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Postgame Quotes



Feb. 19, 2013

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Kansas State Quotes
Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement…
“Obviously, it was a hard-fought win and a very physical game. Coach Huggins’ team always play great defense and always tries to disrupt you. We take a lot of pride in our defense as well. We talked about just keeping our poise and staying the course. I thought in the first half, we were pretty good, especially early. They went into that match-up zone into man and we struggled with that just a little bit and we got a little stagnant. We had a good start to the second half and got it up to 20 again, and I thought Angel’s (Rodriguez) three was big after they made a little run at us. Will (Spradling) had a great game, one of his better ones, so I am happy for him. I have talked a lot about keeping a great attitude, whether you play one minute or no minutes, Nino (Williams) has had some struggles and has not gotten a lot of minutes but tonight he got his opportunity and he made the most of it. I did want to mention about Jordan (Henriquez); he lost his grandmother yesterday. It was kind of unexpected a little bit. It is a tough thing but we kind of left it up to him and he wanted to play the game. You have to give him some credit, he played pretty focused – 18 minutes, seven rebounds, four blocks. I thought he was a very important part of it. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will go home tomorrow and we will have to see if we can get him back by this weekend. Again, it is not an easy thing for him and we give our sympathy and condolences to his family.”

On the flow of tonight’s game …
“We had little runs, then they had little runs and then it seemed to get disrupted. Again, it was just a very physical game and I am pleased that our kids kept their poise for the most part. We turned the ball over a little too much, but that is part of their defense and they will make you do that. We talk a lot about not taking things for granted.  We stayed the course and for the most part, played strong. We did what we needed to do and we got a nice win.”

On K-State’s balanced attack….
“I think it is probably the best thing about our team. Every game, it is somebody else. Angel, Jordan and Shane had big games the other night. Rodney (McGruder) had good numbers, but not great numbers. Tonight it was Will and Nino stepping up. We had five guys in double figures, so I think that is what our team is about. If you take Rodney away, there are still some other people who can make some plays. I like the 19 assists. I do not like the 18 turnovers. But again, we got the ball to the open man when he was open.”

Junior Forward Nino Williams
On his performance off of the bench …
“Coach Weber just told me and some of the guys who were not playing that much in conference play to just keep a good attitude and keep our heads up because we are going to get an opportunity, you do not know when, but it is going to come. I just kept a good attitude and Shane (Southwell) got into foul trouble, so I got my opportunity and I just tried to play hard and do the little things.”

Junior Guard Will Spradling

On Nino Williams’ success…
“It means a lot. Just growing up with him and seeing how much he has grown up over the years and how he has progressed as a player and a person, it is just fun to see him succeed.”

On his free-throw shooting performance…
“You see it go through the net and that gave me confidence. A lot of my shots off of the dribble came from the same spot, so I was basically shooting free throws the whole night.”

On getting into an offensive rhythm ….
“I actually felt like I got it started on the defensive end. I had those two quick charges and those two quick tips and that got me confidence right off of the bat. I just kind of fed off of that energy that I got on the defensive end and took it to the offensive end.”

West Virginia Quotes

Head Coach Bob Huggins
On the pace of the game…
“What I thought was frustrating was that we could not make a shot.”

On Will Spradling…

“We did a terrible job guarding him. We had freshmen on him and they did not do a very good job. He is a good player. You give him chances, he will make them. We gave him chances and he made them.”

On returning to Manhattan…
“I really like this place. I like the people and they have been wonderful. It is nice to see people that you have not seen in awhile. At the end of the day it is a business trip and we are supposed to win and we did not.”

Sophomore Guard Juwan Staten

On the game…
“We came out and we did not guard, that was the biggest thing. Coach mentioned a few things we needed to stop them from doing, some key things we needed to do on offense, and we did not do that early. We fell behind and we just tried to battle back from there on.”

On defending K-State …
“Defense is a mentality. It is hard to fake it. You do not always have to be the best athlete to defend, you just have to have the will to defend. I do not really think as a team we had the will to stop anybody from scoring. That is the biggest thing because I feel like we have great athletes. We have some people that should be great on-the-ball defenders. It is just a mentality. If you do not have the mentality, it does not matter how athletic or how good you should be on defense, you are not going to get it.”

On Kilicli’s performance …
“He has been great for us lately. He has been scoring up on the posts. It has been something that we have been needing him to do. He has been rebounding the ball better, blocking more shots than I have ever seen. We just need him out there on the floor, but when he gets in foul trouble and we bring people in that cannot really score in the post like he can, it definitely shows.”

Senior Deniz Kilicli
His thoughts on the game...
“Spradling stepped up, Nino Williams stepped up. They played well. We used to do that to everybody, keep them lower than their average. That is how we used to win. Also, all the teams used to shoot below 40 percent. In an average season they would score like 38 percent but that is not how it is anymore. So, those are the problems and we do not make shots. We do not have the luxury to give people easy layups, dunks and wide-open threes, because we cannot make plays on offense. We were so limited offensively. Not everybody can do everything.”

On getting his fouls early…
“This game had a lot of fouls called. I had to adjust in the second half. I just walked in and I had to be as clean as possible. I just did that. For me, I could have helped the team in the first half. Because of the way I played the second half, if I played like that the first half, I think it would have been a closer game. But, it did not happen and there is nothing we can do about that. It is out of our control.”