In The Paint

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By Gabby Watson, producer of March To Madness

Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times:  An ordinary game turned a little crazy as Tim Floyd had to be escorted off the floor during USC's matchup against Arizona  State after hotly contesting a charge call.  Among other angry quotes after the game, Floyd told reporters:  "We don't have freedom of speech as coaches.  We cannot discuss those things. . . . Maybe [President] Obama will change that rule, where we can talk."

Rob Schultz, Big Ten Network:  Who knew?  Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan counts Bob Knight among his many mentors.

Mark Saxon, OC Register Will reputation rather than record will be responsible for getting the UCLA Bruins a high seed in the NCAA tournament this year?

Myron P. Medcalf, Minneapolis Star Tribune:  Minnesota freshman guard Devoe Joseph, Canada's three-time national player of the year, is providing a much needed spark off the bench for the Gophers.  "I always try to come out with fire and just try to come out with energy and get the team lifted up," he said.

Gentry Estes, Mobile Press-Register So the question is 'Can Alabama pull it together to make a post season run?'  "A lot of people gave up on us," Tide guard Brandon Hollinger said. "Fans probably gave up on us, but we've still got a chance. We can get hot at the end of the season like Georgia did last year (in winning the SEC tournament). Anything is possible."

Jeremy Fowler, Orlando Sentinel Something we all assumed; basketball coaches live a very unhealthy lifestyle.  Just ask Billy Gillispie.  "I doubt if any coach is going to make sure he exercises and makes proper time like he should instead of going to see a recruit or schedule a practice at a certain time," said Gillispie.

Jason Groves, Las Cruces Sun-News
New Mexico State guard Jonathan Gibson knows that he will bust out of his shooting slump but he is more concerned about what else he can do.  "I'm very confident that I'll get the shooting touch back, but it's more important to do something else to help the team," Gibson said.

Austin Meek, Topeka Capital JournalAs the lone senior on Kansas State's roster, Darren Kent may not be Superman but he is starting to make an impact on the Wildcats squad.

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