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By Gabby Watson, producer of March To Madness

Mike Lopresti, USA Today:  Twenty-five years after losing to Bob Knight and Indiana in the NCAA tournament, NBA great Michael Jordan says he's still not quite over it.

Jeffrey Martin, Kansas City Star
After transferring to Kansas State from Miami, Denis Clemente's proved to be an important leader for the Wildcats and beloved by fans -- when his mom visited the week of the game against Kansas, Clemente said she was stopped in the middle of the mall.  "She saw how the people love me," he said. "They wanted to take a picture. At the Union, people want me to sign something. It's crazy ... But I do it. If people show me love, I show them love. I'll do it. I'm a cool dude."

Jim Kleinpeter, The Times-Picayune With wins against Florida and Kentucky, LSU is no longer the unknown good SEC team and looking to finish strong.  "We want to finish these next two games, " LSU senior guard Garrett Temple said. "With this SEC championship, we don't want to be 13-3; we want to be 15-1.

Mike Tokito, The Oregonian:
  Washington is in position to get its first outright Pac-10 title and coach Lorenzo Romar is a strong contender for Pac-10 coach of the year.

Doug Smock, Charleston Gazette:  It's been a rough year for the Rice University basketball team, but with March here at last Owls fans can look forward to baseball season.  At least coach Ben Braun has made some improvements with the team.

Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune:  Now that the Big East changed their conference tournament to allow everyone to play, even the lowly South Florida Bulls can continue to attempt to gain ground.  But with all the injuries decimating their roster do the Bulls have any gas left in the tank?

William Powell, Columbia Missourian:  Texas A&M is fighting their way back into tournament consideration after winning four straight games.  "I thought we were turning it around really before we started to win," coach Mark Turgeon said. "I thought we were playing better. We were playing with more confidence. It helps to win, obviously, and it continues to grow."

Mick Elliott, The Tampa Tribune
Florida's 13 wins have come from teams with RPI ratings of 100 or more and with this lack of strength in their schedule they need to make every game count.  "We understand what's at stake here," sophomore forward Chandler Parsons said. "It's our season. The margin of error is getting really small now. We understand we control our destiny so we've got to take one game at a time."




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