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NCAA Selection Show Quotes


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March 17, 2013

Head Coach Bruce Weber
On K-State’s tournament draw …
“Playing on Friday gives us another day to rest, get treatment and relax because that was a rough grind to play three nights in a row where we were tested every game and it took a toll on our guys. The extra day was our No. 1 wish, and our No. 2 wish was to be in Kansas City and I hope we have some extra people there. But with the draw, you do not know. To be honest, I have never done this before (with the play-in game). With Boise State, you heard that they were a strong bubble team and obviously, they got in. With La Salle, we actually saw them on tape earlier in the year. They played George Washington on one of the tapes that we saw. They are talented and that whole league is talented and we saw that their league got a lot of respect with Saint Louis getting a four seed and VCU as a five seed. After that, I know Bo (Ryan) really well. We played against Wisconsin many, many times. They had a big struggle to begin the season but they made a push in their conference tournament where they played really well. Ole Miss, led by Andy Kennedy – one of coach (Bob) Huggins’ old assistants – has done a great job this year. They had some ups and downs but they had a big push and won the SEC Tournament, so they are very, very talented. But we just have to worry about winning on Friday and then see what happens after that, but we will prepare for four teams, instead of three, but we will be ready for all four.”

On the advantage of facing Wisconsin while coaching at Illinois…
“If we get to play Wisconsin, I guess so. I know them. We have played Bo a lot, so at least it is not somebody that you do not know anything about. You saw it today, they play very disciplined basketball and you have to be able to guard them and deal with their style of play. You cannot compare scores or leagues; it is who is playing well at the right time and who is doing things well at the end of the league.”

On playing in Kansas City...
“I talked to Wyatt (Thompson) after the game on the radio and I said that my wish was to be in Kansas City. It is a great opportunity for our fans and our families to be close. But to have this extra day is big. We will take today off. Tomorrow, we will have weights, shooting and really get after it on Tuesday and Wednesday. The negative part is you do not know which team you have to prepare for. There are four different styles so that will have to be a quick turnaround on Wednesday and Thursday to get ready for them. But those teams are not going to be able to focus on us, either because they are trying to win a game before anything else happens.”

On the difference between a 3-seed and 4-seed…
“I do not think there is a whole lot of difference. The biggest thing was to be close to home for these first two games. But it happens all the time, where a 12-seed beats a 5-seed. I have been there before where I was beaten as the fifth seed. But you just have to worry about yourself and winning games. If you worry about all these things and listen to the guys on TV, it will drive you crazy. You just have to come play good basketball at the end of the year. I did not know how our guys would respond after the grind of league play but I was really pleased about how focused they were against Texas, Oklahoma State and even yesterday. Kansas just matches up to us and they take away our strengths. If we make a couple shots, get a couple bounces and even get a couple more calls, it would have been a little bit closer of a game. But I like our focus and hearing their comments today, they are excited and I think they will come out focused on Friday.”

On K-State’s success in his first year …
“We always talk about championships and when I first got here, that is what we talked about; winning a championship. We talked about trying to beat the best and that is Kansas. We won the championship but we did not beat the best, but it has been very rewarding. It has been a great year. It has been a blast and it has gone very fast. If you think about it, we have been going since August, with the Brazil trip and the guys have stayed the course and they have been very, very consistent.”

On the quick turnaround of the NCAA Tournament…
“That is why we did the Saturday-Monday play where we had the three-weekend stretch in February and that really helped to prepare us. We had to deal with a home-away, an away-home, and a home-home, so it gave us that experience which is important. Playing in the Sprint Center, being comfortable with that does not mean anything. You have to go out and play and that is the most important thing. We had great preparation. We played a tough non-conference schedule, we played some tough conference teams and we did some things in the Big 12 Tournament. We just hope those things will lead to success.”

Senior Guard Rodney McGruder

On how the seedings worked out…
“I am just excited that we get to see another day and play more basketball. There is a lot of Division I teams across the country that they get invited to the NIT or turn down other tournaments. It feels great to have the opportunity to go play in the tournament.”

On discussing K-State’s potential seeding during the Big 12 tournament…
“I paid no attention to it and focused on the task at hand at the Big 12 tournament. I just tried to prepare myself and my teammates for the task at hand.”

On what he knows about Boise State and La Salle...
“I do not know too much about them but I am sure my coaches will do a great job of breaking down film so that we can find out a lot about those teams.”

Senior Forward Jordan Henriquez
On the potential of his last game…
“It is huge, just knowing that it could be your last. I know that for the three of us seniors, that we are all going to play at a magic level, play hard and leave it all on the floor. I know that our guys are not going to quit on us, they are going to do their best not to let it be our last game.”

On last chance to match Elite Eight run…
“I try not to reflect too much on the past. We have a good staff and team. It is the same core of guys but we have a different meaning. We just have to stay together and try to make that push in the NCAA because anything can happen.”

Sophomore Guard Angel Rodriguez
On his overall thoughts….
“It was a good reaction. We got a pretty high seed overall. Me personally, a lot of people think that having a high seed is an advantage , but to me it really is not. When it comes to playing in the NCAA tournament, everybody plays their A game and you are going to get the best day out of anybody you play. I am just glad that we got the opportunity to play in the NCAA tournament.”

On getting to play in Kansas City…
“It is a good chance for us and our fans to get to watch us one more time. It will kind of make it feel like we are at home. I am just happy and hopefully a lot of fans show up and show some support.”

Senior Guard Martavious Irving
On his thoughts….
“You have to play the game like it is your last. You never know. Just going out there and giving it your all and making sure the people that have extra years here give it their all like it is their last.”

On making four straight NCAA tournament appearances…
“It means a lot and I am grateful. I have friends out there who play college basketball who do not get into the tournament. I made it four years straight so I appreciate it.”

On being a team leader for the tournament…
“I am just happy that I have this opportunity. Just to have these young guys around and try to show them the way, just like they showed me my freshman year, especially at this time of the year because it is the most important and the tournament can add a lot of pressure to it. Just try to calm them down and get them ready to play.”

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