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Florida Gators' Kenny Boynton says he's ready to take on BYU's Jimmer Fredette

NEW ORLEANS — Florida sophomore G Kenny Boynton said Wednesday he will play at full speed tonight against BYU. Boynton sprained his left ankle late in Saturday's win over UCLA and had not practiced with the team until Wednesday.

"It's good," Boynton said as he sat at his locker in the New Orleans Arena on Wednesday. "We just practiced (earlier in the day), and I did everything fully. I had no problems. I can cut, I did everything good. They kept asking me if I was good, but it really didn't give me any problems (Wednesday). There's no pain."

Boynton, expected to guard BYU's Jimmer Fredette, received a cortisone shot after Saturday's game, and has been having treatment all week. He has spent time in the cold tank and received heat treatments, and slept with special wraps around his ankle to alleviate swelling.

DAVIES STAYING CLOSE: BYU sophomore F Brandon Davies remains suspended from the team but travels and sits on the bench during games. Davies was suspended after the Feb. 26 San Diego State game for violating the school's honor code which prohibits premarital sex. BYU coach Dave Rose said the school made the correct decision, but having Davies remain with the team has been beneficial for both sides.

"I think our players understand, our students understand, when they come to BYU," Rose said. "And I do understand this and I respect the fact that it's hard for others to understand. But our players and the students at BYU, they are committed.

"I think that the support of the team, him being able to travel with the team, is really good for him. And him being around our players is really good for us."

Florida's players were sympathetic but said they understood the decision.

"I mean, a rule is a rule," junior G Erving Walker said.

"I feel sorry for that guy because I know if he had the chance to do it all over again, he would not have made that mistake," freshman C Patric Young said. "I just felt really bad for the guy. He knows what he was getting into when he got to the school, and that's where he really wanted to go. It's a surprise to the world because we don't know the rules, but he knew the school rules before he went there."

When asked by a reporter how many Gators would be left on the team if Florida had a similar rule, senior Chandler Parsons replied: "That's really none of my business." Coach Billy Donovan declined to get into that discussion, as did athletic director Jeremy Foley when asked how the rule would have affected his old lacrosse team at Hobart (N.Y.) College.

JUST CALL THEM BULLDOGS: One year after losing to Duke in the national championship game, Butler is back in the Sweet 16. So that means they can no longer carry the Cinderella label. So what should they be called this time around? "Bulldogs," coach Brad Stevens said. "I didn't mind being called Bulldogs last year, either, but maybe it's corny because it's our nickname. But hey, the way we got through those last two games, I don't know if there's a more appropriate nickname."

NCAA Tournament Round of 16

Region semifinals and finals Semifinals Championship Semifinals Region semifinals and finals
EAST: Newark, N.J. 1. Ohio State 1. Kansas SOUTHWEST: San Antonio, Texas
9:45 Friday, Ch. 10 FINAL FOUR:



7:27 Friday, TBS
4. Kentucky 12. Richmond
Sunday, Ch. 10 Sunday, Ch. 10
11. Marquette 11. VCU
7:15 Friday, Ch. 10 9:57 Friday, TBS
2. North Carolina April 2, Ch. 10 10. Florida State
April 4, Ch. 10 April 2, Ch. 10
WEST: Anaheim 1. Duke 8. Butler SOUTHEAST: New Orleans
9:45 tonight, Ch. 10 9:57 tonight, TBS
5. Arizona 4. Wisconsin
Saturday, Ch. 10 Saturday, Ch. 10
3. Connecticut 3. BYU
7:15 tonight, Ch. 10 7:27 tonight, TBS
2. San Diego State 2. Florida

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