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Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Just had an enlightening conversation (mime version) with this guy courtside. He's picking Florida.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Dominique Hawkins says the big difference between the Kentucky team that lost to UCLA in December and the team that will face the Bruins on Friday is that the Wildcats are a better defensive team. Says they were still learning at the time of the loss. More confident on that end of the floor now.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

East Regional practices are wrapping up at Madison Square Garden. On the floor now are the Florida Gators.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball on his father: "He's been talking like this since I was born." Says it's nothing new for him. He's "just on TV" a lot now.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball on the shooting ability of his bigs: "It helps a lot. ... Having a 5- and 4-man who can spread the floor."

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is expected to be sitting behind the Wisconsin bench for the Badgers Sweet 16 game against Florida Friday night at Madison Square Garden, per UW. Rodgers, who went to Cal, has become a big fan of Wisconsin during his tenure with the Packers.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball on his instincts: "Playing point guard my whole life ... I see things before they happen."

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Lonzo Ball here at FedExForum post-practice. Says he isn't fazed by his dad's continuous comments. Sure looks that way. So mature. Also said he will go with his dad vs. Michael Jordan in 1-on-1. "That's my dad."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Alford says he trusts Lonzo Ball so much that sometimes he'll ask him "What do you think?" in the middle of a game. Says players like Ball "don't come around every often."

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

Lonzo Ball on the court in Memphis.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Alford says Lonzo Ball nearly 100 percent. Thumb injury suffered in the PAC-12 tournament not an issue.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia guard Darius Thompson will graduate and transfer. Third player to leave the Cavaliers in the last two days.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

We finally found what will rattle Steve Alford .... he just lost his cell phone here at FedExForum. Found it under Bill Raftery's table.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Roy Williams on Joel Berry II: "He does look better. ... He's still not Joel yet."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Roy Williams on Andrew Chrabascz: "Pronounce his name for me again because I've heard it 14 different ways. .... Can I call him Andrew?"

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Roy Williams: "I think the ACC is still the best league."

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Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Villanova and Duke were "supposed" to be here at Madison Square Garden. Absent those two teams with big New York fan bases, not exactly packed at the open practices.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Baylor is dabbing through its free throws.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Joel Berry II on ACC's big losses in the early rounds and the criticism that followed: "That's why they call it March Madness. Anything can happen. Just some teams didn't have their best game. ..... I still think we have the best teams in the nation. It just didn't go their way."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Joel Berry II says he's "close to 100 percent" entering Friday's game.

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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Memphis transfer Avery Woodson said he missed Butler's first recruiting call. He had more important things to do. "I saw the area code and thought it might be Butler," he said. "But I was fishing. I wasn't gonna answer." When asked to compare Memphis to Butler, he said he couldn't because they're too different "like barbecue compared to Olive Garden."