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Coach Williams' Post-Game Comments
after Iowa State 80, Kansas 72
courtesy of Jack Alden

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"First of all I'd like to congratulate Iowa State. I think what they've done this last week to ten days is really important to them, to say the least. They win their last regular season game against Nebraska and their first game here in the tournmanet. I told coach Floyd before the game, I think they really needed to do that to ensure that they're in the (NCAA) tournament. I thought they were definitely in now, but they had a tough stretch during their season where things really went south for them. They've got good kids and a good coach, and when you get that combination and toughness added to it, you can come back, and I think that's what they've done. If I was the Iowa State coach or an Iowa State supporter, I'd be extremely proud of my team.

"I'm the Kansas coach, and I'm still extremely proud of our team. We didn't play as well today as we needed to play. We had a tough time shooting the ball in the basket, and they (ISU) made some big shots. Hurl Beechum was really something yesterday in the second half against Missouri and made a couple of them today that were really difficult shots. He made one when BJ made a good switch on him, and BJ was right on top of him, and he shot it. It looked like it was gonna go through the top of the building, but when it came down, it came down through the net.

"I think one of the key things in the game from our viewpoint, the last three shots they took in regulation they missed, but they got the rebound and got a second opportunity and ended up getting fouled and going to the free throw line, and made some free throws down the stretch. Then at our end we didn't make the shots, and we made a couple of plays I don't think we normally would have made. We got a little bit too caought up in the excitement, and that's just poor coaching.

"But instead of dwelling on what we didn't do, which we'll do as a staff and with our team, I think the most important thing to do is to congratulate Iowa State on making some of the plays they had to make.

"We've got to play better than we did today. That's the bottom line. If we don't, we won't accomplish what we want to in the next three weeks.

"In '91 and '93 the kids themselves got together. I remember Mark Randall standing up and saying some things that were important. But they don't need me to tell them the next loss puts them up for good."

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