Maryland averaged only 8.6 ACC wins since '02 title season.
In the wake of Gary Williams’ retirement, there has been considerable debate about the quality of the Maryland job as it relates to the rest of the college basketball landscape. Like most, I believe it is one of the top 10 in the nation. I would put four at the top of the list — North Carolina, Duke, Kansas and Kentucky (in no particular order) — and slot UCLA in at No. 5. After that, Maryland is in a select group that includes Texas, Ohio State and Illinois. Michigan State and UConn could easily be in the second tier, as well.
"I just want to do other things. I'm 66. How many other coaches are coaching beyond 66? Maybe only (Connecticut's) Jim Calhoun and [Syracuse's] Jim Boeheim. You get to be a certain age and I know I can do other things."
Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams on his decision to retire.
"As a team, we're preparing for a special season. My offseason plans are to diligently work on honing my basketball skills in all areas with one team-goal in mind - to bring the 2012 national championship home to UNC."
North Carolina freshman forward Harrison Barnes on spurning the NBA and returning to Chapel Hill for his sophomore season.
"It was a great experience playing for Coach K. He taught me a lot about the game. Even when I was hurt, I learned a lot. Also a special thanks goes to the medical staff for getting me back on the court for the NCAA Tournament and my teammates for sticking with me throughout the entire year. Duke offered me an experience I could never have imagined."
Point guard Kyrie Irving on declaring for the NBA Draft after one year at Duke.
Kemba Walker leads Huskies to Jim Calhoun's third national title.
With a 53–41 victory over Butler in the national title game, Kemba Walker joined Richard Hamilton (1999) and Ben Gordon (2004) among the pantheon of Connecticut champions. In the process, the 6'1" junior from the Bronx helped define what it means to be a scoring guard at UConn more than anyone since Ray Allen.