January 17, 2008

Martin on A&M loss: 'It's the Big 12'

Texas Tech seemingly took a chunk of armor out of No. 10 Texas A&M in a 68-53 win at Lubbock, Texas, on Wednesday night. Try telling that to Kansas State coach Frank Martin, who on Thursday morning racked up the game's result to just being "the Big 12." Fortunately for the Wildcats, they will get a week to prepare for their second straight league game as the Aggies visit a sold-out Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday.

Question: What can you learn from last night and the way it seemed Texas Tech took Texas A&M out of everything they wanted to do?
Martin: It's the Big 12. It's the Big 12. How about Nebraska losing at Colorado the other night? It's the Big 12. Going on the road and beating a Big 12 team is hard. Texas Tech looked pretty bad a couple days ago at Oklahoma State and that's why Coach Bob Knight is as good as he is. He did an unbelievable job of preparing his team and got his team to perform at a high level last night.

Question: With Michael Beasley being 19 and a freshman, is it hard for him to be the leader?
Martin: Our leadership is kind of by committee right now. It's kind of a tag-team effort because we have different people who have different styles. Clent Stewart isn't very much of a vocal guy, but he's a guy who leads by the way he plays. What he did the other night, he didn't practice a single second all week and couldn't even put his shoes on by himself during shoot around, but for him to line up and play the way he did, players respect that. He leads that way. Bill Walker is more of a vocal, emotional guy and Mike is kind of somewhere in between Bill and Stew, where his production … he plays through pain, I mean, he's playing on a bum ankle right now. It's not something that he pouts or moans about and he continues to play and produce and in the leadership role, he's always been second fiddle in shooting and in production everywhere he's played. It's only in the last year or so where he's learned to accept the leadership role and he's doing a pretty good job of it right now.

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