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Postgame Quotes


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Nov. 4, 2012

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Head Coach Bruce Weber
On how the defense has played…
“Both games we held them under 40, I think. I thought early we were really hooked in defensively because they had some shot clock violations, they had some tough possessions where we made them earn it, but then what happed was that we started missing some shots. Now you do not have quite the focus, and then obviously down the stretch we did not guard as well. The big thing is that we talked about, we gave them the stat at halftime that we want to shoot uncontested shots and contest all of their shots. It is a simple thing. If you do that it usually ends up in your favor. At halftime they were 7-9 on uncontested shots and 1-13 on contested shots. Obviously, if we get to people it helps. When you play teams like that, it is small ball. They give you a different look, and that is what we are going to face against North Dakota probably, against Lamar, and some of these early games. So it is a good experience. You have to deal with different ball screens, them spreading you out with that small ball, kind of that European model of basketball. Our big guys have to react if they want to play.”

On D.J. Johnson starting the second half…
“I think he did great. It is a good teaching point. I told them at halftime, here is your five starters. They got us going last time, but it is not set. It could change at halftime, and those two deserved it. We have competition. I hope they realize that and that is what our staff is trying to make them realize. They need to be zipped up, hooked up, and ready to go. Otherwise, we have someone else that will take care of business for you.”

On the one thing that he wants the team to change…
“Free throws obviously. Turnovers were better. I would still like to cut them down. We have to deal with ball screens. I think North Dakota might run six ball screens one possession. So just dealing with that, talking, and making sure that we get to the shooters, I think is going to be very important.”

On the thought of redshirting D.J. Johnson…
“He has kind of taken that out of our thought, but D.J. and I talked way back when he first got here. He came in thinking am I going to redshirt. We did not know. We were going to see what happens, and then in Brazil, I think the biggest thing that he has improved in is sealing with his body, and finishing lay-ups not only here, but in practice. Jordan (Henriquez) and Adrian Diaz are pretty long. They have an advantage, so he has had to learn to protect the ball and score. The best thing about him is that he is a happy warrior. He comes in every day and plays hard. He is happy, and likes K-State. He was at the football game last night. In the fourth quarter he was doing the Wabash, and having fun. He came today and played with the same energy. That is what you want out of guys.”

Freshman Forward D.J. Johnson
On bringing the team energy off the bench…
“I think me and (Thomas) Gipson just went in there and like we talked when we were getting ready to go in, we wanted to play hard and pick it up a little bit.”

On being surprised about his success in the first two games…
“I am a little bit surprised, but going against the guys every day helps a lot, because we go at it pretty hard in practice.”

On what he needs to improve upon…
”I’m still working on it, but learning the offense, learning to move around, stepping out and screening more than just posting up, because that is what I am used to.”

Emporia State Head Coach Shaun Vandiver
On the game...
“We made the game a little interesting in the first half, we had the lead 19-18, Coach (Bruce Weber) called a timeout and made some adjustments and from that point on, they took the game over with their physical play, especially on the boards. I have to tip my hat to (Thomas) Gipson and (D.J.) Johnson. They just came in and really went after it on the boards and took the game to another level in that aspect. Guys like (Rodney) McGruder and (Shane) Southwell did not have great games, the way they play inside and out, their best offense is throwing it off the rim and going and getting it. Right now, we have to get better and get ready for Missouri S&T, learn from our mistakes and learn that the game is a street fight. ”

On Kansas State…
“They are very talented, I came up last spring when Coach Weber got the job and watched him do individual workouts and I came back later this fall and Rodney was still in the boot, but he was still trying to work on getting his timing and his touch back. I think a guy like (Will) Spradling, who is a shooter, needs to be a little more of a decoy right now and has to get guys going. I think Nino Williams set the tone for the last game that they played. They have a lot of very good pieces to be successful this year. If they come together and keep winning the battle on the boards like they do, the sky is the limit for them. The biggest thing is the guard play. With Angel (Rodriguez), he has to take care of the ball, he has to knock down shots and the other big thing is when Nino comes in, he has to be effective from start to finish and give them that boost.”

On his team so far…
”In every exhibition game we had a moment where we had the score close and we kept battling and battling and moving the ball around, we just were not making shots. The biggest thing is we have a guy like Kaleb (Wright) who really has not played a game in two years, we have to work on getting his timing and his footwork and his scoring nature back. Returners like (Chris) Sights and Taylor (Euler) have to be more leaders. I am very pleased with the way we have rebounded at times, even though we did not show it today. Guys like Gavin Brown, Mike Harris, and Dan Shaw just have to be more physical-natured players to be successful and it starts next Saturday.”

Junior Guard Kaleb Wright
On the teams outside shooting…
“When it comes to the season, I have confidence we will knock down those shots, we are playing fast, we have to just slow down and concentrate on knocking down shots. I think we just rushed it a little bit in the beginning and when we finally settled down shots started to fall a little bit for us. During the season I think we start knocking those shots down.”