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Coach Williams' Post-Game Comments
after Kansas 61, Iowa State 50
courtesy of Jack Alden

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Roy Williams - "The final score was the first thing I liked about this game. Number two would be our toughness. The score was 28-28 at half, and they had scored the last two baskets, and the crowd was rockin'. We came out in the second half, and we were really something defensively. They scored two baskets in the first five or six minutes of the second half, and you were really amazed at how either one of them went in. We weren't exactly setting things on fire at the other end at the same time. Then after that six minute stretch we got a couple of realy nice moves, penetration, a screen-and-roll, and Jacque gets one to Paul on a break for a dunk, and Jacque gets one to Scot Pollard after a screen-and-roll, then we started doing a little better job offensively. But I think what we did on the defensive end of the floor and our poise were the keys to the game.

"Making eight straight free throws at the end was good. They made a decision to foul, because we haven't exactly been setting the world on fire from the free throw line. But we had the right people in the game, and they stepped up to the line and made it.

"All of our big guys did a good job down on the baseline. You'd have to ask Tim (Floyd) what their game plan was, but it appeared to me that they really wanted to get Cato involved in the game. And they did a much better job in the first half of accomplishing getting the ball inside and getting fouled than we did. We weren't very patient, and we ended up taking some wild shots, or some shots a little quickly. But in the second half we had a little better mixture and got the ball to the basket a little bit more.

"Dedrick Willoughby played well, and he's a fantastic player. But Jerod Haase and Jacque Vaughn, I honestly believe, are the two best defensive guards I've ever been around coaching, either as an assistant or a head coach, and they were fantastic. When Jerod went out of the game, Jacque took Willoughby, and you can't stop him. You really can't. But what you can do is just hope you get a hand up.

"Our program is based on how we play at the defensive end of the floor, and I got that feeling from Tim watching them play, also. I think both of us take pride in what we do as far as guarding people, and I really like their team."

ISU coach Tim Floyd - "The biggest difference in the second half was our inability to get to the foul line. We didn't get to the line, which we'd been able to do all year. That and their second-chance points.

"They stepped it up a notch in the second half. Their second and third chances eventually broke us down.

"I credit their defense. They did a great job on us. They took away a lot of things we were trying to do. They're a great basketball team.

"We didn't talk about (playing for first place in the Big 8) at all. If you can't get ready for Kansas, you can't get ready to play."

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