Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Revenge Not a Factor for Gators vs. BYU; Fredette Is One of the Few Returning Cougars Players from 2010 Game

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Revenge Not a Factor for Gators vs. BYU; Fredette Is One of the Few Returning Cougars Players from 2010 Game

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Byline: Michael DiRocco

GAINESVILLE - Florida coach Billy Donovan doesn't want his players thinking about revenge.

They might still be bothered by last year's double-overtime loss to BYU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but they can't get caught up in payback when the teams meet again Thursday in the Sweet 16 in New Orleans. Too much has changed, Donovan said, for that game to be relevant in the rematch.

"Our focus needs to be really on this game," Donovan said Monday. "The last game, as it relates to our players, has nothing to do with this at all because there's no carryover. They're not getting any points from last game. We're not getting any points from last game. It will probably be a totally different officiating crew. It's played at a different site.

"There's nothing that the players can really look at, in terms of when the ball goes up and they're playing, that they're going to take from the game other than they have seen [Jimmer] Fredette live at least one time [and] they know his speed, his quickness and size.

"We have our hands filled just worrying about this BYU team this year because they're better than they were a year ago."

That's probably the biggest difference about this year's matchup. The Cougars (32-4) and Gators (28-7) are better than they were when they met in Oklahoma City last March. BYU has spent the majority of the season ranked in the top 10 of the national polls, while Florida rolled through the Southeastern Conference.

BYU is still led by Fredette, the nation's leading scorer (28.8 points per game), but three players from last season's team are gone.

Guard Tyler Haws, who scored eight points, is on a two-year mission. Forward Jonathan Tavernari (six points, three rebounds) and forward/center Chris Miles (two points, four rebounds) graduated.

Guard Michael Loyd Jr., who came off the bench to score 26 points, transferred to Midwestern State University.

The biggest difference is forward Brandon Davies, who had been averaging 11.1 points and 6.2 rebounds through the first 29 games this season, was dismissed from the team last month for an Honor Code violation.

The Cougars still have guard Jackson Emery (12. …

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