Big Blue Linkapalooza: Mountaineers Edition

We desperately need us some Terrence Jones today.

Today is all about the West Virginia Mountaineers, as they tip it off against the Kentucky Wildcats today in the early game of the NCAA Tournament's second third round.

At the end, we'll have some quotes thoughtfully sent to us by Ken DeCelles of SBN's South Florida Bulls blog, Voodoo Five.  Thanks so much to Ken for providing them.

Now some quotes from yesterday:

  • Q. I was just kind of wondering with the relationship you and Bob have, does it put any kind of extra spin on it when you guys recruit against each other? For instance, like Devon a couple years ago, Doron this last year? Obviously you guys are close, but this is kind of a different spin.

    COACH CALIPARI: I don't take recruiting personal. If the families decide that they want to play for another coach, whether it's Bob or anybody else, I move on. I don't take a whole lot of transfers. So when kids call and say I made a mistake, I'd like to come, I never take them. You get the first round and that's it because we've moved on to other guys. I've never yelled at a coach or a player for not coming with me, and I wish you luck and hope you do well unless we play you and I hope we smash you if we play you.

    With Bob or anybody, I try real hard not to take this stuff personal, move on to the next young man who really wants to play for us or me
  • Q. Terrence, a two parter. Have teams changed the way they've played you as the season has progressed? I noticed last night you were coughing. How are you feeling today?

    TERRENCE JONES: Today is one of the best days I've had. The trainer has really been taking care of me.

    Yeah, teams played all of us different, I'd say, just depending on what the coaching staff sees in their scouting. I've been double teamed or in the post or just leave your man and come if I'm driving. But we've got other guys that have been making plays and really been trying to make teams pay for just focusing in on a couple guys.
  • Q. I was just kind of wondering with the relationship you and Bob have, does it put any kind of extra spin on it when you guys recruit against each other? For instance, like Devon a couple years ago, Doron this last year? Obviously you guys are close, but this is kind of a different spin.

    COACH CALIPARI: I don't take recruiting personal. If the families decide that they want to play for another coach, whether it's Bob or anybody else, I move on. I don't take a whole lot of transfers. So when kids call and say I made a mistake, I'd like to come, I never take them. You get the first round and that's it because we've moved on to other guys. I've never yelled at a coach or a player for not coming with me, and I wish you luck and hope you do well unless we play you and I hope we smash you if we play you.

    With Bob or anybody, I try real hard not to take this stuff personal, move on to the next young man who really wants to play for us or me personally.
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