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Dec. 1, 2013

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K-State Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening Statement...
“I thought we did a good job from the start setting the tone.  They are a team that can be a little dangerous like Texas Southern last year.  They shoot threes, I thought we got them on their heels. I thought we got the ball to Thomas (Gipson) early and took advantage of our size. I am happy for Shane (Southwell). He came into the gym this week and put in some time. After struggling early he got rewarded and got some shots down, hope that continues. The big thing for all of these guys, is that we did not get enough shooting in. They do have to go into the gym and put time in. Defensively, we have been pretty solid. That is a team that has scored in the 90s at times. We do a good job at contesting shots and not allowing them to get into a rhythm. In the second half, it seemed like we let up a bit. With a team like Ole Miss, we cannot give them opportunities. It will be a big challenge for us. We have talked about continuing to make strides in December. It has got to be our month and must take a huge step forward.”

On K-State advantage…
“We had size body-wise. They started small and I think they felt like they could be quick. We switched everything will Shane (Southwell), I think that kind of screwed them up.  They have played that way and have played the other way.  With offensive rebounds, we were able to be more forceful. We have put a lot of time into rebounding since the beginning of the year. We have put even more emphasis even more the last few weeks, hopefully it is paying off a little bit so we can be competitive on the boards every game.”

On the play of Thomas Gipson…
“The players will tell you since he has lost the weight during the spring and summer, he has become a more dominate player during our practices. We expect this from him. Can he do this consistently? Can he keep his weight off? The trip last week was too much for everybody. We weighed everybody on Tuesday. We had some guys gain five or six pounds because they ate too well. We need to watch that especially with guys like Thomas that have to watch their weight. He is a forceful guy; with the less weight it makes him a more agile player. Big thing with him is foul trouble. We have to make sure that he does not get any cheap fouls because we need him in the game because he causes problems for opponents.”

On the play of the older guys…
“I think we talked about it. In those first four games the freshmen led us in scoring and now we still need Marcus (Foster).  I think they all hit a little bit of a wall to play those three games in a week, and have some hard travel. We just have to get them refreshed. Marcus is a little beat up and his knee hurts a little bit. We just have to get him a little healthy. We just have to have everybody play well. Here we have three guys in double figures. That is the kind of balance we need if we are going to be successful.”

Senior Guard Shane Southwell
On his play today…
“I just needed to get back to what I have been doing all of last year, coming into the gym and shooting. Working with coaches and shooting a lot and doing the little things like weighted ball shooting. It paid off today.”

On play of the team…
“I think we have a lot more potential. I think we can improve on being more aggressive in the second half. We have been having a lot of letdowns in the second half, so that is something that we need to improve on. In just over that break we have improved on our offense and our spacing and patients. Patience is one thing that we really need to work on, but I thought it was better today. We had a decent assist-to-turnover ratio.”

Junior Forward Thomas Gipson
On getting started early…
“I felt like it was a little bit of a mismatch. My main focus is to rebound more and not focus on the points during the game, but I can say the points came early in the game. We really just focused on rebounding. I know they are smaller than us but we still have a focus to put in the effort to rebound.”

Central Arkansas Head Coach Clarence Finley
Opening Statement…
“I expected the game to be a very big challenge for us. Blocking out was something we worked on all week, we even worked on it in shootaround today. (Thomas) Gibson was too much of a load inside. He kept getting second and third shots. I think they had 23 offensive rebounds and you just can’t give up that on the rebounding margin.”

On K-State opening the game on a 12-2 run…
“We expected a run but I thought we would shoot the ball better than we shot it. We have been struggling with the outside shot. I probably should have started in zone instead of man-to-man. K-State is a well-coached team and they move the ball around well. They kept getting second and third chance shots because we do not block out well. In the man-to-man we tried to double-team down on Gipson, but he would get it off quick before the double team got there. We tried to change up the zone but they were too quick and patient enough to get shots.”

On what he told the team after the game…
“What I was telling them was sometimes the offense does not go to the glass as hard when they are trying to block out. Every drill that we do is meant to teach them how to block out. In practice the focus was on the offense hitting the boards hard. Hopefully we go to practice—roll up our sleeves—and block out at our level. We were going up against a team that was a notch above our level tonight and knew it was a struggle to keep the off the offensive glass.”

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