The Washington Times - March 17, 2011, 02:06PM

CLEVELAND – Ankle sprains are unlikely to keep George Mason guards Andre Cornelius and Luke Hancock out of Friday’s NCAA tournament round of 64 game against Villanova.

Both Cornelius and Hancock are participating in Thursday’s open practice at Quicken Loans Arena, and both said they were fine during an open locker room session before the workout.

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Coach Jim Larranaga said he anticipates both players to be available after suffering practice injuries this week.

“Everybody practiced yesterday and did a very good job,” Larranaga said. Everybody’s going to practice today, and hopefully they’ll do a good job today. It’s open to the public; you can watch and see for yourself what the physical condition is of our team.  …

“I’m very, very happy with where we are right now. The guys are in very good shape mentally, and we’re in pretty good shape physically. Although it’s been a long time since we’ve played a game. And I don’t know if there will be any effects of that tomorrow.  But chances are I think our guys will play very hard and very well and there won’t be any excuses, that’s for sure.”

Hancock has started 29 of 32 games for the Patriots (26-6) and averaged 10.7 points. Cornelius started all 32 games and is averaging 9.9 points.

Patrick Stevens