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Rock On: Al Jefferson an object of beauty?

Published: Monday, March 25 2013 7:45 p.m. MDT

Utah's Al Jefferson pumps his fist after a play by teammate DeMarre Carroll as the Jazz and the Pistons play Monday, March 11, 2013 at Energy Solutions Arena. The Jazz won 103-90. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) Utah's Al Jefferson pumps his fist after a play by teammate DeMarre Carroll as the Jazz and the Pistons play Monday, March 11, 2013 at Energy Solutions Arena. The Jazz won 103-90. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SHOCK AND AWE

Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall went anecdotal with the media last week, describing guard Malcolm Armstead.

He said that during a regular-season game, he couldn't get Armstead's attention because his player was talking to an opponent. Asked why, Armstead said, "Well, Coach, I had just taken the ball from him and I was trying to tell him he can't dribble the ball so high; it's not going to work."

Marshall said, "Why are you doing that to the opposition?"

"Well," Armstead said, "he's a nice kid and I want to see him do well."

In that case, why not just hand him the playbook?

RAINBOW CONNECTION

Marshall wasn't holding back on Saturday after Wichita State's win over Gonzaga, either.

Describing Ron Baker's ridiculously long, high 3-point shot, Marshall said, "It was a rainbow. It was majestic and it was forever."

Kind of like, you know, Dennis Rodman.

DEFENSE DEPT.

Al Jefferson is one of the more quotable Jazz players, and it seems he has come through again.

The Tribune's Bill Oram tweeted last week that Jefferson believes he is better looking than a young Denzel Washington.

Fine. Just so he doesn't claim to guard the paint better than Washington guarded Paula Patton in "Deja vu."

IT LIVES!

Scientists claim they're on the verge of bringing extinct species back to life via "de-extinction."

So that's what Larry Krystkowiak's doing with the Ute basketball program.

MISSION COMPLETED

Harvard guard Christian Webster on losing to Arizona in the NCAA tournament: "We accomplished all our goals this year."

All right, so maybe sweeping Columbia wasn't on their A-list.

IS 'ADORABLE' OK?

Webster on the "cute" story of the Crimson beating third-seeded New Mexico: "Well, I don't know about us being cute."

Trust a Harvard guy to argue semantics.

OVER AND OUT

Dennis Latta of Loboland.com was so incensed over New Mexico's tourney loss to Harvard, he quit.

"I really thought that the University of New Mexico finally had a men's basketball team that earned the loyalty of their fans," he wrote. "I was wrong."

He also wrote, "I've had it. I've been to my last Lobo basketball game."

Were it not for a new 10-year contract, that could have been Steve Alford's exit line.

MID-MADNESS

Steve Schrader, Detroit Free Press, on Barack Obama filling out an NCAA tournament bracket before leaving on a trip to Israel: "Or, as he calls it, the Middle East Regional."

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