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By Gabby Watson, producer of March To Madness

Art Thiel, Seattle Post Intelligencer:  Washington freshman Isaiah Thomas' innovative and unique shooting has the Huskies rolling through the Pac-10.  "I can't explain that," Thomas said before practice. "I'm the smallest guy on the court. It's something I've worked on for years -- moves to get open. It comes in the game when I have to get the shot off."

Brent Zwerneman, The Houston Chronicle
With his team flailing in his first full year as a head coach, Pat Knight is beginning to talk a little more like his father might have in a similar situation.  "We've just gone through a rough patch, but instead of someone stepping up it's like they've all gone in a shell," Knight said. "Kids want to be buddies too much. They don't understand that when you cross that line in practice, it doesn't matter if he's your buddy or not. You've got to punch him in the mouth if he needs punching in the mouth."  While Knight's frustrated now, he said he's psyched about the incoming recruiting class.

J. Bates, KBCI CBS 2 The Idaho / Boise State rivalry is as hot as ever.  "I don't want to see them win .... when I graduate I don't want to see them win either, this is my school and if we can beat them for the rest of time that would be fine with me," Bronco guard Anthony Thomas said.

Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun:  In what's becoming an increasingly heated drama, Gary Williams and the University of Maryland administration offer differing reports on what actually happened with the Terps' failed recruits.
 
Dan Wolken, Memphis Commercial Appeal Memphis coach John Calipari is trying to teach his team to slow down a bit during games.  "We like to get up and down, (but) to slow down a little bit against a team like that and win a ballgame on the road, it helps," guard Antonio Anderson said.

Steve Ford, Evansville Courier & PressUniversity of Evansville coach Marty Simmons loves the routine things.  So when the plane that was supposed to take them to play Drake was delayed, the worry started to set in.  "I like to do things the same way every time we travel," said Simmons. "I want to get in the night before, get a walk-through and a meal and make sure my players get a good night's rest. That won't be the case this time."

John Shinn, Norman Transcript:  As Oklahoma has crossed the 20-win mark in only January, folks are starting to think that an undefeated conference season heading into March Madness is becoming more and more possible.

Dan Collins, Winston-Salem Journal The Demon Deacons may have a shot to get their number one ranking back, which they lost when they floundered against Virginia Tech last week, when they play Duke today.  "I think with the guys we have, nobody wants to lose again. I don't think anybody will let that happen again, to come out and not play hard," Wake's Chas McFarland said

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