Saint Mary's Samhan is somewhat quotable

March, 22, 2010
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MORAGA, Calif. -- Trash-talking Saint Mary's star center Omar Samhan has been the media darling of this NCAA tournament, and the range of his charisma was on display during today's media session at McKeon Pavilion.

Here's a sampling of some of Samhan's statements from today before the Gaels take on Baylor in the Sweet 16:

On how he ended up at Saint Mary's ...

"I was a McDonald's All-American coming out ... I was waiting for you to laugh, and you didn’t."

On being matched against Baylor's Ekpe Udoh ...

"He can jump, and I can't. He's fast, and I'm not. He's strong, and I'm not. Although I’ll have trouble guarding him, he’ll have trouble guarding me."

On those who doubt Saint Mary's ...

"Even if we win the national championship, they'll say it was a weak field."

On rival Gonzaga's second-round loss to Syracuse ...

"I felt they quit toward the end. I was surprised they lost, but not too surprised."

On how the Australian players at Saint Mary's have brought a different mix to the team ...

"That and a bunch of bad-tasting food -- Vegemite."

On being a big man who likes to play on the post ...

"I think the paint's sexy."

On not liking his team being labeled Cinderella ...

"Cinderella implies we're lucky or it's a fairytale. Who do we have to beat for people to think this isn't a fluke?"

On being told he's the best center in the East Bay region near San Francisco (including the Golden State Warriors) ...

"That's not saying much, but thank you."

On having "BEAST" tattooed on the inside of his lower lip ...

"Everyone has tattoos on their arms. That's nothing. I got my mouth tatted."

And a video message for ESPN's Joe Lunardi ...

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