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"I don't think it ever gets old hat. When you get to the NCAA playoffs, I think it's the most exciting time in sports." — Arizona men's basketball coach Lute Olson , whose team pulled out a double-overtime victory over Gonzaga Saturday. Arizona has appeared in the NCAA tournament 19 consecutive years.

"We spent two days in the biggest blizzard in the history of Denver. Who knew that was going to be the calm before the storm?" — Vermont coach Tom Brennan, after reaching the tournament site 32 hours later than scheduled and just 13 hours before tip-off against No. 1 Arizona. Arizona won 80-51.

"I'm not the coach and I don't call the plays," — Vince Carter, who took just one shot in the fourth quarter of Toronto's 95-91 overtime loss to Phoenix. Carter scored 15 points before fouling out with 1:37 left in regulation.

"I didn't see the swing but I heard the noise and looked toward the light tower. Wow!" — San Francisco manager Felipe Alou on an estimated 500-foot home run by Barry Bonds against the Seattle Mariners.

"I came to the game pretty pumped up but once I heard that, that really got me going so I guess I can maybe thank them a little bit for getting me pumped up." — Bloomington, Minn., native Mark Parrish of the New York Islanders, on Montreal fans who booed "The Star-Spangled Banner" before a game and gave him incentive to beat the Canadiens.

"Personally, I wouldn't play, but it's not my decision. My father served in Okinawa. My uncle died in Normandy. If we have a ground assault, we ought to call it off out of respect for what is happening." — Utah coach Rick Majerus.

"Hopefully for a moment I can give him that pleasure, saying my cousin did this, they won and they're moving on." — Travis Diener, who led Marquette to a first-round victory in the NCAA tournament, on his cousin, who is an Army lieutenant serving on a Patriot missile unit in the war against Iraq.

"I wasn't a hero. I was a survivor. The heroes didn't come back. The survivors returned." — Hall of Famer Bob Feller, who enlisted in the Navy two days after Pearl Harbor and spent the next 45 months on the battleship Alabama. He was the first major league player to volunteer and won eight battle stars in five campaigns.