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Postgame Quotes


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Dec. 29, 2012

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K-State Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening Statement…
“Obviously, that was not the prettiest game you have ever seen and probably not the emotion that we had last week, but that was a great crowd today; I was really excited about that. Since the Florida game, everything that could go wrong probably went wrong. With the travel, we had guys sitting in airports for two days. We missed one of our full practices. On the second day, we were supposed to go twice and we barely got everybody here except for Angel (Rodriquez) at night. You try to play a game with one and a half practices. Then we did not know if Angel was going to play and then Martavious’ (Irving) knee locks up in the walk through yesterday, so it all went the other way, but to our kids’ credit, we found a way to win. You have got to give UMKC a lot of credit, also. Their kids played hard and I thought they battled and they did not back down. I think we started 7-for-12 from the field and then it was just atrocious. I thought we got a little complacent and then we kept saying, ‘It is only two possessions, guys’, and we had to stretch that thing out. But it was still a good win. You would think turning them over 19 times and getting 19 offensive rebounds, the score would be a bigger margin, but sometimes you have got to win in different ways and we won with defense tonight.”

On his team’s performance against Kansas City…
“I do not think it is lackadaisical. It is hard coming down for the big high and we had a huge high against Florida and then we got in the top 25. Now you go home and everyone is telling you how good you are, you are eating Christmas turkey and fudge, everyone is giving you presents, so now you come back and if you travel at all, sitting in airports is hard. I bet Rodney (McGruder) probably got up at 5:00 a.m., on Wednesday morning, then you sit around for the whole day, then they had to make a travel day the next day. They flew into Kansas City when we were supposed to come back into Manhattan. So there were a lot of things that went wrong and sometimes that happens. But I thought our defense was really good – 21 points in the first half and 23 in the second – they really got five or six points down the stretch where we are just trying not to foul them, so you do a great job on the defensive end. That is who we are. We are a good defensive team and a good rebounding team and when we make shots, we can beat anybody in the country and that is what you saw last week.”

On making progress before the start of Big 12 play…
“We talk about how complacency is the biggest enemy of making progress. Our biggest thing is we have to make progress and I think we did that today in that we played defense in both halves. We did not let our offense affect our defense which is really positive. Early our offense came easy, but then we had a bunch of fast breaks where it was three on two and a half or five on four and a half and we did not have good spacing. Usually you have got Will (Spradling) out on the sideline keeping space. Then we missed some layups and putbacks. We were just not in sync and again, we only had one full practice on Thursday. Yesterday we had shoot around and then walk through to just go through some stuff to see if you can get ready. It was just a tough week to deal with but we found a win which is important.”

On what he hopes to see on Monday against South Dakota…
“I hope for a little better offensive flow. I really hope Angel can make it back and involved. Otherwise, he will be going two weeks without a game heading into Oklahoma State. I want the same defensive effort and the same rebounding effort and to come out with a little more sense of urgency on the offensive end. We moved and cut very well against Florida, probably the best we have all year. We have got to screen and move, you cannot just stand there. We did not get moving very well. Will is one of our best movers and cutters and we did not have him going, which made it a little more difficult. But like Rodney said, you cannot make excuses, you have got to come and play. But we found a way to win. Hopefully we can just continue to make progress.”

Senior Forward Rodney McGruder
On the team’s struggles from the free throw line…
“We just missed; it is not really a struggle. Last game, I would say that we shot pretty well from the free throw line. We just had an off night tonight. We have just got to get in the gym and work on free throw shooting. We work on it a lot in practice, so there is no reason that we should miss free throws like that. We just have to get in the gym on our own.”

On facing former teammate and South Dakota guard Juevol Myles…
“I know he is going to bring it and give it his all because it is a big game. A lot of us were his teammates when he was here so I know he is going to bring it and he is going to amp up his teammates to get them to compete.”

On coming back from Christmas break…
“It is not an excuse. Coach Weber always talks about situations like this – what if guys cannot play – so we prepare for situations like this, but we could have played better than we did.”

Junior Forward Nino Williams
On his rebounding performance against Kansas City…
“I was just playing hard and I got a couple. I usually do not get as many defensive rebounds as I did tonight, but I was really boxing out, so I got more than usual. Also, I just really tried to crash the offensive boards.”

Kansas City Head Coach Matt Brown
Opening statement…
“Once again I am proud of my team and disappointed. We had a chance to beat a top 25 team at their place. With four minutes, Brandon Reid makes a great drive to the basket, it can go either way, and we get called for a charge. It is still a three point game with two to go. Our guys were kind of excited truthfully. We were only down four at the half, and I was upset we were not up five. I thought we had every opportunity to win the game too. They made plays down the stretch and we did not. So with a three point game, we had ample opportunities with layups and good looks at the basket. I am disappointed we did not get this win.

On team rebounding…
“I do not think they respected our team, I do not think they respected our program. I have been on the other side of the coin, I have been an assistant at West Virginia with John Beilein for 10 years. I have been on the other side of the coin when you play smaller schools at home. It is hard to get your guys motivated to play these types of games. Our guys looked at it as a challenge. We had opportunities to win the game and we did not. They made baskets down the stretch and they were the better team the last couple minutes.“

On getting back to conference play…
“We have played so many tough teams here recently, it will probably be the first time in UMKC history that we have played three top 25 teams. Hopefully, it gives us some confidence because we will not play teams like this in our league. Hopefully, this gives us an opportunity to compete well in our league.”