Gators Beat Dogs; Preparing for Rivalry Game with Kentucky Tomorrow Night
This contest will arguably pair the top two SEC teams against each other. The Gators have been on fire in conference play, with the exception of the Fayetteville disaster which left Florida limping back to Gainesville.
After the game it was reported that junior forward Will Yeguete will miss the remainder of the regular season recovering from surgery to remove floating bone chips from his right knee. This is a pretty big blow for Florida. Yeguete played outstanding defense and is second on the team in rebounding, averaging 6.3 boards a game.
The Gators proved to be fine without Yeguete on Saturday against the Bulldogs of Mississippi State. It looks like Casey Prather and Michael Frazier will have expanded roles for the rest of the season. Frazier was relatively impressive in his first career start, racking up 11 points and 6 rebounds. Prather was very effective off the bench. The Junior played a season high 22 minutes and scored a season high 12 points.
Senior Erik Murphy was seen limping off the court near the end of the second half with a sprained ankle. Reports from UF have confirmed that Murphy is fine, but we will see how the ankle is holding up against a very talented Kentucky team. These two injuries could not come at a worse time for the Gators, as they are now in the final stretch of conference play vying for #1 seed in the SEC tournament.
Kentucky’s young team will be led by star freshman Nerlens Noel. Noel is a future NBA prospect and could be making that jump as soon as next season. The freshman is averaging 10.6 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per game which leads the team. The Wildcats leading scorer is freshman guard Archie Goodwin, who is averaging 14.2 points per game. This Kentucky team is extremely talented but has not lived up to the high expectations of last season's national championship team. They are not currently ranked in the top 25.
Kentucky will definitely give the Gators all they have Tuesday night in this fierce SEC rivalry game. Florida will have to rely heavily on the bench rotation and on-court leaders Patric Young and Kenny Boynton.
The game will be played at 7pm at the O Dome, and will be televised on ESPN.
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