By Gabby Watson, producer of March To Madness
Roger Rubin, New York Daily News: St. John's President Rev. Donald J. Harrington is very thankful that coach Norm Roberts has cleaned up the school's program even though the winning hasn't been forthcoming.
Jack Bogaczyk, Charleston Daily Mail: After a close loss to Louisville, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins is trying to emphasize poise. "If you're going to be any good, "Huggins said, "you have to be able to deal with pressure."
Daniel L. Chamness, Freeport Journal-Standard: Butler's Willie Veasley has been the glue for the Bulldogs in dominating the Horizon League.
Elton Alexander, The Plain Dealer: The Louisville Cardinals could be quietly making a Final Four run this year, however coach Rick Pitino needs to keep his players in check. "Our players have a tendency to fall in love with themselves too much," he said.
Mark Tupper, Herald & Review: The Fighting Illini are playing a game of survivor now in the Big Ten after a close game with Iowa. "At least we responded at halftime," Bruce Weber said.
Steve Yanda, Washington Post: Maryland's defense seems to be frustrating all comers this season, especially against Miami. "I don't really have a whole lot other than to say they just totally played harder than us, played tougher than us, more physical than us," Miami coach Frank Haith said.
Bruce Buratti, The Express Times: Penn State players are confident that they will be in the NCAA tournament this year after beating Michigan State in their house. "Coach (Ed DeChellis) mentioned that we hadn't won here. But I wasn't on those other Penn State teams. This is the '08-09 team. And we weren't going to lose by 37 like last year," Nittany Lions guard Talor Battle said.