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Mike Lopresti | | March 23, 2016

Best March Madness quotes heading into the Sweet 16

  Ryan Arcidiacono has been an extension of head coach Jay Wright on the floor for years.

What they said Wednesday at the NCAA Tournament.

Mike Krzyzewski, asked about Duke being 0-4 in the Pacific time zone in the NCAA Tournament:

"It's interesting with ESPN, every time I look at the ticker, it's something we haven't done . . . Yeah, I've never been one to look at what I do on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or whatever. I've looked at what we've done cumulative. So it's our 23rd Sweet Sixteen. We've been in 116 NCAA games, and we're honored like crazy to be in here. I really don't think it makes a damn bit of difference what we've done on the West Coast before.’’

Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger, on the impact of the remarkable rally Texas A&M – the Sooners’ Thursday opponent – had against Northern Iowa:

"I think after that game, probably people won't be subbing for a while. They'll think they've got a chance.’’

Maryland’s Mark Turgeon, on his first days coaching at Wichita State:

"When I took the job, if someone was walking in the office, someone couldn't be going out of it, it was that narrow. So the facilities weren't great and we put a lot into it. I couldn't show recruits the locker room on the visit. There was too many cockroaches down there.’’

Kansas coach Bill Self, on the Jayhawks tradition, dating back to James Naismith, compared to other top programs:

"When the inventor of the game is your first coach, I think it definitely gives you a leg up on some folks when you start talking about history.’’

Oklahoma’s Ryan Spangler, about teammate and national player of the year candidate Buddy Hield:

"Every time we walk in the gym, you know if Buddy's there by the music he's playing. You'll probably hear him on the court tomorrow scream if he's open. He does a little scream. He's got some sayings that a lot of people pick up. But I think, I don't know, he's a good guy. He makes everybody smile around him, and he's a good basketball player, but I think he's a better guy.’’

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Hield, on what his sayings are:

"Don't worry about that.’’

Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy, on his players’ reaction to the Northern Iowa rally:

"Our guys know it's incredible. They're thankful. But hopefully it only helps. We shouldn't become arrogant, that's for sure. We know how fortunate we were to win.’’

Villanova coach jay Wright, on the weight-losing efforts of Wildcat Kris Jenkins when he first arrived:

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"If you could imagine coming into college and as a freshman in college having to cut out sweets, cut out juice, not eat candy. I mean, I followed him -- we ate dinner one time, we went out to dinner as a team. We came into the restaurant and I saw him sneak into a drug store and I followed him in and got behind him to see what he would buy. We ate a nice healthy dinner and he bought candy bars and juice. I came in behind him in the line and he turned around and said 'Oh, no.’ I made him give it back.’’

Oregon coach Dana Altman, as the last survivor in the NCAA Tournament of the disappointing Pac-12:

"I think the future is really good for our league. But we haven't done well, and that's fair. We'll take criticism for that. But, again, we had a good year.’’

Turgeon, on being recruited to Kansas as a high schooler by Larry Brown:

"I was down on my knees begging Coach Brown to take me. That's what it came down to. Or my dad was doing that. I got very lucky. There was a coaching change. The coach happened to be 5'11", like me. And thank God they had 15 scholarships back then. Now we only have 13 so I probably wouldn't have been on the team.’’

Maryland’s Rasheed Sulaimon, on Turgeon taking away their cell phones at night during the tournament:

"He actually does, which has probably hurt our hearts, especially being college kids. But at the same time, we just wanted to understand that this moment is an important moment, and we didn't want any distractions.’’

Duke’s Grayson Allen, on the fan response the Blue Devils expect Thursday night:

"We know when we go to gyms that there is going to be a section of Duke fans, a section of Oregon fans, and then everyone else is rooting against us, so we're okay with that.’’

Villanova’s senior Ryan Arcidiacono, on the frequent observations he’s so much like his coach, Jay Wright:

"I don't think I dress as well as him or anything.’’

Krzyzewski on Steph Curry:

"I think he's an amazing example for constant improvement, constant love of the game, constant hunger to show that he can do it again, never satisfied, all those things are alive and well with Steph Curry.’’

Miami coach Jim Larranaga, on the 3-point shooting drill he shared with Jay Wright, his opponent Thursday:

"When I talk to my team at the beginning of the season, I ask the players, 'How many of you would like the green light to shoot the 3?’ And of course, every hand goes up. My first year at Miami, I had 6-11guys raising their hands. I said, 'Fine, you can earn that. You have to make 50 3’s in five minutes on a regular basis, because we do the drill every day. So if you average 50 or more, you get the green light. If you average 40 to 50, you get the yellow light, meaning there’s a little more caution, not quite as many, you just don’t do it automatically. If you’re averaging less than 40, you get a big red light, meaning that’s not your shot, don’t shoot it, ever.’’’

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