In The Paint

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By Gabby Watson, producer of March To Madness

John Pitarresi, Utica Observer Dispatch Syracuse is a lot more confident now with a win under their belt against West Virginia.  "It was a matter of getting our swagger back," guard Eric Devendorf said. "Playing with a little more heart than we have been."

Stan Olson, The Charlotte Observer:  Mike Maloy, the three-time All-American who broke Davidson's color barrier and led the Wildcats to back-to-back NCAA tournament regional finals passed away Tuesday.  "I've been fighting with the Davidson Hall of Fame to put him in there," said Lefty Driesell, who coached Maloy through his junior year. "He was the best player they ever had."

Zach Klitzman, Daily Pennsylvanian:
  Cornell guard Louis Dale is proving to be a very defensive minded player.  "I love how physicality is a part of college basketball," he said. "The team that is more physical usually wins. That's what our entire team tries to do."

Doug Haller, The Arizona Republic:  Arizona State senior Jeff Pendergraph knows what's at stake this season after two humiliating losses and will not be quiet about it.  "I'm not going to wait until after the season to be like, 'Dang, we coulda, shoulda, woulda.' I don't want to be one of those guys on one of those teams. I want to be the guy (who says), 'We were down, but we turned it around.'"

Jennifer Starks, San Jose Mercury NewsSaint Mary's coach Randy Bennett is trying not to be depressed about losing his star player Patty Mills to a hand injury.  "You can't think like that," Bennett said. "That's when you get in trouble.  It's always creeping back in. Every morning when I wake up, I think, 'I have to change my attitude here.'"
 
Terry Bannon, Chicago TribuneIllinois is hoping that at least one of their perimeter shooters will get out of their three-point slump soon.  "I feel like I haven't hit a shot in a month," Illini guard Trent Meacham said.

Dick Patrick, USA Today:  Lady Vols' coach Pat Summitt goes for her 1,000th win for the second try tonight against her old rival, Georgia coach Andy Landers.

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