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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Nerlens Noel on potential future with Mavs: "I love the city of Dallas. I do, but we all know what happens in this business."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Nerlens Noel: "I have a very simple mindset: Come in and play the best basketball that I can play."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki on Dennis Smith Jr.: "I've rarely seen an athlete like this at the point guard spot. Just freakish. ... He's going to be hopefully a cornerstone for our franchise for a long, long time. He's going to be fun to play with and he's going to be fun for our fans to watch."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki: "Twenty seasons is special. I don't care if it's with one franchise or anywhere. Twenty years is a long, long time. I definitely wanted to get to this goal. ... I'm happy and glad that it was in one place. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."

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TCU is no longer under the radar

Matt Schick, Adam Rittenberg and Chris Low weigh in on TCU's victory over Oklahoma State, noting that wins like this should no longer come as a surprise for Gary Patterson's Horned Frogs.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle on Nerlens Noel: "I'm not sure that he's going to start. ... There's a very good chance that he could come off the bench." Carlisle says the Mavs are best with Dirk Nowitzki starting at center.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs guard J.J. Barea finally got to talk to his parents in Puerto Rico on Sunday and confirmed that his family is safe.

ESPN Stats & Info

Darius Anderson leads Big 12 standouts

Anderson's huge day helped TCU earn a major upset on the road, with his 42-yard TD putting the game out of reach in the final minutes. Texas Tech's Dakota Allen earned honors on defense after stuffing the stat sheet against Houston, while Baylor kicker Connor Martin got the nod on special teams in a losing effort.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas coach Tom Herman, on the premise of taking Iowa State lightly: "There are a lot of guys here that were there for 24-0 (in Ames two years ago). There will be zero taking of (Iowa State) lightly."

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Georgia, TCU climb into top 10

The Bulldogs moved up four spots after handling Mississippi State, while the Horned Frogs jumped seven thanks to a win over Oklahoma State. The top five is unchanged, although Alabama garnered seven more first-place votes this week, while Clemson lost seven.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor coach Matt Rhule on QB Zach Smith, who threw 463 yards and 4 TDs against Oklahoma: "It cements to him, hey I can do this. For him to play the way he did, it really gives him the confidence that he can make the big play, while not making bad decisions. ... That's something to build on."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor coach Matt Rhule on K-State: "My kind of football team. If I could think of what I'd want a football team to look like, it would be them."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

3-0 Texas Tech ranks second nationally in turnover margin, and has forced nine turnovers. Said Kliff Kingsbury, "That's what we've been searching for. That's why I was so excited about having (defensive coordinator) David Gibbs for a third year. We're developing a culture, developing an identity."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen on next opponent TCU: "They're really, really good. It's hard to win in Stillwater and they did it convincingly. The quarterback (Kenny Hill) is playing as good as anybody in the country. They look like a top 10 team to me."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

TCU has converted 63 percent of its third downs this season. Since at least 2004, when the NCAA began keeping third down statistics, no team has finished with a better third-down rate.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

After beating Oklahoma State, TCU has jumped up to No. 3 in Strength of Record. SOR is purely a measure of accomplishment, quantifying the percentage chance an average top-25 team could achieve a record a team has given the opponents and circumstances in that team's games. Oklahoma remains atop the list.