Jordan Henriquez, it was good to get him going. If he can give us that kind of energy and minutes, it makes it easier. Shane got us going in the first half with the three’s and a couple in the second half that extended the game. It was a lot of good team play. Even when Omari (Lawrence) came in, both of the times he came in we made a nice little run. That was a positive. It was a good team win with a lot of positive stats. I know we scored 81, but to hold them to 61 is still a pretty positive stat. That has to be the thing, when we do not score, we have to be able to shut people down. After playing Kansas I told those guys, we scored more points at Kansas then we did at home, but you cannot give up 80 to a good team and have a chance to win. We won one, and now we move on in our little bracket to Monday night and get to play West Virginia at home, and see if we can do a little better than last weekend.”

On Southwell matching up against Isaiah Austin…
“Well (Isaiah) Austin even though he will post up some, he is more of a perimeter guy. We talked to Shane about just getting into him. Shane is pretty long himself, not as long as him, but use your quickness and get into him and stay down on shot fakes. The first couple of possessions they posted us up. They usually run what we call a baseline runner, where they are looking to shoot the ball, but this time they ran baseline runner to feed the post. They scored once against Jordan and once against Shane, and then they did a better job of fighting in the post. One of the things on the board was that transition defense was important against them, but playing post defense before your guy gets it. If you let their guys get it deep, they are pretty effective.”

On Jordan Henriquez’s play…
“Some of it is that he is better against bigger guys. I do not think that there is any doubt. He just got going. It was a positive. (Thomas) Gipson struggled a little bit, but he kept smiling and was happy that J.O. did well. Gip has had his moments, now this was his. I just like that he got rebounds, blocked shots and he was the backstop to our defense. Early on penetration, we helped. We called help uphill, we go up to the ball and they dropped it down to dunk. J.O. figured it out that he had to stay back, then he was able to deal with some of the easy layups. He blocked a layup and contested a dunk. Being the backstop to the defense is really helpful.”

Sophomore Guard Angel Rodriguez
On his connection with Jordan Henriquez…
“He loves it. Ever since I came here we had a good connection. I feel like this year it has not been as effective as last year. That definitely gets him going. He obviously heated up after that dunk and goes and makes a good defensive play.”

On responding to Baylor’s 12-0 run…
“We got into the huddle and the first thing that we said was that they punched us, and we have to punch them back. We responded as a team and started getting shout outs and made positive plays on the offensive end, which got us going. It is hard when you punch somebody and they punch you back. It brings you down, and we brought them down, and it was hard for them to make a run on us.”

On defending Pierre Jackson…
“The coaches and my teammates challenged me. Not only does (Pierre) Jackson score, but he makes plays for others. He is very fast, so I tried my best to stay in front of him as much as possible. I have to give credit to my teammates as well, because the times he went by me, a big tried to step-up. I challenged myself, especially on defense. He leads the league in scoring and assists and I do not want him scoring above his average. I did that today and I am happy about that.”

Junior Guard Shane Southwell
On reasons for playing well….
“Two of them, my mom came, and lately I have not been following through on my shots. So coach told me to warm-up with one-hand form shooting.”

On wearing his emotions on his sleeve…
“The honest truth is that I had a hard time shooting, and now that I am making shots, why would I not be excited.”

Senior Forward Jordan Henriguez
On today’s win against Baylor…
“It feels good playing well, it has been a while. We were prepared to go against great talent like Baylor.”

On free throws…
“I work on my free throws, my percentage may speak for itself, but I am in the gym putting in the time. I feel if I make them in practice by myself, I can make them in a game.”

On his senior year…
“I realized from the start of the New Year, that I needed somebody to tell me that. Not just from somebody on the outside, but within my team and coaching staff and I apply to it really well. I just got to take advantage of it each day.”

Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew
Opening statement…
“I thought Kansas State showed why they are the 10th ranked team in the nation. We have done a much better job of taking care of the ball in other games and in the backcourt. K-State forced us into 19 turnovers. So, hats off to their defense. The second thing was offensive rebounding. That was disappointing. Second chance points were 15-5 them, and that kind of sums up the game right there. I thought Coach (Bruce) Weber did a great job of the game plan. The players obviously executed well.”

On K-State’s run in the second half…
“I think Angel (Rodriguez) made a big three, and we seemed to run out of gas. We shot ourselves in the foot with a couple of turnovers. Offensively we tried to switch some stuff, but it led to some easy buckets for K-State. I thought we did a great job of coming back. We kind of ran out of gas, and they had another gear. ”

On K-State’s defense…
“I think it was a combination of both. There defense harassed us and sped us up. We just made some rushed decisions. I also thought we took care of the ball better than we did, but we had 19 turnovers more uncharacteristic of us than characteristic.”

On Angel Rodriguez…
“Angel is phenomenal. That is an All-American out there. He is as good as you will find in college basketball. He controlled the tempo, and with 22 points, 10 assists and two turnovers. That is amazing.”

Junior Guard Brady Heslip
On K-State’s defense…
“They played great defense. They have some seriously good defenders. (Rodney) McGruder is a very good defender. (Angel) Rodriguez gets his hands in there and tips some loose balls. I do not know how many steals those two had together, but then you have (Jordan) Henriquez with some blocked shots. I had a couple of really bad turnovers that I wish I could get back, but credit to them. They played really well. They played really good defense too.”

On a sense of urgency…
“There is definitely a difference. In this game tonight, we were trying to get those home run plays instead taking it and chipping away at each possession slowly, getting the stop and going out and executing. We will watch some film and learn from it.” 

Senior Guard Pierre Jackson
On K-State’s pressure…
“Some of their players were on shooting. (Shane) Southwell hit some big three’s. We did not do a good job of communicating on defense. We did not do a good job of talking and that is just the scouting
report.”

On turnovers…
“I felt that they sped us up a bit. I made a couple of careless mistakes that I do not usually do. That is credit to their coaching staff and getting the players in the right spot and executing.”