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Notable Quotes From Kansas City
March 14, 2013
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Kansas coach Bill Self:
"I think our whole team is excited. I know I am. Although we got a piece of the championship (with Kansas State at 14-4) and we shouldn't apologize for that, it kind of leaves a bittersweet taste. We'd like to come over here and perform well in Kansas City to set the table for what will be hopefully bigger things to come moving forward for all the teams who qualify for the NCAA Tournament. ... I do think in the mindset of our guys, there's still some things to prove."

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins on his team's inability to grab a key defensive rebound that resulted in Texas Tech's winning points:
"Our credo for as long as I've coached has always been get to the ball. It's hard to win when you don't get to the ball. I think that's any sports. That's not just basketball, that's any sport. And this group, for whatever reason, is the worst that we've ever had at getting to the ball."

Texas Tech coach Chris Walker on his ninth-seeded team taking on top-seeded Kansas:
"That's why we're in the Big 12. That's why I like coaching in the Big 12. That's why my players like playing in the Big 12. You've got an opportunity to play on national TV and the postseason play versus the No. 1 seed in the league. So there's nothing to run from. There's something to run to."

Texas guard Myck Kabongo on watching from the bench during his 23-game suspension:
 "I learned a lot about basketball. I took it as a chance to see the game from a different perspective. I got to sit on the sideline and really watch and observe things as a coach, really. That's what I felt like, an assistant coach. Seeing things about basketball that I hadn't seen before. When you get to sit down you get to see a different side of the game."

Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds when asked if Rick Barnes would return as the Longhorns' coach:
"Absolutely. Absolutely. He's got young kids. I think he's done a great job coaching them. I think they're playing a lot better now than they were in the first part of the season. ... There are a lot of people that wouldn't want to play us right now. There are a lot of people who make the NCAA Tournament that wouldn't want to play us right now."

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, a former chair of the Division I NCAA Men's Basketball committee that selects and seeds the NCAA Tournament:
 "The process is not about putting together the at-large pool of the most deserving teams. It's determining who the best teams are at this point in the season. ... Baylor and Iowa State have both demonstrated that they're playing pretty good basketball."

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