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By Gabby Watson, producer of March To Madness

John Feinstein, Washington Post:  With the long-simmering animosity between Gary Williams and athletic director Debbie Yow out in the open over who is responsible for the loss of key recruits over the last few years, Feinstein says the Terps have to figure out how to rebuild a program, without embarrassing themselves in the process with the blame game.

Kevin McNamara, Providence Journal:  After three seasons of inconsistent play, Providence forward Jonathan Kale is becoming a standout player for the Friars and is playing the best basketball of his career. 

Dustin Dopirak, Harrisonburg Daily News Record:  James Madison's Juwann James was treated at a local hospital and is doing just fine after collapsing from chest pains in the middle of their game against Old Dominion.  "I was sitting next to him," sophomore guard Ben Louis said. "He sort of just told me to go get trainer John Kaltenborn real quick and started coughing more and more and more. Then all of the sudden, he just hit the deck and couldn't get back up. It was very, very, very scary."

Darryl Slater, Richmond Times Dispatch:  Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney is proving to be Mr. Tough Guy when he goes up against other star ACC talent.  "I don't need hype like a lot of other players," Delaney said. "People are going to know when they're done playing against me: Yeah, he's tough. He's a good player. That's all I need."

Sid Hartman, Star Tribune:
  Gophers coach Tubby Smith has often compared junior Damian Johnson with Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons.  Prince was in town on Wednesday and decided to meet Johnson to see what the comparisons were about.  "I'd love to be in his situation," Johnson said of Prince. "It's all about hard work, so I'm going to try to work hard, keep working, and maybe I'll be in his same shoes."

Anthony Gimino, Tucson Citizen:
  Gone are the superstar freshmen of the Pac-10 last year.  This year's crop does not measure up, which has hurt the conference.

Jeff Faraudo, Inside Bay Area:  Cal coach Mike Montgomery has been on his junior center that he needs to be more aggressive on the court.  But that seems to not be Jordan Wilkes' personality.  "I definitely try to find ways to get mad and get angry," Wilkes said. "But it's not really my nature."

Doug Harris, Springfield News Sun:  Dayton forward Chris Wright has plenty of energy and enthusiasm, but coach Brian Gregory wishes he would rein that in a little and play focused basketball.

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