Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 02, 2013
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  Head Coach Lon Kruger

Opening comment:
"Tough game from start to finish, really physical time from the offensive end. Kansas State did a great job; I thought they were into it and dictated for most of the night with their defense. We had trouble getting separation and trouble scoring. In the end I thought we really fought hard. They are hard to guard, especially in the second half when we were down by six or eight for much of it, but we kept going and kept going. We will grow from that, but we have to play harder, pick better and do things we need to do on the offensive end to get more separation and get better shots. Credit Kansas State; they were the better club and deserved to win."
On the final shot:
"We wanted to get it in quickly to Sam [Grooms] and then push it with that little pick there. We didn't get that done quickly in the back court; we used up some time. But their guys tried to keep that from happening, too. They won alot of battles on the day, and they won that one too."
On the team's progress:
"I think from today, we learned from it. [Kansas State is] very physical and strong and their hands are on you all the time, and they dictated to us all day. We have got to get separation and cut harder. We realize today that we have a long way to go. There is nothing wrong with that. With this group of people, they have done a great job and made a lot of progress. Today's reminder is that we still have a ways to go."
On the defensive battle:
"I thought on the defensive end we battled hard. We gave up a lot of points off our turnovers. And second shots. Otherwise we had them at half court. That has kind of been the nature of this group. If we take care of the ball and limit the second shots and take them to half court we have done okay, but they have to stop more than that."
On Sam Grooms' contribution:
"Sam gave us a good spark and gave us some attack. We didn't have much attack and Sam got it going downhill sometimes; we needed some of that. I thought he had good lift when he went into the ball game and made some nice plays."

  Senior F Romero Osby

On the loss:
"Like Coach [Lon Kruger] said, we are still a work in progress and we are still trying to get better. We had a big game against Baylor and we got the win. Kansas State is a really good team. They are a legitimate top-20 team. I thought we played well for stretches; we just did not make the plays down the stretch to get the win. We did not give anything back. I just think we need to continue to work hard and continue to get better."
On the offensive struggles late in the first half:
"Like Coach [Lon Kruger] said, [Kansas State is] a really physical team. They bump us off our cuts and they try to limit our screens, specifically with me and Amath [M'Baye]. They were really physical with our guards and would go over the screens. That is going to make us better. That is what we needed. We need to continue to get better and now we see what we need to work on. Hopefully it will not happen again.
"You cannot really dwell on it. You have to go at it again on the offensive end. We had a lot of opportunities and a lot of shots that did not fall. Credit Kansas State, they are a really good team. They did a good job defensively."
  Senior G Sam Grooms

On the loss:
"I honestly think that if we would have made a couple more plays there at the end we might have won the game. Kansas State is a good team. It shows that we still have some work to do. We made progress, but we still have work to do to be a top-25 team, and that is what we want to be."
On bouncing back from a turnover late in the second half:
"I usually do not turn the ball over like that. When I make a mistake like that, I usually let it get into my head. But Coach [Lon Kruger] has been working with me for the two years I have been here to stop dwelling on it. Just move on to the next play. I just think I grew up a little bit. I did not dwell on it. I recognized that my team needed me and I had to do something. "
On Kansas State's final offensive play:
I was expecting the ball screen. They had been running ball screens all night. My read said he was going right, but [Angel Rodriguez] went left. Credit him; he made the right read."
  Head Coach Bruce Weber

Opening comment:
"I thought this was a very good team win for the guys. [Oklahoma is] a very good ball club. Lon [Kruger] has done a really good job in a short period of time to reenergize and reorganize the program. Their 16 RPI is well deserved. Like I said last week, other than that loss they had early, if you could get that off the books, they would probably be a top 25 team. We guarded; they guarded. We made enough plays when it counted. We had a couple of mishaps down the stretch, but Will [Spradling] hit those two shots. He's got the layup, and maybe at that point during the game maybe you dribble it out and get something, but it's that fine line of being aggressive or not. We had timeouts left and to Angel's [Rodriguez] credit he made a good play, and down the stretch I told him to push it and see what happened and if it gets where we don't have anything I'm going to call timeout, but we practice that all the time. Sometimes I think you call timeout and it gives the defense a chance to set up, and Lon does a great job of taking things away, so we thought it was better just to go with it, and that's why we did it. Gave Angel a little double-roll screen and we got to the bucket and were fortunate enough to get a foul and hit the free throws and get a stop and get a real good road win and it keep us up in the top part of the league."
On his team's preparation:
"We had great defense, great job by our coaches just preparing. More importantly, the coaches can prepare, but the kids have to lock in to it and they did. They were ready to play, and since I've gotten, here they've talked about how Oklahoma got them twice last year, and we got them back this year."
On Oklahoma's defense:
"I thought [Oklahoma's] defense was as good as it's been. It was way better than it was at our place, and just watching them in other games, watching them against Texas a week or so ago. They were locked in. They fought screens, they hedged hard, they were scrambling and they got the shooters. They made everything tough. I thought if we did anything to hurt ourselves maybe there was a couple of questionable shots at times, but on the road you've got to find a way to win, and that's all that matters is to grind it out and find a way to win."

  Sophomore G Angel Rodriguez

On getting a win on the road:
"There is definitely relief after a win like that, especially on the road. We knew it was going to be a tough one. We never thought it was going to be easy. It should have been a little easier, but they went on a run and we were just fortunate to win a game. Coach [Bruce Weber] said we only needed to win by one and we won by two, so that's all that matters."



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