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Dec. 31, 2011

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Kansas State Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin
On the first game back from Hawaii…
“If you look at the teams who were with us in Hawaii, they came back home and got beat. UTEP and Southern Illinois got beat, and Auburn had to score at the buzzer to beat Georgia Southern. I am happy we did not have to play two days ago because we would not have been as good. We were a lot better in practice yesterday, and that is what I wanted to see. That is why I was excited for this game today. We showed that consistency and resolve to not take a step back, and we continued to do things the right way. I was really pleased with how we played today. Offensively, I was pleased with how we played the whole day. Defensively, we were sloppy in the second half, but I thought we played the right way the first 20 minutes.”

On playing with intensity…
“We started the game the right way, and we started the second half the right way. We were sloppy defensively in the last ten minutes of the game, which I am not a big fan of, but I was very proud of our focus. Our top eight or nine guys played the game how we needed them to continue to play the way we need them to play. I told our guys it is great to take two steps forward, but it is awful to take a step back because you are just wasting time and have to work twice as hard to get back to where you were. It was good to see us come out and play the way we did.”

On Jeremy Jones…
“He is getting better. When he was not playing at all, he did not hang his head, pout or moan, and that is somebody who is willing to do his job. So, he has earned that right. I think now that he has earned the right to get on the floor and it is easy to see why we think he can be a pretty good player. He has got tremendous speed, and he has great ball skills. As he continues to learn our concepts on both ends of the floor, he is going to continue to help our team out.”

On differences in this year’s team...
“That is what we preach, and that is what we try to do. As a team, we try to create depth and balance, and we try not to rely on one person. Coming into this year, nobody gave these guys credit because all they talked about was how we were Jacob Pullen and a bunch of misfits, and that was not the case. You look at our team at the end of last year; we started to take steps in the right direction. We had tremendous balance every time we played, and the only time we did not was when we were beat by Wisconsin. We try to create depth, and we try to make our team dependent on everyone not an individual.”

On preparation for Big 12 play…
“We are ready, and we have been ready. That is what these guys work for, and it is why they spend all of those hours in the gym and weight room. We go through the challenges of the preseason and nonconference schedule for one reason and that is Big 12 play. That does not guarantee wins, but I know these guys are ready to go.”

On the upcoming three games…
“If you told me that I would get to choose who we played, I would say I would rather not play them. When you have to play at KU, it could be the first, fifth, eighth, or the 18th game of the season, but it will still be hard. When people come to Manhattan it could be the first, fifth, eighth, or the 18th game of the season, but it will still be hard. If you gave me the option of who we have to play, I would not choose those guys, but it is the same for everybody because we are all in the same boat. Everybody goes to Allen Fieldhouse, everyone comes to Bramlage, and everyone has to play at Mizzou. It is the same for everyone.”

Forward Rodney McGruder
On being where he wants to be going into conference play…
“Going in to conference play, I am trying to play my best basketball that I can play. I guess I am right on track of where I want to be.”

On what he has done to get the shot to fall…
“Mentally, I am just getting in to the gym and putting up shots. I am trying to work hard at getting in to a rhythm again.”

Thoughts on playing KU…
“I am just ready to play that game. I wish that it was tomorrow. I am just excited and amped up for it. I cannot wait until Wednesday.”

Guard Will Spradling
On not playing bad before Big 12 play…
“We came with some intensity today. A couple of the games that we played bad this year, we did not come out with any intensity and we gave the other team confidence. Today we came out and stepped on their throat right from the beginning and just kept at them the rest of the game. We did not want to have a bad game going into Big 12 play; it was definitely a good thing.”

Thoughts on playing KU…
“They do not have the same players as last year, but they play the same way. They play the same defense every year. Offensively, they pretty much run the same thing, but with different guys.”

Howard Quotes
Head Coach Kevin Nickelberry
On playing against K-State...
“They all play hard and that is a tough equation for eight new players and six freshmen. The first half we did not deal with the atmosphere; we did not deal with how hard Frank Martin’s team plays. That is obviously one thing that they can hang their hat on – how hard they play. We are a man-to-man team. I for some reason became a genius tonight and wanted to play zone. They shot us out of the zone. It was probably a good thing because we went back to man-to-man. It is the first time we have played that much man. We played that much man against Kansas. A lot of times, mid majors want to play zone against the bigger schools. We are a man team because we have some size. But, we are young; we played man in the second half primarily. We were able to slow down their inside game. When (Glen) Andrews makes shots, it is good for us. He went 1-for-10 against Kansas and 1-for-14 against Indiana. If he makes shots, we have a shot.”

On K-State’s play vs. Kansas later this week…
“They both play hard. They both get after it physically. They are two similar teams. Playing in front of 16,000 people is intimidating. That was probably one of the different things. It is a game that I would like to see. I would pay to see that game. You are talking about two coaches that really get after it; two teams that play really hard. If No. 55 (Will Spradling) shoots like the way he shot it tonight, you have to stretch out your defense. Then you have No. 42 ( Thomas Gipson) in there working around. It creates problems. All of our guys knew the names of Kansas’ players because they were big time recruits. Kansas State does not have a big time name, but how these guys play to that level is amazing. It is not a lot of big name guys from the recruiting circuit that you know. The way Frank (Martin) gets them to play at that level is impressive. They played at the same level as Indiana and as Kansas, and that was just impressive.”