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Feb. 11, 2014

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Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement…
“I could not be more proud of our guys. I am just so happy for them, the seniors; we talk about leaving a legacy. They wanted to follow the legacy of the class above them. They now have this on their resume. For the rest of their life they will remember this. For us, we needed to stay in the top part of the league. It is a good top-25 win on the resume for the tournament. It was just a great effort by so many people. Will (Spradling) was big time with that three in overtime. In regulation, we squandered our opportunities. Nino (Williams) should not have taken a lay-up, Shane (Southwell) should not have thrown that pass. We made mistakes and to their credit they came back. We had great character in overtime. Omari (Lawrence) was really, really good. I was so happy for him, he has had a great couple of weeks where he has really shown leadership. Then Marcus (Foster) is Marcus. D.J. (Johnson) was also big time. It was just a great team effort.”

On what he told his team going into overtime…
“I told them all you worked too hard to not grab this game. They came right out and make a basket and we could have let it go from there. The crowd lost a little energy and we tried to keep the students in it. Will kind of struggled early in the season, but he has come around and is on a good run now. Hopefully, he has a good finish to his career. He does so many little things that people do not notice or appreciate. The other day Marcus had 34 points, in the plus-minus chart, Will was plus-30 and Marcus was only plus-19. So that kind of just shows you the player he is. I just said we worked too hard to let this game go. Will’s three was big and we had a couple big stops. Wesley (Iwundu) came back after missing free throws. Marcus made a big play, an and-one. We just made big plays down the stretch and made stops.”

On the play of his bench players…
“Marcus turned his ankle, Omari cramped up and Shane hurt his foot. If you look at the bench Nigel (Johnson), Omari, D.J. and Nino were just so huge. Last game their bench just punked us. Tonight, we came back and I think we outscored them 30-24. That is a key with them, because they have so many players and they can keep coming at you in so many different ways.”

Senior Guard Will Spradling  
On giving up the lead late in the second half…
“I was just ready to play. I was not down on it or anything. I was determined to win.”

On tonight’s win against Kansas…
“It was a great win for us and just another step. We are in the Big 12 race. There is still a chance and we are only two games back. It was really a big game for us and we have to come out Saturday and be prepared.”

On his improving play…
“My dad called me before the Iowa State game and asked me how do I want to go out and how do I want to be remembered at Kansas State. Since then, I have been playing with a lot more confidence and more aggressiveness.”

On his 3-pointer in overtime…
“I have made a lot of those in my day, so I was not really worried about it. I was confident shooting and taking it.”

Sophomore Forward D.J. Johnson
On the play of the K-State’s bench…
“I thought that the guys preformed well. Nino (Williams), Omari (Lawrence) and Nigel (Johnson) played good defense, played their roles and did what the coaches asked of them.”

On his performance in tonight’s game…
“It feels real good. I was just ready to do whatever I could to help the team out. It feels good to get Will (Spradling), Shane (Southwell) and Omari a win at home against Kansas. I know that they have not done it in a while, since their freshmen year, so it just feels good.”

Freshman Guard Marcus Foster
On tonight’s win over KU…
“We just went out there and played hard. We knew that if we played hard then the rest would take care of itself.”

On his performance in tonight’s win…
“Well, I just relaxed and let the game come to me. Sometimes I slip up and forget where I am at and I have to run in transition to cover out the ball.”

On the differences in the two games against Kansas…
“I relaxed more and I forced the issue too much when we played in Lawrence. I just relaxed and played my game.”

On tonight’s atmosphere in Bramlage Coliseum…
“Coming out of the tunnel and seeing all of the fans, if that does not get you hyped, then you do not love basketball. I told our guys that if you do not love this atmosphere, then you should not come out of the locker room. I love big games like this.”

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self
On the overtime…
“I thought we got off to a good start. I thought (Marcus) Foster made a great play to (Will) Spradling for the three. He put his shoulders down and forced help and made a really good play. We just played catch-up in overtime. We did not play very well in overtime. Give them credit though – that is kind of deflating the way we came back against them, but they responded well in overtime. They had some guys step up and make some really nice plays. “

On the more aggressive team in regulation…
“I did not think in the first half that they were. I thought in the first half we both were. We missed a lot of close-in shots and got the ball where we wanted to get it. Both teams defended pretty well the first half but then we did not defend very well in the second half, obviously. We were still able to score points, but we did not defend like we could have. I thought the second half they were the more aggressive team. That is easier to do when you have a great crowd and some momentum, play with the lead and the basket gets a little bigger. Certainly they made some plays and we did not make very many plays until the very end.”

On Marcus Foster’s performance…
“I thought he was good. I thought he was patient. We made two mistakes on him in the first half, that was it, and he got six points off two mistakes. But the second half, we did not guard him as well. I thought he competed hard and I thought their whole team played well. I do not know what you guys thought, but it was a good, entertaining college game. I just wish we would have competed a little bit harder on the defensive end.”

On the play of both teams…
“We did not do anything to make them play poorly in the second half. The first half was an ugly game. You can ask anybody, even the officials. It is hard to referee a game with a lot of missed shots, a lot of knocking and banging going on, but I thought that kind of gave us the best shot to make them not play as well. Certainly they did a nice job of not making us play well, but the second half we did not do much to make them play poorly.”

Junior Guard Naadir Tharpe
On the difference between regulation and overtime...
“We had a lot of mishaps and did not get any defensive stops. “

On Kansas State’s play…
“I felt like there was a time where we could have taken the lead and just get away with it. They did not stop fighting, they were fighting the whole game and they were relentless. We just did not compete at the end.”

On Marcus Foster…
“He was much more aggressive because you could tell he was looking for his shots as many times as he could. He did well at that tonight.”

Sophomore Forward Perry Ellis
On his thoughts on the game...
“We’re just upset that we did not get the win, but it means a lot to the Kansas people. We just have to move on now.”

On being ready to play overtime...
“We felt good. We were still energized, but could not get any stops.”