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Feb. 22, 2014

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Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening comment...
“It is an understatement to say that we caught them on a day when they were ready to go. I think it would be interesting to look at everyone coming off a bye week to see how they have played. We knew this would be tough going on the road. This is our second game we’ve had to play someone off a bye week on the road. I hope the league looks at the number of double road games and your number of three-out-of-four road games. If we are going to have a good league we need to have a balanced schedule for everyone. Give credit to Oklahoma. They were ripping and roaring and once they get going they can score some points. Obviously, the turnovers in the first half led to some easy baskets and once they got the easy baskets, they got into a heat-check mode and they were making shots. Their switching bothered us. It bothered us the first time but we played at home and we made enough plays that we were able to find a way to win that thing. This time we gave them too many points. To our guys’ credit, they kept playing and battling. We made it at least somewhat respectable in the second half.”

On the first half...
“In the first half, I think everyone who played for them scored, but the highest was only at seven or eight at halftime. They share the basketball very well and they spread you. It was 17 points off turnovers at halftime and I think it’s an 18- or 19-point game. That is it. We only had two, so it’s a 15-point difference.  In the first half at our place we got a lot of transition 3’s and a lot of transition baskets. To their credit they have a lot of people that can do things. I thought they shared the basketball, they got it to the right guys and then they stepped up and made shots. Then (Ryan) Spangler… it seems like when they did miss they got the offensive rebound. That was another factor that made a difference.”

On losing six straight road games...
“They are disappointed that they got their butts kicked today. This league is tough and it’s hard to win at home and it’s hard to win on the road. We easily could have won at Baylor. That was a double-overtime game where we played our hearts out. Iowa State was down to two minutes, West Virginia was down to two minutes, Texas was at the buzzer and Baylor was at the buzzer. We have been very competitive for the most part, up until today. It has happened to everybody. It happened to them here against Texas Tech. You run into a buzz saw. That is part of college basketball. I was hoping we would avoid it and we didn’t.”

On Oklahoma’s defense...
“We just didn’t do a good job dealing with their switching. They are the one team that basically switches everything except for (Ryan) Spangler. We just didn’t make the right reads. I thought that Jevon (Thomas) was one guy that finally just took it to the basket and made them react to it. I thought the rest of us went up soft. We seemed to always be going backward instead of forward. It is a credit to them for scheming to get us in a bind and then they got turnovers off of it. That led to transition baskets. It is probably a little of both. If you talk to Lon (Kruger) I think he’ll tell you that his defense is not the best that it has ever been but they sure got a bunch of people that can score.”

On the performance of the Kansas State freshmen...
“We need everybody to play well if we are going to have any push. We just have to have consistency. I thought in the first half we didn’t rebound, we lost people on sprint cuts on the baselines and we didn’t talk on switches. We can’t have our mindset totally on scoring. It has to be about us winning. That needs to be the biggest thing.”

On the team’s energy...
“I thought we played with great energy at Baylor. I’m not sure it was energy today as much as it was competitive spirit early. We just kind of let them do what they wanted to early and they just got going. Then we had just spotted them too many points to make it a good game.”

Junior Forward Thomas Gipson
On Kansas State’s first-half effort...
“It was disappointing. We didn’t come out and play hard; we didn’t compete. They had a week off and they were prepared for it.”

On the team’s defense...
“We just didn’t compete. I think that’s the bottom line.”

On the team’s struggles on the road...
“I think we feed off our crowd’s energy when we’re at home. When we’re away, we don’t have life, like we’re dead out there. That’s what it was in the first half.”

Freshman Guard Marcus Foster
On the team’s lack of energy...
“When we’re playing at home, the energy’s always there for us; we can feed off the crowd. From personal experience, when I play at home, I’m so comfortable. I know where I like to shoot and it’s just so easy to play at home. It’s like that for every player.”

On the up-and-down nature of the team’s play...
“I just have to figure out how I can be consistent every game and take my game to the next level. The team as a whole has to figure out a way to bring the pieces together. As the coaches were telling us, we have to figure out at this point of the season, close to the postseason, how to get the pieces to come together.”

On Oklahoma’s ability to get open shots...
“They swung the ball better today. They found holes in our defense and our schemes. They were knocking down shots and that helped them out a lot.”

