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Weber, Players Preview West Virginia


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Jan. 30, 2014

K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Head coach Bruce Weber and requested players talked to the area media on Thursday to preview this weekend's game against West Virginia.

Head Coach Bruce Weber

On how needed a win on the road is for the team…
“It is important if you want to stay in the upper half of the league. It is big for the Big 12, to build up your resume, for the NCAA Tournament, and to make progress as a team. We were not very pretty at TCU, but we won that game. Obviously, we were not that good with that stretch against Kansas. I thought with the game against Texas, we were right there, and at Iowa State we played good enough to win. Now we have to see if we can do those same things and play with that same energy, play together, and play a little smarter and a little better.”

On how important it is for Shane Southwell to play well in this game…
“Well, he played better post-defense than he had in some of the other games (against Texas Tech). So, he did some good things for us. I think that we need to help him, and he needs to work a little harder to get open shots. The teams scout you, and that happens in the league. Now, some of the things we did early where he got open, now they are taking that away. Now, we have to put a few new things in, and he has to work a little harder to get open and help himself; without forcing it, he has to let the game come. It would be nice if Shane made shots, it would be nice if Marcus (Foster) made shots, it would be nice if they all made shots. Obviously that helps us, but the big thing is the next guy on the bench. Nino (Williams), DJ (Johnson), and whoever it is have played well. If we are going to have long term success, we are going to need everyone to play well. “

On how much it would help if you spread out the offense if Will (Spradling) keeps making 3-pointers…
“No doubt it would help. If he could make two 3-pointers a game, a couple of pull-ups, some free throws, get double digits, now he would become more of a threat. Plus, he moves better without the basketball, so people would start chasing him like they did with Rodney (McGruder). That would help Marcus (Foster) and Shane (Southwell) to get open and they would not have to worry about him. “

Senior Guard Will Spradling
On how important it is for Shane Southwell to be on the floor and be productive for the team…
“It is just a hard match-up for any team, when he puts the ball down the floor, it really relieves pressure for us. He obviously had to rush a couple of shots on the shot clock, but he made it look a lot worse than what it actually really was. “

On what you think of your game this season…
“I think that I am showing more confidence, and playing more relaxed. Last game, I got more aggressive and attacked the basket more. I only shot three 2-pointers in the whole Big 12 season and I think in that last game I put up three 2s and made two of them. So I think I was being more aggressive on more plays.”

On if he is feeling comfortable being more assertive on the court…
“Yes, and Coach Weber really helped me out with that last game with giving me the ball at the end of the shot clock. It allowed me to make plays and run plays for me to put me in a good position. “

Senior Forward Shane Southwell
On how the last game at West Virginia was for him…
“It was a really fun experience, the fans were really loud. It was just a great game, it went down to the wire. Then we made the last play and won it. “

On that the last play in the win at West Virginia last season…
“It was a really memorable moment for me. It was maybe top-5 best moment for me (in his college career). It was a really good moment for me in terms on making the free throws and getting the block.”

On what he needs to do in this next game…
“I do not know. I watched the game, I took a lot of hard shots because of the shot clock. I did not get to the lane at all, Nino (Williams) played really well, so it kind of cut down my minutes. Also when I looked at this game, my legs were not really there. I just really played bad but, thankfully the team made up for me, Thomas (Gipson), and Marcus (Foster). I think that we will be fine, and I think that I will be fine."