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Postgame Quotes


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Nov. 24, 2013

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Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
On the game...
“Obviously we did a good job defensively. It’s one of those games -- obviously when you get the early-morning game on the last day, when it’s three games in four days and four games in seven days -- it’s about desire and excuses. Who has more excuses and who has more desire? We challenged our guys and we made some progress. We had defended them well at our place; I didn’t know if we could do it as well here. Their legs were a little dead, you don’t make some shots and free throws, but overall I thought we were in a lot of right places, disrupted them.”

On Will Spradling...
“Will (Spradling) did a great job again on (Mike) Caffey, back-to-back games, he didn’t let him get in his rhythm and held him to his season-low the first time; this time he had a few more points.”

On using this game to build on the next game...
“When we were patient we got the ball inside to Thomas Gipson and that’s got to happen more. Turnovers – young guys have just got to understand when to go and when not to. We charged five times, we messed up fast breaks; just jump stop, make the simple play. Hopefully this next month, we have four home games and then Gonzaga in Wichita. It’s a chance to get back home and now practice has got to be important and we’ve got to make some strides.”

On the first meeting with Long Beach State...
“We did a good job on defense the first time, too. We held them to 22 at home at halftime, this time it was 13; probably the difference was their legs, missing some shots. But same thing, we were tired too; we played the same number of games, they had a little more travel. But I think our guys were very locked in.”

On the team...
“With young guys we need prep. We didn’t have prep for Georgetown. And Coach Thompson challenged them and they just went at us. It was such a physical game and we weren’t ready for that, we had no prep and gave them way too many layups. But it’s a learning tool, I hope our young guys learn what it’s about.”

On the experience in Puerto Rico...
“I think this is just a great opportunity for our guys. I’ve been down here, this is my fourth time, with one of these tournaments. I’ve really enjoyed it. In the last 25 years, they’ve really developed the area and it’s beautiful. And obviously the weather is a lot nicer than back home. Watching those football games yesterday, people are bundled up while we’re out in swimming suits taking walks. It’s been a great opportunity; very friendly people. Whether it’s been our hotel, restaurants, everything; people have been very receptive and I appreciate that. I highly recommend the tournament.”

Long Beach State Head Coach Dan Monson
On the game...
“It’s different matchups. We got into a rhythm against VCU and it became contagious. Today it became contagious the other way; a couple guys missed jump shots and then all of the sudden everybody was missing jump shots. But I was proud, I thought defensively we hung in there and were able to disrupt them a little bit.”

On the experience in Puerto Rico...
“We loved it. Obviously we come from one beach, but to come to another it’s just totally different. I always just pride myself on the fact that these kids will get more than a degree and a basketball experience. They also get life experience and this is a great life experience to see the culture. We went to Old San Juan yesterday as a team, and left all our shots there I guess. But I think it’s great for guys, it might be the only time in their life they get to experience this. It’s a great run tournament and a great place to have it.”