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Baylor, Wichita State Postgame Quotes
Dec. 2, 2017

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8/8 WICHITA STATE (6-1) 69, 16/16 BAYLOR (5-2) 62
Dec. 2, 2017
Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
Attendance: 9,773

BAYLOR POSTGAME QUOTES

Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew
Opening statement...
“I want to thank the crowd. I thought marketing and administration did a great job and I know our team really appreciated your support. Sorry we couldn’t give you more to cheer for, especially in the last few minutes, but you definitely affected the game. Our guys played really hard.”

On defending WSU 3’s…
“They made 10-for-16 for threes, we were 5-for-21. Defensively, we could of done things better to identify shooters or get out to them sooner, but you have to credit them for making the shots. 10-for-16 – that’s hard to do when there’s no defense on you, so that was the big difference.”

On the rebounding battle…
“Wichita State is an unbelievably great rebounding, physical team, and I thought we held our own. That was great to see. This is a game that gets us better.”

On the matchup…
“They’re analytically the fourth-best team in the country, and with six seniors out of nine playing, they’ve seen every offense, and that just makes the preparation that much easier.”

On BU’s shooting struggles…
“As every team progresses, we want to get good, better, best, and we’ll get better shooting the right shots. Every shot’s pretty tough with them and if you get an open one, you’re happy you had it and then hopefully you make it or get an offensive rebound. Mark Vital really did a great job giving us a big lift with that.”

Senior Manu Lecomte
On WSU’s shot defense…
“Really good team defensively, very systematic and smart with what they do. I thought we did a good job fighting and attacking and kept trying to be aggressive creating shots for each other. I thought we did a pretty good job, even though it was a pretty good team defensively. I thought we did a good job staying patient, too, and not rushing to a bad shot.”

On tying the game…
“It’s a game of runs, especially with a team like that. Like I said, they’re very organized in offense and defense, so they made us work and we tried to make them work, but they were very patient, too, on offense and that is how they pulled it out.”

On only having eight scholarship players…
“Huge, it’s been tough lately. We tried to bring guys in. Ish [Wainright] was here yesterday, and we brought in O[bim Okeke] this week trying to help us. Tyson did a great job for us. First game of the year against a top ten team and he did a great job just coming in and did everything he could. I definitely think we can beat them. TJ being out its been tough we have to adjust but I definitely think we can beat this team even though it’s a very good team.”

On preparations for Big 12 play…
“That’s how it’s going to be in the Big 12. It’s very tough and very competitive. We lost, but I think we’re going to learn a lot from it.”

Freshman Mark Vital
On the offensive rebounding success…
“All my life I was taught to be fearless and in rebounding, I thought to myself, ‘I have to get this rebound.’ Don’t get me wrong, they’re good, a real good rebounding team, but I’ve just got to go in there and be fearless.”

On the matchup with Shaquille Morris…
“Shaq is a big dude. I hit him one play and bounced right off of him, so I thought I have to hit him even harder. But Shaq is a real good player.”

WICHITA STATE POSTGAME QUOTES

Wichita State Head Coach Gregg Marshall
Opening statement…
“Okay, first of all, I thought it was a very hard-fought basketball game. Two great teams were going at it, but we just happened to make a few great stops there at the end, and did a little bit better job on the defensive glass after the first four minutes. That’s a heck of a basketball team. They’re banged up and we’re banged up, them probably a little more than us. We certainly feel their pain. We understand it. It’s nice to be able to come in here against this type of team and get the win.”

On Frankamp hitting 3’s in big moments…
“He’s a great shooter, and we look for him against the zone. It’s why he’s out there, to be honest. He does a great job of letting it go with confidence. He has great rotation on the basketball, obviously, and he’s a tremendous shooter. Landry [Shamet] does a great job of finding him in transition, and our team did a great job of attacking their zone today.”

On preparing for the zone…
“Well, you’ve got to get the ball into the interior of the zone, around the middle of the paint, and to the corners, because there are a lot of times when there are four guys foul-line extended and higher, the point guard, the guy at the nail and the two wings. So you’ve got to attack the baseline. That was a big emphasis for us.”

On if he was disappointed with team’s inability to extend lead…
“Oh yeah. We talked about it in the next sit down. One of two things was going to happen: we were going to push it over 10, or they were going to make a one-possession game before I call timeout. In this case, it got to one possession, but we were able to sustain it and stem the tide and the final margin was exactly what it was when I made that statement.”

Sophomore Landry Shamet
On communication after Baylor tied the game at 62…
“Well, first of all, we knew they were going to go on their run. On the road, you’re not going to get some calls, and things are going to go their way, but that’s just part of playing on the road. My biggest thing is just staying composed and even-keel. That’s the biggest thing. Rashard is good at talking with that. We all were on the same page of keep doing what we were doing. They hit a few shots, and a couple of things started going their way, but we knew what we were doing the whole game.”

On his 7 assists against the zone…
“Just not trying to make crazy plays or do too much. We kept telling ourselves, “it’s just a zone.” No discredit to them, but that’s just the thing we kept saying. Rashard was saying it all week: “it’s just a zone.” Sometimes we get a little, “oh god, it’s a zone, what do we do?” But it’s just playing simple, making easy passes, and one things leads to another, and then guys are shooting shots and they’re going in.”

Senior Conner Frankamp
On remarkable road record…
“It’s just something that we preach in the locker room before road games. We know defense travels and sometimes offense doesn’t, so one thing we really focus on is locking down defensively and rebounding. That’s been the key to winning so many games on the road, I feel like.”

On the importance of Shamet being able to get him the ball…
“Yeah, it’s important. Landry does a great job of getting me the ball when I’m open. Same thing goes for him. I love playing with him. I try to find him when he’s open and in rhythm. I feel like we play pretty well together.”


 

 

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