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Nov. 13, 2013

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Head Coach Bruce Weber

Opening statement …
“It was a good day for us in several ways. One is obviously getting the win and playing a little bit better but also the signing day. We got two guys signed and we are excited about that. We were pretty hard on them after the game Friday night. That is probably our fault. You can make all of the excuses that it is a new team with new players, but we probably have been too patient with them and trying to teach them too much. We got after them and I thought they would come out with some pretty good energy, but that did not happen. We kind of sat there slow-depth for the first eight minutes. Thank goodness Marcus [Foster] got going. He got to the hoop and made some three’s. Nigel [Johnson] did a good job of giving us some energy on defense. We just fought through the first half and made some strides in the second half – a lot better executing when we had paint touches. I believe we were 20-of-29 scored. Again, with young guys, you are not trying to kill their confidence, but probably in practice we allowed them to shoot it too quick with too many contested shots. That probably cost us last Friday. Again, if you make your layups and free throws, you probably win the game. We did a good job and we were solid defensively in the first half and we probably broke down a little bit in the second half. Some of it is fatigue and some of it is the foul situation. I do not like it and I do not know how many people do. My thing is, I keep asking, “How do you guard? And what do you do?” I understand the hand touching outside and all of that stuff, but when a guy drives to the hoop what do you do? I just do not know what to do. It is very frustrating. And then, if you come and help and maybe take a charge, they do not call the charge. To me, they say they are making it beautiful, but to watch guys dribble and drive in and knock everyone over and get free throws, that is not beautiful basketball to me. That is what we have to deal with and hopefully we will adjust and figure it out.”

On D.J. Johnson…
“Again, this is a new team and everyone has a new role. Last year, he was kind of a bystander. Early, he played pretty good and late in the year he was a two or four minute guy. Last Friday, we had to play him over 30 minutes. He struggled, but got a little bit more confidence. We ran a couple of sets for him. He took his time, got a layup, an and-one, and made 2-of-3 free throws. One of the big things that we talk about is making sure that we continue to get better, and that is the most important thing. From now until Sunday, we have to get better. With so many new people in so many different roles, that is going to be the key.”

On D.J. Johnson’s score at the end of the first half…
“He had three straight buckets for us, I believe. The one at the end of the half was great execution by our guys. If you think about the end of the half, we get the ball back and Marcus shoots that quick three and now they go down and get fouled against Northern Colorado. It was better execution to get that last basket of the first half and then get the first basket of the second half. It is a momentum builder. There is no doubt.”

 On Marcus Foster…
“Marcus is a good player. We were very fortunate to get him. He got some accolades and we were sitting back and laughing when people did not have him in the top 100 players. We just could not figure it out. He was the Class 3A Player of the Year, the MVP of All-Star games and his team’s leading scorer. I think Parade Magazine gave him some All-American honors, which was great for him. I think he put a lot of pressure on himself last Friday. I told him today after shootaround, to relax, enjoy it, and only worry about what he can control – get some rebounds and play hard. He had to guard a really good player. He got a layup down, a 3-pointer down, and then he got going. He is a good player and there is no doubt about it. We are going to need him to score. Obviously without Rodney McGruder and some of the other guys from last year, he is going to have to pick the pace and help us score the basketball.”

Freshman Guard Marcus Foster

On the team’s slow start…
“I just noticed that our team was looking a little sluggish and we needed a little spark, so I think I am pretty good scorer.  I decided to take it upon myself to get my team going on offense. It got everybody going and then we just made a run and got back in the game.”

 On being more relaxed…
“I think last week I played too uptight trying to force the issue and this game I really let it come to me.”

On gaining confidence after the first shot…
“When you see your first shot go up and going in and the basket gets bigger. I just felt more confident right there.”

On how big the win is…
“Friday really woke us up. We have to come to play every night. This was a big win for us and we came out and played hard and competed for 40 minutes and came out with a win. I think this is going to be a turning point for our season. “

On the motion offense…
“I think the motion offense causes a lot of confusion. Playing on this team, I have to guard it every day and I am seeing the holes on how I can score by guarding it. You really have to stick to your defensive principles. It allows me to hit my pull up shots or get to the rim and finish.”

Sophomore Forward D.J. Johnson

On starting the game…
”A little bit more relaxed than the first game. This is my first time starting.  Most of my jitters were out.”

On ending the half…
“We ended the half better than last game and kept our spirits up in the locker room. It kind of got everyone going and wanting to do more in the second half. “

On defending Shawn Glover. . .
”I think he was a little uncomfortable with a bigger guy on him. I just used my size and my length. He did a good job on dribbling and shooting. The first half I saw that I just needed to step up a little bit and get him uncomfortable with his shooting.”

Head Coach Scott Sutton

Opening Statement…
“I thought this was a game that we had to play well to win. I thought the way we started we had a great opportunity and we kind of let it slip away.  You have to give K-State a lot of credit and give Marcus Foster a lot of credit, he was terrific.  He hit big shots all night long and obviously they shot a little better than they did last week. When Obi (Emegano) picked up his second in the first half, and Korey Billbury picked up his second, after that we lost some aggressiveness. Just after that point on in the first half, we were really bad. In the second half, I thought we came out and played pretty well. We were just atrocious on defense and they sliced us up. They made big shots and deserved to win the game.”

On their shooting efforts. . .
“It was tough. We have to do a better job of playing with our feet and not our hands. We have to be a little smarter. I know Korey had a tough call on him. I was jokingly talking to the referee about it being the first charge I’ve seen all year. They quit calling charges, but they ended up calling one on him. One of our strengths this year is a deep bench. We put in some guys, and they just did not make their shots whether they were freshmen or juniors. Adrion Webber comes in and gets three great looks. Bobby Word, a freshman, comes in and gets some great looks. Those are two of our best three point shooters. To win against a Big 12 team on the road, you have to make those shots.”

On defending D.J. Johnson. . .
“We told our guys where he is going to hurt you is getting angles to the basket. We cannot allow a guy that big and strong to catch it right on the block. I thought the last play of the first half, where they get the dunk, where Shane (Southwell) makes a good play and they go into the half with the momentum. We told our guys you have to do your work early, you have to push him and that is a place on film that we have seen where he will hurt you. He had a big game and we did not expect him to hurt us like he did.”

Sophomore Guard Obi Emegano

On getting to the free-throw line…
“With the new rules, it will help any driver. You just have to be aggressive and know that the referees will call the fouls close.”



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