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Postgame Quotes



March 17, 2012

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Kansas State Head Coach & Player Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin
Opening Statement…
“Hats off to Syracuse.  I told Coach Boeheim before the game that, you know, whenever I get old, which I'm starting to get there, I'm going to be able to tell my kids that I coached basketball against Jim Boeheim, Mike Krzyzewski. It was an unbelievable honor to line up and prepare a team to go against a Hall of Famer.  Hats off to them. With all that said, I can't tell you how proud I am of these guys right next to me and the guys in the locker room.  For a young team, their resolve, their fight, their unwillingness to give into the difficult moments of the season, give us a chance to continue to grow, is a thing that I will treasure. Like I told them in the locker room, it's been an honor to coach these kids all year.

On his mindset during the second half…
“I trust my guys, man.  They lay it on the line.  You know, we give Syracuse credit rather than fault our guys.  You know, they attacked us.  They're not 35 2, or whatever they are, because they kind of fooled people.  You know, they're good. Our kids fought.  They attacked us.  We're already a man down on our frontline.  You know, then Jordan gets in foul trouble.  It just made it difficult.  Then it puts too much responsibility on Thomas, which is not fair to him at this stage of his career. But, you know, I give them credit.  Scoop Jardine made some hard threes off the dribble to create some separation in the game, and then it was an uphill battle for us the rest of the way. You know, we grabbed 25 offensive rebounds.  If I can ask them to do anything else, our kids, you can't control the ball going in the rim.  You know, we got shots.  I asked them to cut down the turnovers at halftime.  We only turned it over four times in the second half. Give them credit.  They're good.  They beat us.”

On Scoop Jardine
“That's why when you asked me about Jamar, you know, we lose our fifth year senior, their fifth year senior made the difference in the game. We didn't lose 'cause we lost Jamar.  Let me get that straight now.  'Cause Syracuse is minus a very good player, too.  We just lost the toughest guy on our team. And Scoop, as a fifth year senior, made the plays, made difficult shots, made the right pass, played extremely aggressive in the second half. One thing Angel tries to do, but he's a freshman playing against a guy that's been in college for five years.  You know, give him credit.  They're good 'cause they've got just a helluva coach, and their players, they play the game the right way. Like I told you guys yesterday, coach has won a whole bunch of games not because of a player; he's won it because they do it the Syracuse way.  As a fan of the game, they're one of the programs that I really, really enjoy watching.”

On his thoughts going into halftime…
“I was extremely pleased at halftime.  We went through about a four minute stretch where we turned it over, I want to say, either four or five times that led to straight baskets for them.  I said, If we eliminate those four or five turnovers, I think they made three in there, it was nine points without going through our defense, which is what they do.  They're real good at it.  If we can eliminate that, make a couple more free throws, we actually maybe got a five , six point lead at halftime. I was extremely pleased.  I thought our offense was good.  We were patient.  We goaltend on the glass.  Defensively we were rock solid.  What hurt us in the second half was their offensive rebound.  They came out.  There was a sequence there, I think the score was 33 32, and they grabbed two offensive rebounds on one possession.  One of those became a foul on Jordan, then Gipson gives up an offensive rebound on a free throw.  Now we're giving them cheap points. They're too good.  Here is the deal with Syracuse.  If you're playing from behind against them, you're in trouble 'cause of their zone, and their guards are so good that they're not going to give it to you.  They're going to get it deep in the shot clock and take hard shots.  That's what Scoop did.  He made some big time shots for them.”

Junior Guard Rodney McGruder
On the team’s shooting…
“We just didn't hit the shots we normally hit, you know.  We had open looks.  We just didn't take advantage of the open looks that we had. Missed a lot of shots, a lot of open shots, too.”

Junior Forward Jordan Henriquez
On getting in foul trouble…
“They did a good job of putting me in ball screens.  Sometimes when I guarded James Southerland, I had the support because he could shoot the ball really well.  They dragged me away from the rim.  When I did contest, they usually got into my body, hit me with a pump fake, drew a couple fouls on me early in the second half.”

Sophomore Guard Will Spradling
On shooting against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone…
“A couple of my shots, they were able to get their hands on and deflect.  When you see that happen, you become a little bit hesitant.  Some of our players were a little bit hesitant shooting. We just needed to step up and knock some shots down.  We did a better job today than we did against Southern Miss, but we didn't do that well enough.

Syracuse Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Jim Boeheim
Opening statement…
“The second half, we made shots.  We haven't done that lately.  Our offense was not good in the first half.  We had to pick it up on the offensive end.  Our defense was very good the first half.  We got killed on the boards.  Second chance points I think were 12 of their 24.  Second half we did a much better job on the boards.  Our defense was still good. But the difference was Scoop started to get us going, made some shots, made some plays.  I think we shot 66% in the second half.  That's pretty good against a really good defensive team. It's been a while since we've knocked down shots like that.  It just makes the game a lot easier when those shots go in. But we had good spacing.  We just did a much better job of getting good shots in the second half than we did in the first half.”

On his team’s depth…
“It's key.  For a long time was Dion and C.J.   Maybe if we put him back on the bench, he'd go back to getting 10 or 12 points.  Now James is coming in there and doing that.  Dion has been very good all year, very steady. You know, we've said all year, we think we've got seven guys that can start.  Certainly the way James is playing now, and Dion is playing, they're arguably as good as most starters on most teams.”

On Scoop Jardine’s play…
“Well, you know, the first half, in spite of what he may think, he really struggled.  He made some bad decisions.  You know, I don't know what he was doing on a couple of those plays.  And we struggled. You know, we're a point guard oriented offense.  Especially when you play a team like Kansas State.  They take away your wing passes, so you really have to do stuff off the dribble.  You're not going to pass the ball around against them.  It's not the way you attack their defense. We wanted Brandon or Scoop or Dion to try to use the dribble to get in the lane and make plays from there.  We really couldn't do that very well in the first half.  But generally defenses are better in the first half, and they loosen up a little bit in the second half as a general rule.”

Senior Guard Scoop Jardine
On how he turned his performance around in the second half…
“I continued to be aggressive.  I didn't let the turnovers bother me.  I continued to be aggressive and try to make plays.  Like coach always say, when you try to make plays, sometimes you gonna make bad ones.  You got to forget about it, move on, still be aggressive. My teammates needed me.  I was able to get my rhythm and make shots.”

On if the team played how a No. 1 seed is supposed to…
“How we supposed to play?  We won.  We won the game.  It don't matter.  It don't matter if we played good or bad.  We won and advanced.  That's what this tournament about.  We saw a lot of upsets.  A No. 2 lost to a No. 15 seed.  That's what this tournament is about. We don't worry about how we're playing, we just worry about getting the W.  We advancing to the Sweet 16.  That's all that matter when we get there, too.”

Senior Forward Kris Joseph
On if the team played like a No. 1 seed…
“Yeah, definitely.  I think we picked it up on both ends of the floor, especially on the defensive end we got what we wanted.  We were able to get transition baskets.  There was a lot of space on the our offensive end.  We got open shots, open looks, we knocked 'em down. This is the way I like us to play.  Everyone was involved.  The scoring balance, it was really balanced tonight.  That's how we supposed to play.”

On Scoop Jardine’s second half…
“that's how we need him to play.  It was all about senior leadership tonight.  He showed a lot of that, showed a lot of character.  I told him at halftime, Thank God for two halves of basketball.  He had a chance to redeem himself.  He did a great job.  He took care of the ball.  He knocked down shots and made plays for others on the basketball court.”

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