AUSTIN — Florida coach Billy Donovan said he has not been surprised by the large number of upsets during the two full days of NCAA Tournament action and is puzzled why it seems to stun others.He said he spent several minutes talking to his players about the irrelevance of seeds before No. 3 Florida took the court and wiped out Northwestern (La.) State 79-47 on Friday in Austin.I talk to them a lot about it, Donovan said. When games start, [fans] are always looking at the seeds. ... Listen, its amazing to me. Every year, there are upsets, as people like to put it. I dont know why anybodys surprised anymore. Everybody thats in this NCAA Tournament is a really, really good team. And if you dont play well, youre probably going to have a hard time winning the game. So I just talked to our guys and reminded them that, when the ball goes up in the air, theres no extra points we get for being a higher seed.Florida got the message, easily dispatching the Demons, a No. 14 seed, to move into Sundays game in Austin against UCLA or Minnesota.Gator milestoneFlorida guard Kenny Boynton scored 11 points Friday, taking him across the 2,000-point mark for his career and making him the second player in school history to reach that milestone.Its a great accomplishment, but we were in a struggle in the first half, Boynton said. Luckily, we got the win to go with it.Size disadvantageNorthwestern (La.) State coach Mike McConathy said he realized Florida was a tall team but did not fully appreciate the challenge he faced until the teams lined up for Fridays contest. The Demons eventually got outrebounded 43-26.We have pretty good length, McConathy said. But their length was just impossible to deal with. I knew it would be a concern but it was a bigger concern when I walked out on the court. Tape really does not do them justice on their length. They are a bigger team in person than you expect to see.
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