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Feb. 8, 2014

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Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement...
“It was one of those days. It was a special day. We were in the zone. It is shooting but it is really the energy, the excitement, and the passion. The first team did it and the second group did it, and it just kept going. We played off of the crowd. Texas did the same thing to Kansas last week. They seem to be everywhere making plays and making shots.  We have been pretty good at home, probably not this good.  We have been begging, pleading to the guys just to play with great energy and passion, and they did it.  They shared the basketball, we were patient, we made good shots, but again the big thing was the defense.  We held them to only 32%, and their 18 turnovers allowed us to get in transition. I hope we can carry that energy into Monday, but for now we just have to enjoy this and get ready for Kansas through tomorrow and Monday night.”

On Marcus Foster’s performance...
“When he first got here we were like man, he is pretty good in the summer workouts. We scrimmaged, and he was the leading scorer there against really good players. Now he is going to do it in the game. One of the coaches said that he is going to get 25-30 here soon. We knew it was going to happen. The thing that I like is that he has gotten a little better about being more patient, waiting for good shots. He is our go-to guy. As far as perimeter, we have got to get him the ball, but we need to know that if they are good defensively, he has got to give it up. He has done a better job passing the basketball. We took Will (Spradling) off the point guard, and I thought he did a really good job of guarding (Isaiah) Taylor and really contained him.  He definitely played like a veteran. There is no doubt about that.”

On how Marcus Foster was so successful…
“We got transition. We were patient when we moved the basketball. We did not have Velcro hands today. Sometimes on the road we hold the ball and do not make the next pass to get the defense moving. We seem to always get them off balance, and now we made passes, the hockey assist. That is where he really got going, and then he got transition. They crash so hard and if you can get the rebound now, you have got two on ones and three on twos, and we were able to get some of those. We turned them over 18 times. He was able to get a little bit of everything, ball movement, transition off of steals, ran a couple of quick plays. He scored in a lot of ways and produced whatever way they allowed him to get him going.”

On Kansas State’s best two halves of the season…
“I got a little worried when they put their head down in the second half and just took it at us, but we got a timeout and I said that we have to win this next minute. I think that knocked them out and any hope that they had. They were hanging their heads, and we just wrapped up the game. It was a pretty consistent effort. You get up early and now you keep the foot on the pedal and just keep going. It is about defense. We just kept the energy to just keep going and going. It helps everyone look better if everyone plays well and when people make shots.”

Freshman Guard Marcus Foster
On his 30-point game…
“I was just relaxed, I stayed in my shots and I got myself playing defense first.”

On his overall play…
“It was just one of those days where you talk about being on a magic level. Today I was just on a magic level.”

On his shot selection…
“Just going back through film, I realize I take some questionable shots. I just wanted to limit the questionable shots and take better shots.”

On fans chanting his name…
“It is exciting to be able to hear fans chanting my name like that. I am going to let it humble me and just stay hungry, and get ready for Monday.”

Junior Forward Thomas Gipson
On today’s win…
“It was a big step, it shows that we can compete whenever we play with enthusiasm. If our defense is great then I am pretty sure that we can play with anyone in the country.”

On the defensive mindset…
“I think that the week off was pretty beneficial for us. It helped us get back to our principles. We got to watch some film and we did what we needed to do and played hard. We just played with great enthusiasm and energy. We just feed off of each other.”

Freshman Forward Wesley Iwundu
On today’s defense…
“I just always try to affect the game in different ways, it is not always about scoring. I just bring something different for the team. Every other aspect besides scoring can also help win the game.”

On his passing…
“The passing and the connection with Marcus (Foster) has always been there. Somehow I always see him when I go to the hole. I do not know why the defense helps off on him, when he is the best shooter on the team. He is just always open when I go to the rim.”

Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes
On the game getting away from them…
“I think they beat us anyway you can get beat. I thought right from the beginning whether you want to talk loose balls or from turning the ball over, you are not going to win with turning the ball over 18 times. Some of it had to do with them, but a lot of it had to do with what we were doing too. The things that we talked about we did not do any of it. They played harder, with more energy, they were more physical and they beat us in every category.”

On Marcus Foster…
“He did not get any resistance. I thought he played terrific. I thought as a team they did whatever they wanted to do. He did a terrific job, and they really deserved to win. The score is not really indicative of how bad they really beat us. I just thought he was terrific.”

On K-State playing at home…
“I love playing here because I love atmospheres like this, but what makes a great home game is that they are good. They have been good for a very long time. I think the fans here understand and appreciate basketball and effort. We would have not beaten any team in the country today. I do not know if the crowd really had a chance to get into it. I think the loudest they were was maybe during the introduction. I do not think they were really concerned with anything. This is a great place to play. I really appreciate this part of the country because people truly love their basketball.”

On his team’s turnovers…
“I do not want to take anything away from K-State, but some of the turnovers we had were ridiculous and so were some of the shots we took. I was baffled with some of the things we did. Even on the shots that we took, they were getting out in transition. The turnovers were huge. They had 26 points off of turnovers. They did not do anything different that we expected them to do. Part of their execution was that they defended the way they wanted to defend and we could not handle it. We have to give them credit for that.”