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Buckeyes’ Lewis: Florida is just good

By Charles Odum
Associated Press Writer

ATLANTA — Ohio State’s Ron Lewis caused a stir Sunday when he refused to follow the lead of teammates who referred to Florida as “great” or “excellent.”

“They’re a good team to me,” Lewis said, smiling at a news conference. “That’s all I can say about it.”

Florida faces Ohio State in Monday night’s NCAA championship game.

The remark from Lewis drew follow-up questions. Why just ‘good?’

“They’re a good team,” Lewis said. “I go bad team, middle team and then a good team. That’s the top. So if you want a great team, you look at the Bulls.”

Presumably, Lewis was referring to the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls.

Later, Lewis was more generous in his praise of the Gators, especially when asked if Florida making back-to-back appearances in the championship game earned his respect.

“Absolutely,” he said. “People say when teams win one championship, they kind of slow down and do not have eagerness or desire to get back.

“It shows how much they are a good team and how they play together,” he added. “It shows a lot of where their program is and shows how their coach has got them together to believe in themselves.”

Still, he was given one more chance to qualify his definition of Florida’s basketball team ranking as just good, but not great.

“Florida is a good team and you tip your hat to them because they are the national champions,” he said. “People have their standards for how they rank teams. Good is at the top of my list. Good, great, excellent, it’s all the same thing to me.”

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