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March 3, 2012

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Kansas State Head Coach & Player Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin
Opening statement...
"It was better, but in yesterday’s practice, we must have had 50 turnovers. I was worried about that and the way that the game started; we started turning the ball over, we had some casual plays but Will (Spradling) was really good today. I thought that he played the best game in three or four weeks. He gave us a lot of steady leadership on both ends of the floor. He picked up a cheap foul early trying to guard Keiton (Page) because one of our bigs messed up a defensive switch so I had to eliminate some minutes from his game because of foul trouble. But he was really good. He was engaged as he has been in a while. Rodney (McGruder) has obviously been engaged outside of that little two-week period. Jamar (Samuels) has been good as has Jordan (Henriquez). We have a group of guys that really, really get it and we have some other guys that who are trying to figure it out. That has been our challenge this year but we have been a lot more consistent than we used to be. We can grow during the course of the game, which as a coach, is what you hope for; that you can make adjustments and they are in tune so they can go out there and actually execute those adjustments rather than looking like you have got six heads.”

On Rodney McGruder...
"He is awesome. I just said on the radio outside that during his freshman year, he could not defend me. When I take him out of games, it is because he is tired, that is the kind of pride that we have, and whenever we get the ball, he runs harder than anybody on the floor and he never gets beat on defense. He is our second leading rebounder, he guards the best player on the other team and we run half of the stuff that we run to create cracks for him so that he can make a play. That is how good that he has been for our basketball team. He is a phenomenal kid to coach.”

On the offensive flow of the game…

"We did not foul in the second half. In the first half, we committed some silly fouls. I mean handchecks at the halfcourt line but those were things that we got away from as the game went on. We came out in the second half, we were better on defense and then obviously when you make shots, it helps remedy a lot of things. We made shots because we moved and cut. I think we had 21 assists for the game and that means that guys, especially in the second half, are moving the ball. By the way, I have not said this but my heart goes out to those kids from Oklahoma State. To lose another to injury a couple minutes into the game and then Markelle Brown goes down; he played because he had to. He could barely walk. After the game, I shook his hand and he could barely hold his wrist the right way. It’s unfortunate that those kids have dealt with that this year.”

Senior Forward Jamar Samuels
On whether he got nervous not having his mom at the senior walk…
“It was one of those “Ah” moments. But when they said she will be here as soon as she can I was like ‘alright, ok.’ Then the second half came and I saw her and I got a little excited.”

On his thoughts the night before the game
“I did not even go to sleep. I am running on four or five hours of sleep right now. But I just woke up thinking this is my last game in Bramlage Coliseum, I got to go out with a bang.”

On whether or not he went out with a bang
“I hope so. I wanted to try to get a career-high on rebounds but Brad told me it was too late.”

On Rodney’s scoring drive…
“One time he had 12 and I looked up again and it was like 20. I mean he can score a bunch and it looks a lot easier for him because he can hit the outside shot and his floaters are beautiful.”

Senior Forward Victor Ojeleye
On having his first career start…
“It was just an honor. I could not think of anything else but just being honored to be able to be out there and just be a part of what we are doing and have a different perspective out there. Whatever you can do to put it into words does not do it justice. I just am very thankful.

On his first basket…
“I just tried to relax myself and just go out there and play hard and do the things I was supposed to do. It feels good to score a basket but it was just more about the atmosphere.”

On the winning the last game of regular season and going into the Big 12 tournament…
“I think it is important. It is just the end of regular season play but it is also a stepping stone for us. When you wake up every day, it is a new opportunity and I think a positive experience like this and going out and doing things really well and also seeing things we need to improve on and give us an opportunity to get some momentum going for the Big 12 tournament and I think that is really important and it lifts up everybody’s spirits and gets us prepared.”

Oklahoma State Head Coach & Player Quotes
Head Coach Travis Ford
On the overall game…
“Our team played hard. We hung in there right at the gate. We did some things we wanted to do to try and stay in the game in the first half. K-State made a lot of key three’s in the first half to keep extending the lead. We got in some serious foul trouble, losing one of our players. We are not real deep to begin with. It kind of made us start thinking about it a little bit on both ends. K-State is a very strong team, and I have a lot of respect for what Coach Martin has done this year, this team will make a run in the tournament. He has his kids playing well. I am very impressed with their two leaders, (Rodney) McGruder and (Jamar) Samuels. They are two great players on the team, and they lead everybody else. It is just impressive to watch them play. Our team, we are who we are. We were in it for a little while. We are just a little bit short right now, but you have to give K-State credit and wish them the best of luck.”

On the second half start…
“Our guys felt decent going into halftime. Once our guys came in, saw (Philip) Jurick and the situation he was in, it took a lot out of our players and some of our guys were down. We did not come out the way we needed to. Kansas State made a really good push. They had good defensive plays to get some in-transition points. When you start scoring in transition, which is something we did a decent job of in the first half, but we still had too many turnovers. We did a good job of coming out the first two or three minutes. Kansas State made a statement, and we just did not respond. Our guys were just down, and that was the significance of Philip’s injury. It took a lot out of us, but it could have happened either way.”

On Jamar Samuels…
“I just like the way he plays. He plays extremely hard. On offense he scores, he does not score off of set plays, but he scores in the offense, offensive rebounds. He gets to the right spot. He can score around the basket as well as a 16-foot jump shot. I like what he brings to the table. I told him after the game by the way he leads his team. He does not get a ton of touches or plays ran for him, but he can hurt you in a lot of different ways. I like his attitude on the court, and he seems to be a very good leader from our standpoint. He is just the type of player you want; he goes about his job, and he does not seem to worry about games when he does not score 17. It just does not seem to bother him."

Senior Guard Keiton Page
On a hot start…
“We just came down and let our offense come to us. We took what the defense gave us. We had a good pace to our offense, and my teammates were setting good screens for me. I got a couple of good open looks.

On McGruder’s tough defense…
“He is just a little bit bigger, longer and more athletic. He played on the high side of me more. His athleticism bothered me a little bit.”

On what to improve on going into the Big12 tournament…
“Our defense and our rebounding. We started off very well in the Big 12 .The last few games we have had it, but in the Big  12 tournament we are just going to have to rebound and play defense a little bit better to come out with some wins.”