Oklahoma Head Coach Lon Kruger
Opening comment...
“Really happy for the guys. They opened the ball game really sharp on both ends of the floor. They attacked offensively and had good awareness and good activity on the defensive end and converted some turnovers into points going the other way. They were patient yet aggressive on the offensive end. It was a really good win. Kansas State has been playing great and I know our guys have a ton of respect for them and realized that we had to play well if we wanted a chance to win.”

On the fast start in the first half...
“Real sharp, real sharp. I thought we were going downhill and had good attack, making the extra pass and then jumping up and shooting it in pretty good rhythm, making shots. They had some turnovers that we forced into transition offensively and converted there too. Most importantly I thought we were solid defensively. We did a great job on the defensive end and we didn’t give them too much easy and were very tough.”

On having a week to prepare for today’s game...
“The week off was good for us. The way the guys practiced, we had our best week of practice on the year. Monday we knew we had to improve some things and I thought they transferred a lot of that to the game. This group all year long has really understood that we have to keep getting better and we have consistently done that. Four games left now, we don’t have much time before Monday, but we have to keep getting better.”

On getting inspiration defensively from the way Kansas State plays...
“Without a question. I think, clearly they are the best in the conference, if not the country, in terms of playing each possession defensively like it’s the most important one and our guys recognize that. We said throughout the week that we have to play with more intensity and Kansas State is the standard. Our guys didn’t have a problem doing that. They recognize that what they do defensively and I thought that helped us play better.”

On how satisfying this win was after losing a close game at Kansas State earlier this season...
“Very satisfying. Again, Kansas State is a good team. I don’t know if we were in control in Manhattan but we were ahead with about five minutes to go. They made a good push but we didn’t finish. But Kansas State is great and Bruce (Weber) has done a great job. It’s hard to do that to a club the caliber of Kansas State.”

On the intensity of today’s win compared to the intensity OU came out with the loss to Texas Tech...
“It’s just the nature of sport, really. You don’t like to have the games like we had against Texas Tech. We haven’t really had any others like that this year in terms of opening up and just flat getting it taken to us. We have opened games consistently pretty much the same way. We didn’t open that one. Credit to Texas Tech. They did that and were a big reason for us opening like that, but it happens. Most importantly the guys bounced back from that experience and have learned from it. They played better in Stillwater and had a really good week of practice and opened well today.”

On the emphasis placed on driving and kicking leading up to this game...
“We have done that all year in terms of emphasizing the drive and kick. I think this week even more so driving with strength and absorbing the contact and making the extra pass. I thought Ryan (Spangler) was great at setting good screens in the first half. It sounds like a small thing, but you have to set a good screen to get open against Kansas State. I think we did a good job getting these guys open with some good ball screens.”

On having the quick turnaround at Kansas on Monday...
“It’s the nature of Big 12 play. All year long -- we have played 14 now -- and it seems like every time we have finished a game we are looking at another real good team a few days later. This time is a little quicker than that and it’s against a really good team. Kansas, I think clearly is one of the best teams in the country. Allen Fieldhouse is a great place to play and a great atmosphere. Our guys have a ton of respect for Kansas, but athletes look forward to those types of challenges. We will have a good practice tomorrow and be excited to go up there and take on Kansas.”

Sophomore Guard Buddy Hield
On if the team felt more refreshed today...
“We just came in like (it was) a regular game. Our coaches told us, ‘you need to guard the ball better.’ Our team did a good job of guarding the ball in the first half.”

Sophomore Guard Isaiah Cousins
On how it felt to have a good game today after going 0-for-8 from the field at Oklahoma State last game...
“It was kind good for me; a learning experience as a sophomore. I had to bounce back after a bad game. It just helped my confidence just to keep playing, keep being aggressive.”

Senior Forward Cameron Clark
On the team’s rebounding today...
“I think we did a good job on the glass. Just everybody trying to box out our man and get the rebound.”

On getting motivated to play defense...
“That’s what we’re going to have to do. Whether we like it or not, that’s what we’re going to have to do to win games. Coach (Lon Kruger) has been preaching that. We had this week to just watch film and go out there and play and I think we did a really good job.”