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Dec. 31, 2012

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Kansas State Quotes
Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening Statement…
“I thought we got off to a pretty good start. We attacked the zone half way decent and then did a good job on the defensive end. I think we frustrated them early with our defense. We were up about 14 points at the 10 minute mark in the first half and I think we just kind of disconnected. We threw some balls away and we forced some things. There is no reason to have 17 turnovers. When we execute against the zone, it seems so simple and easy; and then other times, we just made it complicated. It was our best shooting night of the year and yet, the 17 turnovers where we had been pretty good. I think that is another indication of not having the focus you need. But we had a good run of Shane (Southwell) and then Jordan Henriquez gave us a nice run, blocking some shots and getting a couple baskets. We went on a 12-0 run and opened it up a little bit. At least you could take a deep breath during the last two minutes. Now you move on and hope that we get Angel (Rodriguez) and Martavious (Irving) back for practice by Wednesday. I do not know if they will be 100 percent by Saturday but just having them there for a little bit will ease the pressure on everybody. It will give us a little more fluidness as a team. We’ve got to look forward to that. Oklahoma State has a big one this afternoon against Gonzaga. It would be great to have them come in here highly next Saturday.”

On the performance of Nino Williams…

“He has played well; he just needs to play a little smarter. I think all of guys you could go through and see that they each had causal struggles at different points. Nino had a few struggles there but then he really rose up. I think he took the challenge when Shane took his spot for a couple weeks when he got hurt and now there is completion. What happens with competition? Either you lay down or you step up to the challenge and he stepped up to the challenge and said that he wanted minutes too. I said it the other night, that if we could get to eight starters, I think we could be a really good team. If we can get consistency out of everybody, so if you get into foul trouble, you do not have to worry.”

On the benefits of their non-conference schedule…

“We had a great moment against Florida. That was a special moment. We had a good win against George Washington on the road, where we found a way to win. In hindsight, we needed one more tough game in that mix, but it did not happen. I am not sure that I loved the setup of the schedule because we had the games here early, not against competition that we needed. We were probably a B or so. You can say that we lost to two tough teams, where we did not compete in the second half like we needed to. If we would have pushed those guys to the limit, I would have felt really good about. I think you saw against Florida, that if we are connected and playing at a high level, we can beat anybody in the country, because I think people feel that Florida is a Final Four team. We have the capability, but the big word is consistency. Since I got here, people have talked about it. People talked about it last year and I am still talking about it this year. If you are going to compete for the Big 12 Championship, you have to be consistent.”

Junior Guard/Forward Shane Southwell
On overcoming his slow start…
“I know in the beginning of the game and to start the second half, I had a few open chances to shoot a little pull-up jump shot in the lane, but I turned it over, probably two or three of my turnovers were like that. I just wanted to be a little more aggressive because I was pretty mad at myself at that point. We ran a play and I got an open three off of it and after that, I got going a little bit.”

On his scoring streak in the second half…
“I did not notice until the timeout came and then I looked (at the scoreboard). But it was a big run because they got back in the game in the second half, so it was a really big run for us.”

On playing with Angel Rodriguez and Martavious Irving…

“We really miss both of them the last two games simply because I feel like they are probably our two best on-ball defenders They get us going and they put pressure on the ball and they get us a lot more turnovers. Secondly, they both push the ball well. Lastly, they both have the ability to make shots They both can hit threes and they both can get in the lane. Against that match-up zone, they probably would have hit two or three threes apiece. With the two of them, we probably could have spread the game out more. We did fine but we probably could have played better.”

Sophomore Forward Nino Williams
On K-State’s defensive intensity…
“I think it was big. Coach Weber got really rowdy in the huddle and got us motivated to play with intensity. Then we let our defense dictate our offense.”

On his increased role on the team…
“I think things have gone well. Last year, I really did not play a lot, but this year I am getting to play a lot more. I’m starting a lot this year, which I do not really care about, but I am playing and I just enjoy being on the court and trying to be a good teammate and help the team win.”

On how he was able to score…
“The middle of their zone was open, so coach told us that if we cut, we would be open. I made some good cuts and I got a couple easy offensive rebounds, so that is pretty much how I scored today.”

South Dakota Quotes
Head Coach Dave Boots
Opening statement…
“We played good for 30 minutes then they really turned it up and turned us over there a few times in the last 10 minutes. They got against us on the boards a little bit and we got off to a slow start, but we came back and hung in there the second half. We had a good battle.”

On the final 10 minutes of the game…
“We probably lost our poise a little bit but give them credit for their defense. They got on the boards and hurt us with a couple of offensive rebounds. They just turned it up defensively. We tried to get it inside but we did not have much there. We tried to get to the basket, but they blocked a couple of shots. I thought they were really good the last 10 minutes, defensively.”

On Juevol Myles…
“I thought Juevol played pretty well, not only on the offensive end but defensively because he had five steals as well. I thought he really competed defensively. I am sure it was fun for him to compete against those guys and I thought he had a pretty good game for us.”