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Baylor, Kansas State Postgame Quotes

March 8, 2012

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12/11 [4] BAYLOR 82, RV/RV [5] KANSAS STATE 74
MARCH 8, 2012 • ATTENDANCE: 18,972

  Head Coach Scott Drew

Opening Statement...
"I think this is a better press conference than last year after the first game. So glad we're here a little longer. Pleased with how the guys played. I thought we took much better care of the basketball. In the two previous games against K-State, we had 18 turnovers and 18 turnovers. Maybe it was the uniforms; we saw who we were passing to. But I was going to say that was a big part. Defensively I thought we did a pretty good job for most of the game. K-State's a very good team. I think they're going to have a lot of success in the NCAA Tournament. Coach Martin does a tremendous job and their guys always play extremely hard."

On Perry's performance...
"Coaches always want to win and do what you need to do to win. But Perry's one guy I think our whole staff and team really felt good that had a great game. I think throughout the year he's received a lot of negativity and at the same time I think as we've all shared with him -- and he's a positive kid.

"He's one of those guys that the more you build them up, the better he is. And I think tonight he saw or you guys saw a game in which he was feeling good going into it. And credit the teammates giving him the ball and doing a good job. And during the course of the year there's times where we didn't get him the ball as much as we should have. And that's my fault. At the same time, I think he showed his repertoire tonight shooting the 3. He spent extra time late in the season working on that again, where earlier in the year he was shooting them and we kind of got away from it. So I think he's confident right now, and I think he's playing well right now."

On having a game like this at this point in the season...
"I think the big thing is if you look at our losses, we haven't had a bad loss. The teams that we've lost to are all good teams and teams that are NCAA Tournament teams, are going to be successful. I think what drives coaches the most nuts is when you lose to teams that you shouldn't lose to. And the NCAA always calls them bad losses. And I think credit our leadership, we've shown up and every game we're supposed to win we've won. And I think we've gotten better. I'll throw Coach Knight a bone here. He did a great job a couple of weeks ago. I asked him -- he always moves the ball so well when he coaches. And we were a little stagnant. We threw in his favorite drill to help with assist-to-turnovers. I don't think the guys liked it at first, but we're getting better. So I think we've handled the ball better and hadn't had as many turnovers lately."

On decision to go to man-to-man defense...
"I think really the greatness of our team is we have versatility. The tough thing is finding out which is better. Because statistically a lot of games zone is better. I think sometimes man is better. And trying to figure out which works against K-State's pressure, the three guards really helped us on the offensive end and helped us get some easy transition baskets.

"So I think that lended itself to that. And that's the great thing, is we can go vice versa. What's tough on players is one game you play 25 minutes, the next game you might play five minutes. That's tough on everybody. But as long as we stay as a team, that can be our biggest strength. For the most part this year, for 26 games, we've done that."

On teammates benefitting from PJ3's performance...
"I think Perry's one of those guys, the biggest compliment we can give Perry is as good a player, as good a talent as he is, he's a better teammate. Everybody loves Perry. You love coaching Perry because he's always got a great attitude. It's always team first. On Senior Night, he's one of the first guys to come up, Coach, can one of the guys start for me? And, I mean, here's a guy that might leave after this year and he's given up his starting position for the last home game because he wants to help the team. He's just a remarkable kid."

  Sophomore Perry Jones III

On his career-high 31-point performance against Kansas State...
"It's pleasing because I got my teammates to give me the ball in the right position, my teammates encouraging me to shoot shots I don't normally take. And they told me to do it like I did in practice. I opened up my whole arsenal. They told me: We got one game. If we lose, we're out, so just give it all on the floor. And that's what I'm doing."

On being in a zone all day...
"I guess I was just in the zone today. Just being aggressive and more assertive. Just looking for my teammates when I can find them. If they were open, they told me to make a play, and I would do my best and make the best play I can."

On how the offense developed for him against Kansas State...
"Just being aggressive going to the hole. Not really looking for the foul, but just going into the body, hopefully I'll get the foul, hopefully not. But just being able to finish, and convert and-ones. And it's postseason and you won't get that many foul calls, you gotta be aggressive, you gotta be tough, and just attacking the glass, attacking the basket."

On teammates encouragement to take shots he normally wouldn't...
"Just being in the offense, Brady is a 3-point shooter, giving him the ball at the 3-point line, things like that, wanting to be on the inside more. But my teammates said -- they told me to open my whole arsenal, meaning do what I know I can do. I've been shooting a lot after practice, making consistent shots after practice. So it only felt right to take the shots I was taking in the game because I made them in practice."

On his suspension a year ago...
"Yeah, my teammates reminded me when I got on the plane. They all gave me a round of applause for being able to show up here and being able to play in this tournament. But, I mean, other than that, it was all laughing and jokes. It wasn't nothing serious."

On what Baylor needs to do differently to beat Kansas...
"Defend. Defend and rebound. They're a great offensive and defensive team. They rebound really well. We've got to be able to rebound and get a lot of stops, as many stops as possible, because they can get on runs and it can get ugly. So just play defense.

   Sophomore Brady Heslip

On Baylor's three-guard look...
"I think it works well for us just because we're all different, and we all bring something different to the table. Those guys can really play defense. And Coach told us we really gotta guard today, and that's what we did. And the three-guard lineup allows us to be fast, but also guard at the same time."



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