Mbah a Moute, Lofton ready to go 

March, 26, 2008
Quick hitters for Wednesday:

• Providence athletic director Bob Driscoll asked for permission to talk to George Mason coach Jim Larranaga, GMU athletic director Tom O'Connor confirmed to Larranaga is a Providence College graduate. It's unclear whether or not Larranaga will meet with Driscoll. When discussing the possibility of Larranaga leaving George Mason, a school he took to the Final Four in 2006, O'Connor didn't seem too worried. Larranaga is heavily involved in the George Mason community and the Washington Speakers Bureau. Providence is expected to take its time in the search to replace Tim Welsh, with a number of other coaches supposedly on its list (Brown's Craig Robinson, Kent State's Jim Christian, Davidson's Bob McKillop, Siena's Fran McCaffrey and Ohio's Tim O'Shea). But the candidates may not be limited to this crew, either.

• Prior to the team's departure for Phoenix to play Western Kentucky in the Sweet 16, UCLA junior forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute practiced Tuesday without any issues. Mbah a Moute suffered a sprained ankle during Saturday's second-round win over Texas A&M. Swelling on Sunday concerned the Bruins, but an MRI was negative and Mbah a Moute proved Tuesday that he's good to go on Thursday. Meanwhile, a Tennessee spokesperson said Tuesday night that the foot injury to Chris Lofton was blown out of proportion, and the Vols don't expect him to miss any time for Thursday's Sweet 16 game against Louisville in Charlotte.