In The Paint

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By Gabby Watson, producer of March To Madness

Jerry Carino, New Jersey Hoops Haven:  With the economy in a downturn, Seton Hall is cutting costs by not taking the their band or cheerleaders to the Big East tournament.

Robbi Pickeral, Charlotte Observer:  The Tar Heels expect Tyler Hansbrough ... and Tyler Zeller to play tonight.  "If it was 15 years ago, I wouldn't even let a young man consider giving up a year for five regular-season games and whatever postseason games we might have," coach Roy Williams said Tuesday. "But he would really like to help this team; he would really like to play."

Steve Porter, Alton Telegraph In a turnabout from last season's 16-19 record, Illinois is now thinking about a high seed for March Madness.  "Being rated is good for the program in a lot of ways and it can all add up to a higher seed," U of I coach Bruce Weber said.

Dayton Morinaga, Honolulu Advertiser:  After a brutal one-point loss to Nevada, Hawaii coach Bob Nash is trying to get the team to focus on the future.  "If you keep it with you, you'll get blindsided by the rest of the teams coming up, and we can't afford to do that," Nash said.

Michael Grant, Louisville Courier-Journal
:  Morehead State's trio of center Kenneth Faried, power forward Leon Buchanan and small forward Maze Stallworth is proving to be too much for the rest of the Ohio Valley Conference.

Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Selection Sunday may be 25 days away, but Pittsburgh might be on pace for a number one seed in the NCAA tournament.

Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News
Temple may have a shot at getting into the NCAA tournament if it can establish itself as the third best team in their conference behind Xavier and Dayton.


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