In The Paint

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By Gabby Watson, producer of March To Madness


John Helsley, NewsOK.com:  Blake Griffin
and the rest of the Oklahoma squad are stunning opponents with their air show.  "You never know who's going to do something crazy, something cool," said Griffin. "I guess we've had all five (starters), actually six, make the highlights."

Troy Phillips, Fort Worth Star Telegram:  North Texas forward Eric Tramiel has had a rough life, but finally finds himself as a starter for the Mean Green.  "Sometimes I dream about being here in the past, going to the [NCAA] tournament, what I could be doing now if I'd been here then," Tramiel said.

Jerry Carino, Asbury Park Press:  Villanova coach Jay Wright was going to Bishop O'Connell High School in search of a premiere recruit.  What he got was a coach instead.  "We were so impressed with Jason (Donnelly)," Wright said. "We thought he was an incredibly talented, intelligent and hard-working guy. He has been with us four or five years and has proven it each year."

Dan Raley, Seattle Post Intelligencer After three years of dominating the conference title, all roads lead through Pauley Pavilion and UCLA this year.  "They're good, they win championships, they know how to win," UW freshman Isaiah Thomas said.

Pete Iorizzo, Albany Times Union Niagara's loss to Rider seems to set Siena up for the post season, either NIT or NCAA tournament.  They will just need to get past Northern Iowa and Canisius.

Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit News Michigan coach John Beilein is already out on the recruiting trail trying to get some big men who can compete in the Big Ten.

Dick Harmon, Deseret News:
  BYU's Luke Nevill and Lee Cummard are proving to be leaders of the Cougars this season.  "They say, 'this is my last chance, my last shot. I want to be successful. Everybody will be more successful if my team wins.' " said BYU coach Dave Rose.

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