Jan. 10, 2009
Oklahoma at Kansas State
Oklahoma Coach Quotes Head Coach Jeff Capel
"I'm really proud of our guys for winning on the road in a very tough environment. K-State's environment is great for college basketball. You have to commend Kansas State's fans and students for coming out and supporting their basketball team. This is a good team that we beat; I thought we did a tremendous job defensively. They have been averaging over 80 points a game and we held them to 53 (points). We switched our defense up a little bit; we did some different things and were able to force some turnovers. I can't speak for Kansas State, but I thought it was a pretty ugly game offensively, but fortunately for us we were able to finish some plays and Blake (Griffin) was tremendous. It feels really good to get this win, it is the first time for an Oklahoma men's basketball team to win on the road in the Big 12 in the north in while."
On being able to play 1-3-1 zone for the first time this season:
"It is something we have done in the past. We hadn't done it this year; we didn't start practicing it until Wednesday. Going into to conference play we need to be able have different looks. We want to get better as a basketball team. We thought this is something we could do because it is something we have done in the past. We thought it could help us out and it certainly helped us out today."
On how important the victory was:
"It was big. Kansas State really had control of the game and had a couple of chances there where it could have really gotten away from us, but we were able to close it out. We did a good job on defense; we were able to switch to a 1-3-1 zone defense. We were able to get some stops and we were able to rebound the ball, which allowed us to get out in transition and make some easy baskets. Both teams are good defensively, so any time you get a chance to make easy baskets, you want to take advantage of it. We were able to take advantage of some and get the ball to Blake (Griffin) in certain spots and he was able to make some plays."
Oklahoma Player Quotes
Sophomore Forward Blake Griffin
On Oklahoma’s defense being underrated:
“At times it should be questioned because we haven’t played great on defense at times, but I wouldn’t say that we are a poor defensive team. We are going to have to prove that to people and that is fine.”
On switching defenses:
“That is just what we wanted to do, just switch it up on them and give them a different look. We wanted to make them score in other ways because they were scoring so well. We just wanted to capitalize on their turnovers and get easy buckets in transition.”
On teams improvement towards end of first half:
“We just started to take care of the ball offensively and defensively we switched it up a little bit and gave them a different look. I felt like that rattled them a little bit. That led to us getting some easy fast break points.”
Senior Forward Taylor Griffin
On improved defensive play:
“I think switching to the 1-3-1, which we just put in this year, was really good for us in the first half and in the second half. Our mentality to play defense is one thing that has really been lacking lately. Heading into the conference season we really wanted to improve our defensive mentality.”
On 1-3-1 zone defense:
“We haven’t used it at all this year. We just started practicing it this week and I think it is a really good defense for us because every position on the floor really long and athletic for us. We love to get our hands on the ball and cause a lot of deflections.”