An occasional feature where we compile quotes from the weekend’s meaningful games. Read on and enjoy
“It was like an NCAA game. It was that level.”
— Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, after his No. 1-ranked Devils lost to Virginia Tech.
“I missed a shot and he said, ‘Chris Paul wouldn’t miss that shot. That’s all right. I came down and made the next one. It was fun.”
— UConn’s Kemba Walker, who made three straight baskets after being taunted by a Cincinnati fan in a 67-59 win.
“I’m still kind of baffled at what just happened. I usually don’t get in. For me, it’s about being here to get an education and go on in life. I feel like my great-grandpa put me in that spot.”
— UCLA’s Tyler Trapini, who hit the last bucket in a win over Arizona. He’s also John Wooden’s great-grandson.
“The physical nature of that team, I would’ve really enjoyed it if I wasn’t coaching against it.”
— Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, praising Purdue after getting whipped, 67-47.
“You’ve got to be a fool to not put the ball in his hands down the stretch.”
— Xavier coach Chris Mack, on the talents of guard Tu Holloway.
“At this point of the year, for this to happen, that’s what is most surprising. Let alone in this building. We hadn’t played like that in here all season.”
— Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, after being swept by in-state rival Washington State.
“I didn’t yell and scream. I probably should have. I didn’t know what to expect coming out at halftime. But our guys, they delivered.”
— Colorado coach Tad Boyle, who watched his team outscore No. 5 Texas 58-41 in the second half of a 91-89 win.
“This is the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life. Not a lot of people counted us to be cutting down the nets on this day.”
— Missouri State’s Kyle Weems after clinching the school’s first Missouri Valley title by beating Wichita State.
“Whether they shoot 14 for 24 or not, they are going to be a very, very difficult out for anyone in the NCAA tournament. I don’t care who it is. They are that good.”
— San Diego State coach Steve Fisher after his team’s 80-67 loss to BYU.
“When we’re at the Kohl Center, we don’t plan on losing. Ever.”
— Wisconsin forward Jon Leuer. The Badgers completed their third unbeaten home season in 10 years under coach Bo Ryan.
“I’m not sure how to explain it. I guess it’s youth. It might be egos, selfishness or things like that. We’re a young team, and we have to learn that sharing the ball wins games. It’s a team, not ‘I.’ I would think by now guys would know; guys would have put together the formula to win.”
— Memphis’ Tarik Black. The Tigers dropped to 21-8 after a loss to UTEP.
“We beat six teams, but we ain’t done yet.”
— St. John’s guard Dwight Hardy, who led the Johnnies to their sixth straight win by beating Villanova, 81-68.
“Everybody just kind of dug in.”
— Temple coach Fran Dunphy, whose team held GW to 18.8 shooting during the second half of a 57-41 win.
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