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Postgame Quotes



March 16, 2013

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Kansas State vs. Kansas
Big 12 Championship - Final
Kansas State Head Coach and PlayerQuotes

Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement...
“I couldn't be more proud of our kids, great group. They've really had great chemistry. They've listened and got better. And it's just a shame that we didn't shoot it a little better, take care of the ball a little better, and make it a little better game. But Kansas was very good. They have good matchups with us. And you've got to play your A game if you're going to have a chance. We just didn't play well enough. So hats off to them. We've had a great year, won a piece of the Big 12 Championship, got to the championship. We've done a lot of good things, but there's still more good things to come. Hopefully that's what the kids – I told them to keep their heads up and we got basketball left. But the next time you're sad it's all over, and I don't want that to come for a while.”

On the offensive strategy…
“We went into it with the same mindset as we always do. I think the guys alluded to it, we took some quick shots. Some of it was I think they wanted to go make some plays, and you have to be patient, let things happen. We had some uncharacteristic turnovers because I think they were doing such a good job defensively we got impatient.”

On how KU pulled away after K-State took the lead…
“We started out OK, then we made a little push. And then the key was they got transition. They got some easy hoops in transition. And part of it was not doing as well offensively as we needed to, turning it over. And then you can't defend layups and dunks. It's really hard in transition. So we knew it would be hard to score. But I told them we gotta win 50 to 48. We just can't break down defensively when you're not making shots. Gotta have a good mindset through the whole game.”

On Rodney McGruder taking the team on his shoulders…
“If you've been around Rod, there's not much – he says family, one, two, three, and he says 40 minutes, one, two, three. As you said, he has a game face. He's ready to play. He plays hard. The kid's a great example. Couldn't have a better person. I still think either Rod or Withey or McLemore should have been Player of the Year. Both of us won the title. And to me that's what determines who's the Player of the Year. And that didn't happen. He gave it a go. He played as hard and as well as he could play here this weekend. It was special. And I thought J.O. (Henriquez) gave a great effort, and we need all those seniors to play well down the stretch. And, again, we're capable – I think we've shown we're capable of beating anybody, but we have to play well. As he asked, you've gotta be playing well at the right time and hope you get some good matchups and good bounces and advance one day at a time.”

Senior Guard Rodney McGruder
On looking focused during warm-ups…
“I just wanted this victory very badly. We worked so hard. Worked so hard to get here. Just to let it slip. I just wanted to prepare myself for the game. That's why I looked focused.”

On how the team can avoid pushing during a scoring drought…
“Gotta be patient. Can't force the game. Force the game, that's when mistakes happen. And bad shots. And bad shots leads to transition baskets for them. So just have to be smart and keep poised and just run your offense.”

Sophomore Guard Angel Rodriguez
On K-State’s offense…
“Looking at the percentages right now, the best thing we did was shoot free throws, and we shot 50 percent. So that says a lot. I thought we had open shots; a lot of times they just didn't go in. I guess we gotta give them a lot of credit as well. And I guess it wasn't our night offensively.”

On what Rodney McGruder means to the team…
“He means everything. He's our go to guy. He's the most experienced guy we have on our team. He leads by example. He's always working hard before, after, and in practice. It's somebody we look up to as players, as teammates. And also he's a great person. He's a good brother. He's helped me a lot. I think this year we came a long way because last year everybody was cool, but this year it's more like a brotherhood and not just a team. So hopefully we make a run in this tournament, the NCAA, because he and the seniors deserve it.”