Jan. 7, 2014
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K-State 65, TCU 47
Fort Worth, Texas
TCU head coach Trent Johnson
"I don't want to take anything from Kansas State. They are a very efficient basketball team and they obviously play very hard. They had 16 assists and 18 turnovers, so they gave us the ball 18 times. They beat us 37-21 off the glass. In the first half we were non-existent [in rebounding]. The thing that was most disappointing to me was with six minutes to go and still in a relatively close game, I thought our body language showed that we had stopped competing. It was real disappointing, so from now on, our job is to compete.
"The situation we have now is that we have a lot of games coming up at a high level against good teams that have good players. The question that has been asked to me is what has been our problem with free throws? We don't have a problem with that. It's a matter of us putting more pressure on ourselves than we need to because we are playing a good team. That goes with toughness. It was disappointing from that standpoint, but we are a much better team in terms of competing and rebounding than we showed tonight."
On the offense and mental toughness:
"We were getting shots. Since I've been here, in this system offensively, you are going to get open shots. That shouldn't affect the way you play on the other end. Kansas State had 18 turnovers. They turned the ball over, but that didn't affect the way they played. What does that say? It says they are a mentally tough team. When I look at college basketball, you have some really good teams that are mentally tough and then there are teams who are good, but when they play a tough team they get exposed. We talk about all these mid-major teams who beat BCS conference teams, and the reason that happens is that some are just mentally tough. For whatever reason, I'm not getting through to my guys about mental toughness."
TCU junior forward Amric Fields
On what made Kansas State's defense so effective:
"They're solid. Once you beat one defender, they have great help-side defense. They all rotate and take charges. They are just all-around solid."
On what has to change the most for TCU:
"Toughness. We are soft right now. We can play a lot better, but we haven't shown that yet. We are a really tough team, and we just have trouble showing that at game time. We just need to find some way to do that."
Kansas State head coach Bruce Webber
"It was a hard fought game. There is no doubt TCU is better and we tried to make sure the kids knew that. We were a little over anxious offensively and I think we were a little too fast. On a positive note, we were patient, we were able to exploit them and get it to Thomas Gibson. We had a good defensive effort again and now we have a true road game under our belt. Now we obviously go into a little tougher environment at Kansas on Saturday."
Kansas State junior forward Thomas Gibson
On the team's defensive effort and rebounding:
"What coach told us was that they were not really a good rebounding team, but they do play hard. We just wanted to emphasize our rebounding against them, I feel like we did a good job with that."
On the team's performance in their first true road game:
"This was our first true away game. I feel like the freshman and the young guys were kind of anxious and I was kind of anxious too because I was playing at home and I wanted to make plays. I had a couple early turnovers. I feel like we handled this pretty well, but we have to be better at jumping on teams early rather than later on in the game. We were kind of like that last year, but I think overall we handled it pretty good."