By Gabby Watson, producer of March To Madness
David Wharton, Los Angeles Times: Standout recruit Renardo Sidney looked like he was going to commit to UCLA. How did the Bruins drop out of the running?
Michael Hunt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: After beating Butler, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee feels much better about their chances in the Horizon Conference and getting into the NCAA Tournament. "Will Butler have to go down? Probably," UWM coach Rob Jeter said.
Mark Rosner, Austin American-Statesman: Don't bring up the Longhorns chances of getting into March Madness with Texas coach Rick Barnes. You just might catch his ire. "I don't understand why people want to speculate," Barnes said. "I think it's stupid. Somebody asked me, 'Do you think you're in today?' It doesn't matter if you are in today."
Corey Davis, Richmond County Daily Journal: Does Duke need to make a course correction? With the Blue Devils lack of an inside presence and it's over dependence on perimeter shooting some are saying they are ripe for the picking once the NCAA tournament starts.
Mike Hume, Falls Church News Press: Georgetown is barely hanging on as their fans have been suffering this season. The suffering could continue as the Hoyas might not make the post season and their two best freshmen players may bolt for the NBA.
Paul Schofield, The Tribune-Review: Robert Morris is so close to a NCAA tournament berth and they are sick of settling for the consolation prize of the NIT. "We don't want the NIT again," Robert Morris guard Jimmy Langhurst said. "We want the NCAA berth."
Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News: You wouldn't of even known that Temple won their game against Fordham by the way the players were talking afterward. "We played like trash. That's no excuse," Owls guard Dionte Christmas said.
Howie Stalwick, The News Tribune: Although Washington State has had a miserable season, freshman guard Klay Thompson has been a bright spot for the Cougars. "He's a heck of a player," WSU coach Tony Bennett said. "He'll have a nice future as he gets stronger and keeps working on individual improvement."
Hank Wesch, San Diego Union Tribune: USD's season has been marred by heart breaking loses and player suspensions, but the Toreros still have a shot at redemption.