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Feb. 19, 2014

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Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement…
“It is disappointing in some ways, but it is kind of what you expected.  Obviously we had three emotional games in a row, Texas, Kansas and the loss Saturday to Baylor.  No matter what we say, we probably are not going to come out with great emotion and focus.  I think one of the worst things that happened was when we went up 11-2 because now even if there is some fear I put into them, we just went really flat.  I think we got to 14 and stayed there forever, but to their credit, the second half we did a lot better job on (Kyan) Anderson.  Between Will (Spradling) and Jevon (Thomas), they got him under control a little bit and then our bench again was very good.  Jevon was important in that run. Omari (Lawrence) in the first half had to play the four man.  We got into foul trouble and did some good things. D.J. (Johnson) has been good. I wish Thomas (Gipson) could get double-doubles for the rest of the year.  Hopefully he can buy into that.  Will is just solid. He hit those big three’s down in that run that were very important. I told them it was an NCAA game because if you lose, it really puts you in a bind.  At halftime we could have used some motivation.  Give the credit to these guys (Will and Thomas).  In the second half, we played with a little bit more energy and a little bit more intensity.  Now we have to regroup, go to Oklahoma and see what we can do.”

On the upper classmen taking over in the second half…
“I think the focus and the maturity of the young guys, they just were not ready to play.  Marcus (Foster) has been so good in this stretch.  He is probably mentally a little worn down.  Wesley (Iwundu) was not ready. Nigel (Johnson) was not ready.  We were throwing balls and hitting guys in the head. I thought Jevon in the second half gave some good energy and did what he could do.  It is great that the older guys, that is what you expect. They are supposed to be there. What really hurt us is when we went up 11-2, Nino (Williams) is in and is good in the zone. He flashes, has two fouls and now he has to go out. Now we are rotating D.J., Thomas, Ryan Schultz and Omari.  It was some unconventional line-ups and probably cost us a little bit.  Somebody seems to step up and we have enough guys that stepped up and made plays.”

On the energy being there in the first half…
“It was not. They will tell you. Obviously it is the first thing on the board. You anticipate that.  You could not play off the crowd.  They did not get us excited when we had a run, so you have to bring your own energy just like on the road. That is probably why we struggle on the road.  We have so many young guys, I am hoping that is part of the reason.  Fouls, being a little late, not being in position, we had 18 turnovers against them last time too.  They are in a zone, push the ball, flatten them out, swing the ball, and make them make the mistake.  Even Thomas wanted the ball. We got it to him today and then he is not ready to make a play.  Then he hesitates and now it is a travel.  Hopefully we will have a little better focus on Saturday.”

Senior Guard Will Spradling
On the upperclassmen taking charge in the second half…
“I felt like the upperclassmen have been doing a good job the last couple of weeks. Obviously Shane (Southwell) has not been able to play, but he has done a good job on the bench helping people out too. Omari (Lawrence) has stepped up and has been big the last couple of weeks. It is something that we need to keep doing.”

On guarding Kyan Anderson…
“We just did a great job of helping. Obviously he is a great one-on-one player and is tough to guard one-on-one. The bigs did a great job of hedging and the guards did a great job of shrinking the gaps and made him give it up.”

On playing Oklahoma…
“They want to play real fast pace. We play up-tempo sometimes, but it is not something that we want to get into with them. We do not want to make it a game of runs. We really have to lockdown on defense and push the ball when we have opportunities but also take care of the ball and be smart.”

Junior Forward Thomas Gipson
On beginning of the second half…
“We were fouling, and I do not know if it was us being out of position or how the refs operate, but we played hard. We just fought back and battled. That is what happened.”

On second half exchange with Karviar Shepherd…
“It was the heat of battle and competition. Everybody wants to play hard. I feel like everybody got it going after that. It was good.”

On second half exchanges…
“In the first half, our defense’s energy was not like how we played against Texas and Kansas. Our intensity was not there. We were losing on our play hard chart a little bit. In the second half, we just got it together and started playing more team defense and trying to shut down Kyan Anderson. The energy came from when (Karviar) Shepherd and me got into it. We got into an altercation, but we have to play like that every day.”

TCU Head Coach Trent Johnson
Opening statement…
“We just got worn down by the physicality, mostly in the post. They just wore us down. It seems like the last four or five games, Kyan (Anderson) has played exceptionally well offensively and defensively, making reads in the zone and keeping us in games. I felt like we had a pretty good half and for the most part, we were in the game with thirty minutes left. The ball did not go down for us. Like I said, we could not keep them off of the glass. It was not a lack of effort; it was just them being deeper. Quite frankly everyone in the league is deeper than us in the post. I have a lot of respect for Bruce (Weber) as a coach.”

On lack of effort…
“I thought we did a decent job on the zone. If there is a lack of energy then there is a lack of energy going on. Here is my point about Bruce Weber`s team, when they lose a game, they come back. I have a lot of respect for this team and I have a lot of respect for the guy running their show. He will not let his kids come out flat, especially after a loss. They are playing for too much.“

On TCU`s struggles…
“I need to get everyone playing well. Kyan (Anderson) is starting to struggle a little. We cannot put together back-to-back halves; we are just not a team of the caliber, to be brutally honest. Kansas is a ranked basketball team. Iowa State is a ranked basketball team, so our margin of error is very small.”

Junior Guard Kyan Anderson
On K-State focusing on him more in the second half…
“That is what it seemed like. In the first half, I got going. In the second half, I tried to make adjustments to get the ball out of my hands to force my teammates to make good plays and they did a good job at it.”

On the key of the game…
“I felt like it was intensity on our part. We came out with a lot of intensity and we also came out with a lot of energy. We talked a lot about rebounding the ball well. I feel like we did that a lot. We made good plays on transition opportunities. I felt like that was the biggest thing.”

On TCU’s rebounding…
“On our part, it is just about everybody rebounding, especially with us with the limited amount of players that we have. As a team, we need to do better at getting rebounds no matter what the size difference is. In the second half, it felt like we had a lot of turnovers on our part. So we just have to limit those and rebound better.”

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