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Baylor, Kansas State Postgame Quotes
March 3, 2018

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NR/NR KANSAS STATE (20-11, 9-9) 77, NR/NR BAYLOR (18-13, 8-10) 67
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Bramlage Coliseum (Manhattan, Kan.)
Attendance: 10,299

BAYLOR POSTGAME QUOTES

Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew
Opening statement …
“For the record it was senior night and I am personally hoping this is Dean Wade and Barry Brown’s last game at Kansas State. Both of them are pros. I have nothing but respect for them. I think they are great player and we struggled guarding them. Kansas State operated well today. They shot 52 percent against us. I thought we competed. We gave ourselves a chance to get it to five but Coach Weber always does a really good job managing the game and putting them in good positions to be successful.”

On Dean Wade…
“He gets to the rim, knocks down threes and knocks down jumpers. It is hard to guard him. His assist turnover ratio the last five games is I think 23-4.”

On Makol Mawien…
“They are a good team, but everybody spends so much time focusing on Wade and Brown that it allows other guys to prosper too.”

On the first half…
“Coach Weber always does a great job on the defensive end. One thing that surprises the nation is that Kansas State in Big 12 play forces the most turnover and steal percentages. Brown, since the day he walked in had been stealing. We need to get the K-State P.D. to arrest him because he is really good on the defensive end. Sneed is third in conference in steals percentage so you have second and third.”

On Nuni Omot
“Nuni was tremendous. He had another road game like that in Oklahoma where he really got on fire. He has been playing a lot better. As a coach you always want your seniors to go out well. You want them to play well and hopefully he can keep that up down the stretch.”

Junior Guard Jake Lindsey
On K-State…
“They have tremendous guys around the perimeter. (Xavier) Sneed, (Barry) Brown and Cartier (Diarra). They do a great job getting up and finishing once they get out there especially when you give a team like that any opportunities at home. They were not missing anything easy today. They won us out.”

On K-State frustrating Baylor’s offense…
“I would have to go back and look at the film but I would say turnovers. Dean Wade had 17 in the first half if I remember right. He was terrific. He really got to his spots. We had trouble contesting him because he is so tall and our turnovers. They also outrebounded us which is not something that happens to us very often.”

Senior Forward Nuni Omot
On Dean Wade…
“He is a great player. He can score on all three levels. He is a terrific player. They do a good job of getting him the ball. He made shots and he is just an all around great player.”

On the second half…
“They team just did a great job of finding me. I was open and when I am open they tell me to shoot it. They just did a good job of getting the ball to me.”


KANSAS STATE POSTGAME QUOTES

K-State Head Coach Bruce Weber
On run to end the first half …
“I thought our defense for the whole first and really the whole game, was really good. That run to end the half when we had a couple balls bounce our way, got in transition, kept them off the boards, and got some rebounds that led to some easy baskets. That last play, Levi (Stockard III) gets the rebound, tips it, Dean (Wade) gets 15 rebounds it and gets a nice bounce to finish the half, to get the lead to ten. I thought we continued it. We got the lead to 15-16 forcing their timeout. We just had about three or four bad possessions in that one stretch. We lost Amaad (Wainwright) a couple times and had some careless turnovers. I thought we handled the ball well with 19 assists and ten turnovers. Then we just had to finish.”

On Dean Wade’s playing less in the second half…
“I told the coaches he was so tired. He asked out around the six minute mark in the first half. We had foul trouble and just did not think we could go without him. I told the coaches in the second half he has to come out at the first our second timeout. They called a timeout at 12:06 then there was another timeout so he was able to get out for eight or ten minutes and hopefully have a little bit of legs left. I know he had 17 (point) at half and finished with 25. I do not think we moved the ball against the zone as crisp in the second half. We did not cut, I think we got a little tired. We did fight down the stretch.”

On Barry Brown’s game…
“You talk about his 18 points and nine assists, matching a career high. It is what we talked about after the TCU game that every game is different. You have to lead with defense and make the right passes. He did not make those simple passes at TCU. He is a go-to guy; he is experienced. Makol (Mawien) has 14 (points) against their frontline. I guess we were 6-0 when he scores in double figures. It gives you some diversity in your offense. Barry made those plays. We had the same flashes against Baylor the first time, where Barry got a couple little jumpers. I thought they would play a little more man. They only did for two possessions and Dean got fouled on both. Our guys made a lot of big plays down the stretch.”

On finishing in the top four of the Big 12 after being picked eighth…
“In our locker room we never thought we were the eighth best team. Our coaches and staff did not feel it. I said all along we have three returning players with a lot of minutes, and Kamau (Stokes) goes down and to Cartier’s (Diarra) credit, he saved us. We have a lot of leadership players. I was told we were eight youngest team in the country and we have everybody back, we hope we do at least. It is Mason Schoen, Barry Brown, Dean Wade, and Kamau. It is their leadership. When we got back from last year’s NCAA tournament, they got in the weight room and told themselves we are not going to fail you coach. Barry put the team on his back and made sure we continually work and do what we are supposed to. Our coaches do a good job. They put a lot of time in and care into scouting. We know Baylor’s plays before they do. Our kids bought into that. I am excited and happy for them. There is a new season and lot of things that can still happen.”

Junior Guard Barry Brown
On turning more towards his shot in the second half…
“I was just taking what they gave me. They were trying to make sure I did not get going a little bit in the first half and I was trying to find my open teammates.”

On trying to play loose…
“It is tough to play as loose as we did knowing the circumstances we have. We just came out, knew what they were going to run in certain situations and knew their plays and stuff like that. Credit Coach Brad Korn for the scout. We just came out and played K-State basketball knowing it was our last game here in Bramlage for the year. We wanted to get Mason [Schoen] out there on the floor. That was kind of our main focus, trying to play hard just to get him out there on the floor.”

On being a leader of the team this year…
“We knew we had to step up a little bit. We lost a few games earlier in the year and we did not see ourselves playing the Kansas State basketball that we knew we were capable of. So we [Wade] stepped up and just tried to take control of the team and take control of our destiny going forward in the Big 12. I felt like we have done that. We have lost some games we should not have lost but overall I feel like this year is our best year in the Big 12 since we have been here. Hopefully it is only going to go up from here.”

Junior Forward Dean Wade
On playing loose…
“We came out and just wanted to be aggressive. We have not played the greatest basketball the past couple games. We just wanted to come out and get back to the way we have been playing earlier in Big 12 [play]. We just came out with a ton energy, firing on offense and defense, so it was an all-around good game for us.”

On being more aggressive this year with his shot…
“I might have done it last year but I definitely would not have done it my freshman year. My teammates just tell me to keep shooting and keep being aggressive. My percentages say I am shooting 45% or something like that, so I miss two then I am bound to make one. That is the way I think about it.”

Sophomore Forward Makol Mawien
On his performance…
“I did pretty good. My teammates were able to find me and I was able to finish. That was that.”

 

 

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