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                   === Butler's Smith cleared to practice ===
 
 Indianapolis,  IN (Sports  Network)  -  Butler center  Andrew  Smith has  been
 cleared  to practice and could play Saturday against Fordham after sitting out
 Wednesday's game with an undisclosed injury.
 
 Butler  coach Brad Stevens initially stated earlier this week that Smith would
 sit out two games because of the injury, believed to be in the abdominal area,
 but gave an update on Friday.
 
 "Andrew  has progressed  more  quickly than  expected,"  Stevens said  Friday.
 "Whether or not he'll play Saturday at Fordham will be a game-day decision."
 
 Smith  was  struck in the abdomen  during a scramble  for a loose ball in last
 Saturday's  59-56  victory over  George Washington. He  continued to play, but
 later expressed discomfort to the Butler athletic training staff and underwent
 further medical treatment.
 
 The  11th-ranked  Bulldogs dropped a  71-67 decision at home Wednesday against
 Charlotte without Smith in the lineup.
 
 Smith  is Butler's  second-leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 11.4 points
 and 5.4 rebounds in 24 games.
 
 02/15 13:11:53 ET

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