By Gabby Watson, producer of March To Madness
J. Brady McCollough, Kansas City Star: Kansas freshman Tyshawn Taylor wouldn't be the player or student he is today without his mentor from Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
Bud Withers, Seattle Times: Here is the inside track on how the Gonzaga Bulldogs when from unknowns to Cinderellas to a perennial powerhouse basketball school.
Pete Thamel, New York Times: When a father and son compete for the same team like the Barons, it's the mother that has to hold her family together.
Michael Hunt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Left for dead in January, the Wisconsin Badgers have come storming back just in time for tournament play. "We figured out what we needed to do to maintain leads," forward Marcus Landry said.
Tim Sullivan, San Diego Union Tribune: USD Brandon Johnson was the final straw on the Toreros season when he went down with a ruptured achilles' tendon while playing against San Diego State. "The moment he went down, I knew what the injury was," coach Bill Grier said. "The first thing I thought was he was done, that this is awful, that is not the way this kid should end his career. My heart sunk, first and foremost for him, and then for this group because I knew how much he meant to us."
Lauren Gustus, Carson Times: Yes, Utah State lost against Nevada. But now the Aggies know exactly how to beat them the next time around. "(We saw) how they play in front of their home crowd and how hard they came out at the start of the game," forward Tai Wesley said. "We'll know what we're getting into a little bit better next time."
Andrew Logue, Des Moines Register: The University of Northern Iowa has earned its first-ever Missouri Valley Conference title and assured of getting into the NCAA tournament. "Nothing ever comes easy over here," sophomore guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe said. "But we earned it."