Feb. 19, 2011
Oklahoma Head Coach Jeff Capel
"In the second half we had a heck of a run. We came out and executed the game plan that we talked about at halftime. We wanted to gradually chip into the lead and we thought we could do that by really hunkering down and playing solid defense, rebounding and executing on the offensive end. I thought that our guys did a very good job of that. We had a chance to cut it to two and to continue the momentum, but we missed a 3, which was a good shot, and things just went crazy from there; a technical foul after a timeout, a five-point play and it was tough to bounce back after expending so much energy. Our guys off the bench did a really good job, especially with Cade (Davis) and Andrew (Fitzgerald) being in foul trouble. I thought they came in and were really active for us, especially on the defensive end. K-State is a good team. It was a good home court environment. I thought that Jacob Pullen played like a player of the year today, which is two games in a row. I thought that the key to their team was (Rodney) McGruder; his toughness and ability to make plays all over the floor and just as a silent leader. I am proud of our effort but not proud of the mistakes we made. We did some things to hurt ourselves but I thought we did some really good things in this game."
On the effect of the technical foul in second half:
"It had a huge effect. It is a five-point game and they had not scored in a while so it had a huge effect."
On the play of Kansas State senior Jacob Pullen:
"He was great against Kansas. He had 38 points and got to the foul line 19 times and hit a bunch of 3-pointers. He was great and has he has been really good throughout his career. If you look at his career and the things that he has accomplished so far, it has been a great career and I very seldom use the word 'great.' He has really stepped up and you can see the evolution from when he was a freshman to a senior, to see him now and his leadership and how the team feeds off of him. He has had a great career, and I hope he continues to have one."
Oklahoma Senior Guard Cade Davis
On the team's performance:
"We battled and fought hard, I thought. In the second half, we came out and showed some character. We tried to battle back and cut the lead down a little bit, but in the end we reverted back to what we have been doing all year with the turnovers, fouls, and not being able to handle pressure. We lost guys on defense and gave (Jacob) Pullen too many open shots. All the errors make it tough to beat a team like that."
On sitting on the bench in the second half with foul trouble:
"It was tough to watch. I thought we still played great when we were making a little run there. We were playing good defense and making some shots, but it kind of folded on us after a while. It hurt having to be on the bench watching."
Kansas State Head Coach Frank Martin
On Jacob Pullen's week:
"He has really been practicing well, and been playing well for a while. When I decided to change our offense, he could have said, `No, I don't want to do that.' Instead, he has done like he always has. He has battled 100 percent from day one. He believed in me four years ago when I went into his home and I was just a guy who he had met through the recruiting process and knew nothing about me from a coaching standpoint. He believed in me four years ago and that has not stopped. He is well deserving of how he is playing right now."
On being focused for today's game:
"They were great in practice, but we were too loose with the ball. We averaged 23 turnovers a day in practice during the week; it was ridiculous. But the energy was good, the comradery and the other stuff you look at as a coach was good. We got a little sloppy and missed some easy shots early in the second half; we got sloppy defensively and then missed some easy shots. Curt (Kelly) had two point-blank opportunities, Jamar (Samuels) had a drive where he kind of flipped it up there, Jake (Pullen) missed two lay-ups, Rodney (McGruder) misses a break-away, where a guy runs him down from behind. That's 12 to 10 points that we gave away that you have got to go get, and if you get those it does not become a five-point game. But it became a five-point game, we buckled in and executed and we scored because of our offense. We didn't score because of junk baskets, we scored because of our offense. That is a credit to those kids if they remain disciplined and focused on doing their jobs."
On scoring stretch in the second half:
"Technical's are unfortunate, as coaches we got a couple. I cannot stand them. They drive me nuts and there is no excuse for them. I do not know what happened for that technical to be issued. But it is part of the game. We made some free throws, we made a 3, they fouled us off of the ball in the act of shooting as a 3 goes in and now we have two free throws. We took a five-point game and made it a 12-point game. "
Kansas State Senior Guard Jacob Pullen
On the game:
"There were moments in the game where we made lackadaisical plays, but we understood as a team that this was a game where we needed to prove that we needed to be consistent and try to build our resume back up. As a team, we made plays when we needed to."
On his team's perimeter success:
"I am just taking it one game at a time. Towards the end of the game the ball started to go in, and I finally made a few more shots. I am just trying to find a rhythm. Rodney (McGruder) found one towards the end of the game, too. So we started making shots and were able to spread the game out."
Kansas State Sophomore Guard Rodney McGruder
On his performance:
"Before the game, Jake (Pullen) talked to me like he always does and told me if there was an open shot to take it. He said that good shooters miss shots, but they have to keep shooting and that is what I did. Basically, I kept shooting and they started to go in."