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Oct. 30, 2012

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Kansas State Coach, Player Quotes
Head Coach Bruce Weber Quotes
Opening statement …
“Overall, you are pleased because you do not know in this first game how the guys are going to react. I thought they came ready to play and that is your first challenge. I think the coaches did a good job of preparing them and understanding how good Washburn is. They are good, and we were leery. We have to get ready to play. It ended up everybody had pretty good minutes, 17 to 20. We still won by 20. We came ready to play and played with great energy. Obviously, we have an advantage in size inside, and that is what one of our hopes was to get it inside. We had been shooting free throws pretty well in practice and some of the scrimmages, but it was not very good tonight. You look at their free throws also, and I think you play so hard and they do not have that game conditioning or stuff to go to the line when you are tired and relax and make shots. So, hopefully that will improve, but overall Nino (Williams), who has been very active for us, gives us a different look. Then you have your big guys. Jordan (Henriquez) had pretty good numbers. D.J. Johnson just plays hard. I do not think he knows exactly what he is doing yet, but he plays hard. So, that is positive. We did pretty good taking care of the ball. We were a little bit sloppy late.”

On the 22-2 run in the first half…

“It was pretty nice because again Coach (Bob) Chipman is a good guy, and I have known him for a long time, obviously a K-State grad. When I got the job, he called, we were still playing, and he tells me not to worry about us. I start looking into it, and they are a tournament team, and they have everybody back. (Will) McNeill is a good player. He made some big time plays. I think we did a good job of bothering him and making him earn stuff, but they are a smart team. They are a handful in their league, and I will say they will go deep into the tournament.”

On the overall feel of the game…
“We were shutting people down, and then got into transition and that is what you want to do. You have to make good decisions, and I thought for the most part we made pretty good decisions, made some shots and made the extra pass. There was one stretch in the first half where we went 4-out-of-5 possessions with only one pass. That is where we have to learn to be a little more patient.”

On the depth of his team…
“I think Shane (Southwell) has been pretty solid for us. He gives us a different look, and he can play really one, two or three. I think Omari (Lawrence) was a little cautious today because we have been on him in practice about sometimes putting his head down and going. In the game today Coach Lowry told him if you are open shoot the ball, and he said he did not want to force anything. It is good that he is thinking about that, but I think the big thing will be we did this without Angel (Rodriguez). Early Angel is in there, and we make the run. He has a bad blister on his foot. We got to the point where we had a good lead and thought let him rest. We get a day off tomorrow, and we can hopefully get that thing healed up as we head into next week.”

On the starting lineup…

“I think it will be game to game for a while. Sooner or later I would like to get to a set lineup, and you know who is coming in and replacing who. The big word we have talked about is getting consistent. They did a lot of good things last year. There is no doubt that is why they have success, but their downfall was not being consistent as individuals and as a team. If we can get to that point and be consistent that is where you can make it where you know what is going to happen and you have a chance to compete every game.”

Sophomore Forward Nino Williams
On his game today…
“I just thought I was playing hard and I got open a couple of times, I got a couple of shots, I was just playing hard.”

On the team dynamics…
“We have all been practicing hard as a team and everyone is getting a good feel for each other. I feel like we have different teams in practice, so once you get on the court you play with everybody all the time.”

Senior Center Jordan Henriquez
On how it felt to be back on the court…
“It felt good, just knowing that it is my last first game. I just wanted to come out and leave it all out on the floor. Coach (Bruce Weber) preaches to us about consistency. That is just what it is all about right now and continue to play hard and play together.”

On his post play…
“Coach tells me that I am so dominant with my left hand, why not use your right hand to mess with defenders? I have been working on it and I will continue to work on it.”

Washburn Head Coach, Player Quotes
Head Coach Bob Chipman
Opening statement…
“We really had a hard time scoring, especially when Jordan and Diaz were in there because they are so big. We played really tough and hard, but struggled scoring when they had a certain group out there. They had one spurt when they really ran off on us and had us turning the ball over. They had some shots and got up on us 22-2 and that was pretty much it. I was proud of our guys from that point on, we started playing more aggressive. We started running the offense, but they are a tough and physical group. K-State is really good, and Coach Weber has them playing really hard. So I was impressed. We wanted to play harder than them, but I do not think that happened.”

On physical nature of K-State …
“I felt that they were out on top bodying us. They were banging the postmen a little bit, but I think it was mainly out front that had us off balance a number of times. I thought they set really physical screens. They made us look weak a little bit on the boards. That is where I noticed their physical nature.”

On coming back to K-State …
“It’s great to be back. It looked like two teams playing their first game, except for that run they had. Coach Weber was nice and pulled the dogs off. I think Weber is going to do well here. We’ve had a long line of great coaches here. It’s fun to be back.”

Junior Guard Will McNeill
On the tough offense against the post …
“It is not everyday you go up against seven footers. They made me alter my shots, but we can take experience from this game. We are not always going to have seven footers in the lane, but we can take a lesson from this game. I definitely see that we can improve on free throws as well. We can go back to the drawing board in practice tomorrow, and figure things out.”