By Gabby Watson, producer of March To Madness
Robyn Norwood, Los Angeles Times: Rejected by UCLA during the recruiting process, sophomore forward Austin Daye seems to be fitting in quite nicely at Gonzaga. "UCLA thought he was too skinny, and I didn't think he fit [UCLA Coach] Ben Howland's style," said Austin's father Darren Daye. "He's not a real strong, tough defender. But in basketball, if you're good enough, you can break the mold. Look at Tayshaun Prince."
Zach Anderson and Chris Mangan, SDSU Collegian: An open letter to all South Dakota State fans; please don't give up on the Jackrabbits, they only lack confidence to compete at the next level.
Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Washington guard Justin Dentmon is crazy about his new role as the Huskies' shooting guard. "I love this role," said Dentmon. "I love it. I tell [guard Isaiah Thomas] if he's tired, let me bring it up. But he wants the ball all the time. So I'm cool with it."
Paul Buker, The Oregonian: Despite the tough love exterior OSU coach Craig Robinson exudes, Beavers players are sticking up for their coach. "It's not that bad," laughed forward Omari Johnson, "but he's getting up there (with the f-bombs). ... he's trying to watch his language."
Jason Groves, Las Cruces Sun-News: New Mexico State's Wendell McKines left the school at one point but decided to stick around and work even harder on his game. It is starting to pay off now as McKines has his own fan club with nearly a double-double effort every game he plays.
Jon Krawczynski, Fort Mills Times: The Minnesota Gophers got their first lesson in how to deal with success after their heartbreaking loss to Northwestern; beware of the 'trap game'. "Hopefully we learned our lesson," coach Tubby Smith said.
Chris Korman, Herald Times: This has got to hurt; Indiana, in a desperate effort to lure fans to games have lowered ticket prices to $5 each for the rest of the season. However, some may prefer a Subway sandwich than to watch the Hoosiers play.