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Billy Gillispie gives instruction to Robert Lewandowski during the Kansas State game.

Feb. 7, 2012

Texas Tech Head Coach Quotes
Head Coach Billy Gillispie
Opening Statement...
"Hard fought game for us, we played extremely hard, as hard as we could possibly play against a very physical team. We just had too many turnovers. I thought we had a great chance to win the game, it was just a matter of what the situation was. We just kept turning the ball over. I am real proud of our guys as far as their effort goes. Their toughness is about as tough as we have played all year long."

On the five final turnovers...
"We were stopping them several times in a row, whether they were missing or we were forcing them to miss, we were getting some defensive rebounds at that particular time. We step out of bounds twice in the game and once during that stretch, we did not get a great shot at the basket. I knew it was four, but I guess it was five straight times, and you just cannot do that if you are going to win anywhere, but especially on the road against a good team."

On matching the physicality...
"Best way to beat a pressure defense is by penetration, and we definitely were not able to get around the guards. (Kevin) Wagner was able to get around them the first time we played K-State and he is down with an injury, so that definitely hurt us, but we still should not turn the ball like we did. We have to do a better job of screening for each other and passing the ball. We had some opportunities for some high-lows, we threw the ball out of bounds and when we did get opportunities we did not finish close to the basket. That was the downfall. If you finish the plays close to the basket, whether it is on a drive or it is on a pass, that usually relieves the pressure a little bit. Their guys are more athletic than us, so they can over play us on the wing but also beat us on the back door or really press them on the perimeter. If we tried to beat them on a ball screen, or just a straight drive, they were able to recover. We just have to be a little bit faster. It hurt us not having those guys out there."

On the first half...
"They missed some shots obviously. I thought our guys were in the right spot for the most time, we did not give up our spot close to the basket like we did when we played at home. They got two or three baskets off of our triangle-and-two, because we gave up our spot close to the basket. Tonight, we did not do that. We have one guy guarding two and he was doing a good job. They made a smart substitution and put in two guards, and that is when we got out of it. They only had six field goals in the first half and we had some opportunities, when you had 13 turnovers and they only had six, that is why you are going to be down. If we had been playing efficiently we might have had a lead at halftime, they were not shooting any better than they were."

Kansas State Head Coach Frank Martin
Opening Statement ...
"The assistants came in after warm-up because I have to stay locked up like a caged animal and they said `We are just giving you a heads-up; this might not be very fun tonight. There is just no enthusiasm.' That is the way that we played. Defensively, we were okay. We got to our spots and tried to take care of some of the responsibilities that we put on them. Lamont Evans worked his tail off to prepare us for this game and that showed in some of the attention to detail on defense. Offensively, we were watching guys walk around. I started a diet about three weeks ago, so it put me in a bad mood."

On the team's lack of focus...
"It is called immaturity and not respecting the fact that your senior teammates are down to eight opportunities. We should be past that this time of year. Obviously, we were not today. I did not do a good job of getting them excited today."

On Texas Tech's defensive strategy...
"They went triangle-and-two and when they did that, we scored on three consecutive possessions. They went triangle-and-two there and we did not run our offense. We did not do what we were supposed to do so then take two guys away and everyone stands around looking at the ball. We took bad shots and did not rebound. We did not post or cut the triangle and that is on me because I tried to trust in the team that we can walk through something because that is not something that we do full-time, it is something they are going to do for a small segment of the game. I tried to trust in the fact that is something that we do and not utilize 20 more minutes of practice time and trying to keep our guys off their legs a little bit because we only have so many games. We have four games in nine days with this being game number two. We need to get them off their legs and not be as competitive in everything that we do. But obviously, I did not handle my job very well. I should have spent more time to prepare on the triangle-and-two."




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