By Gabby Watson, producer of March To Madness
Jeff D'Alessio, Sporting News: Get to know Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, including a strange superstition regarding his transportation to home games.
Robbi Pickeral, Raleigh News and Observer: After a sharp elbow to the mouth, Tyler Hansbrough is left with a new fashionable accessory, at least temporarily: braces.
Padrick Brewer, Central Florida Future: UCF coach Kirk Speraw was a little disheartened about the minuscule fan support when the Knights beat Southern Miss. Others where downright embarrassed about it.
Ryan Malashock, The Morning News: It seems like everyone, including opposing Florida coach Billy Donovan is trying to get Arkansas guard Rotnei Clarke out of his shooting slump. "He said I needed to be more aggressive," Clarke said. "I looked at that, took it to heart and put it in my mind because he's a well-known, unbelievable coach."
John Supinie, Kewanee Star Courier: It's great being on top for Illinois coach Bruce Weber, especially after the pain he went through last season with a losing record. "He didn't have fun," said Illini guard Chester Frazier. "I know he didn't sleep when he was calling me at two in the morning. It's kind of a relief seeing coach get some notoriety and winning some games this year, especially when a lot of people were throwing him under the bus and saying he should be out of here."
Jerry Tipton, Kentucky.com: Even after a phenomenal freshman season, Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie says that forward Patrick Patterson has gotten even better now. "I know he was good last year," Gillispie said on a Southeastern Conference coaches' teleconference on Thursday. "But he's a lot better this year."
Mark Singelais, Albany Times Union: University of Albany coach Will Brown is so frustrated with his team's lack of effort that he is looking for help to motivate them. "It's got to be important enough from within that there's somebody from within that's holding them accountable consistently besides the coaching staff," Brown said. "Somebody in a uniform has to consistently hold them accountable and not in a cheerleader way."
Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun: His squad may be big underdogs, but Maryland's Greivis Vasquez can't wait to face the Cameron Crazies on Saturday. "They give me energy. They always have. I just want them to keep talking and talking," Vasquez said of the Cameron crew. As long as Vasquez doesn't talk back …