By Gabby Watson, producer of March To Madness
John Supinie, Peoria Journal Star: In search of a way to handle Ohio State's 3-2 zone defense, Illinois coach Bruce Weber watched tapes of former West Virginia coach John Beilein's team playing ball. Guess it worked.
Liz Clarke, Washington Post: Before the season Big East coaches picked Georgetown to finish seventh in the Big East despite lofty expectations. It looks like they were right -- but can the Hoyas overcome their shortcomings before it's too late?
Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News: The Big 12 is working hard to get as many teams as possible into the NCAA tournament this year. "We still have a chance to get six teams in. I don't envy the selection committee," said John Underwood, the Big 12's associate commissioner for men's basketball and game management.
Pete Thamel, New York Times: Binghamton's rise to the top of the America East has been meteoric -- but at what cost? One professor accuses the athletic department of influencing grading and others are curious about the team's changing recruiting practices.
Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star: Arizona has much to be excited about rebuilding on next season. "You know going in it's a rebuilding process," says Scout.com analyst Dave Telep. "But the value in this job is always strong, and Russ Pennell's contribution has helped increase that. What happened at Arizona sends a great message that when you have fans and get players to band together, you can get it going."
Steve Walentik, Columbia Daily Tribune: Missouri seems to be on the cusp of an NCAA tournament berth in what seems to be a season of firsts. "There's a lot of firsts that are taking place," Tigers coach Mike Anderson said. "Guys are playing with a lot of confidence ... It goes with winning, I think."
Myron P. Medcalf, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minnesota was riding high until they stumbled against Northwestern. Now the Gophers are in a position to start from scratch trying to prove themselves worthy of postseason action.
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