By Gabby Watson, producer of March To Madness
Rick Maese, The Baltimore Sun: When Greivis Vasquez landed in foul trouble last night against Duke, Maryland proved it's only a tournament team with him on the floor -- as a cheerleader, the Terps will fall short.
Kevin Schnepf, INFORUM: Stop doing all the number crunching and win/loss simulations. If North Dakota State wins against Centenary College they would have at least a share of the Summit League championship, their first in the team's Division I history. "We're treating (tonight) as the championship game," said Bison senior forward Brett Winkelman.
Myron P. Medcalf, Minneapolis Star Tribune: The Minnesota Gophers need guard Lawrence Westbrook to step up to the roll of go to scorer now more than ever. "I think I can do it," said Westbrook. "I'm that guy that when we need a basket, if Coach goes to me, I think I can get us one."
Terry Bannon, Chicago Tribune: The Illinois bench could become more involved as the Fighting Illini gets closer to conference tournament play. "I would think this weekend they will be more involved," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said of his backups.
Patrick McManamon, Akron Beacon Journal: Kent State's Geno Ford has gotten a lot of valuable lessons for his first year as head coach of the Golden Flashes. Like how to lose weight? "I've learned a great diet," he said this week. "I lost 24 pounds this year."
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: It has been a rough year for the University of San Francisco basketball team with crushing losses and multiple suspended players. Coach Rex Walters is not looking forward to the future either. "It has been difficult, no question, and it's going to be difficult in the future," said Walters. "There have been times when I haven't felt like we were getting any better."
Berry Tramel, NewsOK.com: With Oklahoma's Blake Griffin out for the past two games, guard Willie Warren's stock has gone way up. There is even talk of him going to the NBA after this season.
Jim Beseda, The Oregonian: University of Portland guard Eric Waterford is a bench player and being a bench player mean having infinite patience. "You've got to be ready at all times," Waterford said, "because Coach could throw you in there when you least expect."