By Gabby Watson, producer of March To Madness
Mike Wise, The Washington Post: When it seemed like no one believed in him, Gary Williams coaxed a bubble team out of the 13 players who did.
Jim Kleinpeter, The Times-Picayune: LSU guard Garrett Temple could be leaving a lasting impression with the Tigers as he is poised to become the all-time leader in minutes played. "To play that amount of minutes has been a blessing for me, " Temple said. "I really didn't think I'd be able to start all four years and contribute as I have. I'm glad I had the opportunity."
Paul Kenyon, Providence Journal: University of Rhode Island coach Jim Baron has no problem hyping up the Rams' chances for a NCAA tournament berth. "Bobby Knight is the one who said it best," Baron said. "He said that ultimately it comes down to winning games. That's the way I feel. I think that's the way it should be."
Curt Cavin, Indianapolis Star: With only days left before Selection Sunday some of the Big Ten coaches are starting to petition the selection committee. "I think 9-9 in this league is a very, very good season, very worthy of the NCAA Tournament," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. "I think that's a great benchmark (for qualifying)."
Larry Hartstein, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: With Georgia Tech's season coming to a thankful close, the seniors want to make one last stand. "It's been a rough season, but I definitely want to go out on top," senior Alade Aminu said.
Darryl Slater, Richmond Times-Dispatch: Virginia Military Institute twins Chavis and Travis Holmes have been the engine for the Keydets, with Chavis being the fourth Keydet to score 2,000 points and Travis being the ninth player in Division I history with at least 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 300 steals.
Jason Franchuk, Provo Daily Herald: BYU is showing a very high level of experience and maturity as they barrel through the Mountain West Conference. "It's on the floor, it's in practice. It's how they watch film," coach Dave Rose said of his team's maturation."