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Roy Williams' comments
after Kansas 74, Oklahoma State 59
courtesy of Jack Alden

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Roy Williams - "We feel very fortunate to have continued playing. I think that Oklahoma State remembered the last game when we played so well against them at that point. I think Eddie Sutton did a much better coaching job jetting his team ready to play than I did. Yet, I loved our competitiveness and our poise when it got to where we were four down, and our poise down the stretch was the key to the game.

"Raef came out and made two big steals after they took the lead. He only made one of the layups, but I think that sparked us when we saw what he could do out there. And then we started playing much better on the defensive end of the floor, and that translated to better shots. Our guys off the bench did a good job in the stretch when I had them in there. Billy hits a three. TJ Pugh hits a three. So I think it was pretty good credit to those guy who wear 'Kansas.'

(On benching all five starters for an extended time in the second half) "We weren't jittery. We just didn't have the enthusiasm, the energy level. Yesterday I came the closest I've come with this team to absolutely losing it, going crazy. It showed in the way we played today.

"I don't mind struggling if you get something out of it, to get your feet wet. Hopefully it'll help us.

"I've never seen a coach who wants to get a technical foul, because the free throws can help the other team. I do try to do things like take five starters out, put five new guys in to yell at them awhile or ignore them awhile. I don't know if it helps, but it makes me feel better.

"I didn't think we had any more life coming out of the halftime talk than we did during the first half. I said, 'Shoot, I'll give another five guys a chance to see if they are into it more emotionally and have more enthusism."

OSU coach Eddie Sutton - "Chianti fouling out was the major play. We're a better team than when we went into Lawrence (104-72 KU victory)". This isn't like going into Allen Fieldhouse. They hit 11 of 16 three-point shots in that game, and when they're hitting from the outside they're difficult to beat, because they're so tough inside.

"In the last five minutes I thought we were more fatigued than they were. I thought Kansas competed, and we just ran out of gas.

"If it were my decision, I'd say we need to go (if offered an NIT bid), but it's up to the players. If they don't want to play, I don't want to coach them."

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