What they're saying...

March 11, 1996

I don't know if we can get the emotion back." -- Mississippi State coach Richard Williams, whose team upset No. 1 Kentucky and opens against Virginia Commonwealth.

"They're a great team. They have two great teams. One is sitting on the side. The other is on the court." -- San Jose State coach Stan Morrison on his first-round opponent, Kentucky.

"I knew it; I knew it." -- Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian, whose team was bypassed by the NCAA tournament and will play in the NIT.

"I think the hardest thing to do is get an at-large bid when you're not in a power conference. We're looking at it as a second season." -- Bradley coach Jim Molinari, whose team plays Stanford in the first round.

"We feel we've been placed in as tough a bracket as there is in the entire tournament . . . with five conference champions." -- Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun.

"I really don't know much about Syracuse, but I'm sure I'm more familiar with them than they are with us." -- Montana State coach Mick Durham.

"If you asked me if I thought we'd be in the NCAAs in just two years, absolutely no way." -- Clemson coach Rick Barnes.

"We consider ourselves very lucky. I would have really felt like I let our team down if we hadn't been selected. Now maybe I can relax a little bit." -- Santa Clara coach Dick Davey, whose team will face Maryland.

Bubble burst

Teams considered but not picked, for the NCAA tournament:

Team .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Rec.

Alabama .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 16-11

College of Charleston ... .. 24-3

Davidson . .. .. .. .. .. .. 25-4

Fresno State ... .. .. .. .. 20-10

Illinois . .. .. .. .. .. .. 18-12

Minnesota ... .. .. .. .. .. 18-12

Oklahoma State . .. .. .. .. 17-10

Providence .. .. .. .. .. .. 17-11

Tulane ... .. .. .. .. .. .. 18-9

Pub Date: 3/11/96

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