“When the lights have been brightest, we’ve been in a rhythm lately where we just love it, embrace it and deliver in it,” coach Mike Brey said. “I think it’s gotten to be a little bit of the tradition of the program where it’s handed down to the younger guys and they’re dragged along by the older guys that have been part of it. I really see that with our upperclassmen now. It’s kind of what we do. We deliver when the lights are brightest.”
“I definitely think I am a more mentally strong fighter and I’m better all around,” Jacobs says. “He’s not cancer, not a life-threatening situation. This is a man coming to inflict pain on you.
“We needed that man,” said Nuggets coach Michael Malone, who gave Barton a pregame pep talk. “Will Barton is a very important piece of our team and we all know that. Since the break, he hasn’t found his groove and tonight to see him shoot the ball as well as he did and to be the playmaker he was, it was fantastic.”
“To get that many shutouts with one team is a pretty cool achievement,” Smith said. “I’ve played with a lot of different teammates through my time in Arizona, a lot of special people that will be friends for a long time that deserve a lot of credit with this, too. You can’t get shutouts alone.”
“DeMarcus, you are the epitome of what an NFL player should be,” Elway tweeted. “Congrats on your Hall of Fame career & thank you for becoming a Bronco!”
“Just talking to our guys and getting to know them off the field,” said Black, who introduced the competitors before the first round of shooting. “What their hobbies are, their passions, what they do in the offseason or even in-season at times.”
“A very limiting, humbling experience,” Clark called the seven-month repair-rehab-and-recovery process that began with surgery last March. Among the fixes: Repair the labrum — the cartilage around the hip socket that holds the leg — and reattach part of the hamstring tendon that had torn away from the bone.
“We should match ACT and SAT scores at halftime,” Phillips joked, “and give whoever’s ahead an extra point in the game.”
“I definitely think the Big Ten can make some noise in (the) tournament given that those teams play the same way they did in this tournament,” Wisconsin forward Vitto Brown said after losing to Michigan in the Big Ten final Sunday.